Nelsonville Music Festival, 5/14 – 5/16/10 Featuring Loretta Lynn, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Buffalo Killers and More

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio- Stuart’s Opera House is thrilled to announce some incredible new additions to this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival! Oscar-winning group The Swell Season, the “Queen of Soul” Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver join an already amazing lineup for the festival that includes Loretta Lynn, Man Man, Todd Snider, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and over a dozen more acts already announced. The Swell Season will close out the weekend on Sunday, May 16th, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will close out Saturday night, May 15th after the festival’s headliner Loretta Lynn, and outlaw legend Billy Joe Shaver will play before Ms. Lynn on Saturday evening. The festival is a production of Stuart’s Opera House and will take place May 14-16, 2010 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Weekend passes are on sale now, and much more information and tickets can be found on the festival’s new website at www.nelsonvillefest.org or by calling Stuart’s at (740) 753-1924.

The 6th annual Nelsonville Music Festival will take place May 14-16, 2010 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. In addition to three days of live music of all kinds on multiple stages, the Nelsonville Music Festival also features local art vendors, local food, kids activites, camping, and a beer garden. This year’s lineup includes Loretta Lynn, The Swell Season, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Man Man, Todd Snider, Billy Joe Shaver, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Michael Hurley, Those Darlins, Detroit Cobras, Drakkar Sauna, The Spikedrivers, Southeast Engine, and many more. Weekend passes are only $40 right now and go up to $45 on March 1st (and $5 each month after), with single day tickets going on sale April 1.

The Swell Season formed in 2005 after Glen Hansard, (lead singer of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova recorded an album in Prague while working together on a movie soundtrack, that record ‘The Swell Season’ was released in 2006. In many ways, it was to prove partly inspirational for John Carney’s ‘Once’, a low-budget Irish indie film that turned out to be the most successful independent features of 2007. The pair not only wrote the songs for the movie but they both starred in it as well. Since the release of the film Glen and Marketa have toured extensively as The Swell Season and in February 2008 they took the Academy Award in the Best Original Song category for ‘Falling Slowly’. They have recently released their newest album Strict Joy in October of 2009 to critical acclaim, and have continued to tour. This show is the first announced US date of 2010.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have come a long way since their humble beginnings nearly a decade ago. Steeped within the gilded and gritty sounds of gospel, soul and funk, this nine-piece Brooklyn collective has continued to electrify fans, and critics the world-over with their authentic, heart-felt sound.. Their albums recall an analog era led by iconic studios like those at Motown and Stax Records.As distinguished as their recordings may be, however, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have truly become renowned thanks to their incredible live show. Rounding out the new additions to the Nelsonville Music Festival is outlaw country legend Billy Joe Shaver, who Willie Nelson himself says “may be the best songwriter alive today”.

The 6th annual Nelsonville Music Festival will take place on May 14-16, 2010 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College and will feature headliner Loretta Lynn on Saturday, May 15th. Also confirmed for this year are The Swell Season and Todd Snider on Sunday, May 16th, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Billy Joe Shaver on Saturday, May 15th, Man Man and Black Joe Lewis on Friday, May 14th. Michael Hurley, Detroit Cobras, and Those Darlins, and over a dozen more round out the weekend lineup, with many more to be announced. Weekend passes are available right now for $40 and will go up to $45 on March 1st, single day tickets will not be available until April 1. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.nelsonvillefest.org or call Stuart’s Opera House at (740) 753-1924.