Big Ponderoo reveals official poster
Last updated 3/21/2023 at Noon
Sisters’ new music festival Big Ponderoo has revealed the June event’s full lineup, along with the official 2023 poster image.
The brand-new music festival will take place June 24-25, with bluegrass and Americana music on two stages in Sisters — Sisters Art Works and the lawn at the Three Creeks Brewing production facility.
The Lone Bellow, The Lil’ Smokies, Dustbowl Revival, The Last Revel, and regional bands Honey Don’t and Skillethead join the previously announced lineup, which includes The War and Treaty, The Travelin’ McCourys, Corb Lund, Margo Cilker, Jon Stickley Trio, Mile Twelve, Twisted Pine, Never Come Down, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, and FY5.
The Nashville-based trio The Lone Bellow is known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship, and raucous live performance, creating what NPR calls “earnest and magnetic folk-pop built to shake the rafters.” With earthy harmonies and songwriting as provocative as it is honest, the trio — made up of Brian Elmquist, lead vocalist Zach Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin — creates sparks that bring our sense of childlike wonder roaring back.
Blending virtuosic instrumental acrobatics with riveting lyrical craftsmanship, The Lil’ Smokies have earned a reputation as one of the most electrifying acts in modern American roots music thanks to their exhilarating live show and critically acclaimed studio output. Since forming on the streets of Missoula, Montana, the band has performed everywhere — from Red Rocks to The Rialto — and captivated festival audiences at Telluride, High Sierra, LOCKN’, Freshgrass, FloydFest, and countless more.
After celebrating over a decade of sonic adventuring and playing thousands of shows together in ten countries and counting, Dustbowl Revival has collected a devoted fanbase coast-to-coast. The group has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. The six-piece band is known for their joyful, booty-shaking soul songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their transcendent live shows.
Following a five-year hiatus, The Last Revel has reunited to produce new music with a revitalized appreciation for camaraderie and creativity. The trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the full spectrum of modern Americana to life with lush arrangements of three-part vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, fiddle, and five-string banjo to consistently support impassioned performances of their honest and heartfelt songwriting.
Bringing a measured blend of folk, bluegrass, and old-time swing, Bend-based band Honey Don’t perform country-influenced tunes that draw you in and make you want to dance and sing along to their fantastic vocal and instrumental performances.
Setting roots in the high and dry Central Oregon desert, Skillethead calls forth the best of bluegrass, old and new. They ground themselves firmly in the bluegrass traditions of driving fiddle tunes, layered harmonies, and single mics, all the while weaving in inspiration and originality gleaned from genres far and wide.
The inaugural Big Ponderoo poster artwork was created by artist and musician Austin Quattlebaum and features a “party-pine” filled with funky forest creatures set in front of the idyllic Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and the Metolius river.
Two-day tickets are available at advanced pricing of $175/ticket for adults and $70/ticket for youth ages 17 and under. Single-day tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. after the performance schedule is released. Saturday-only tickets are $100/adults and $45/youth, and Sunday-only tickets are $90/adults and $40/youth. Children under 5 attend for free. Tickets are available at www.aftontickets.com/BigPonderoo.
Those interested in volunteering for a ticket can sign-up for shifts starting March 22. Volunteers working a minimum of 8-10 hours will receive a two-day wristband, with access to both venues throughout the weekend when not volunteering (subject to venue capacity, as with all pass-holders). For more information visit www.bigponderoo.com/volunteer.
Be sure to follow @BigPonderoo on Instagram and Facebook for all festival updates and lineup information.