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Sól Grass Returns to Washington Island

Sól Grass Music Festival will be back for its fourth year at Washington Island Campground, June 14-15. The weekend is part bluegrass fest, part camping trip and all customizable. 

The featured artists this year are The Lil Smokies, The Last Revel, Big Richard, Arkansauce, Maygen and the Birdwatcher, The Cody Sisters Band, The Milbillies, Brotherhood of Birds, The Sweet Lillies, The Driftless Revelers, Lena Marie Schiffer and Frog Furr. 

The Lil Smokies combine vocals, guitar, fiddle, dobro and upright bass to create roots music that electrifies audiences. Since the group got its start busking in Montana in 2009, it has played everywhere from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to The Rialto Theatre. Photo from the band’s Facebook page.
The Last Revel brings the full spectrum of Americana to life. The four-piece folk group from Minneapolis, Minnesota backs up four-part vocal harmonies with acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle and 5-string banjo. Photo by Ben DeVenzia from the band’s Facebook page.

During the day, guests are encouraged to explore the island – or enjoy the amenities on the campsite, including a swimming pond, a playground, a volleyball court and a mini-golf course – before returning to the campsite for an evening of music. Stage performances will end at 11 pm both nights, but acoustic campfire jams may continue on through the night. Attendees can take their own instruments and join in with fellow campers and band members.

Food and beverages from Door County Brewing, Island Orchard Cider, Tapuat Kombucha and The Pointe Grille will be available in the concert area; no carry-in food or drinks are allowed there.

Attendees can stay in tents or trailers, or choose a cabin or an off-site lodging option if they don’t want to camp out. Day passes are also available. 

The music of Maygen and the Birdwater brings together sadness and silliness, beauty and grit. The progressive folk/rock/country sextet combines vastly different musical influences and vocal styles to create unexpected songs and memorable live shows. Photo by Wolfskull Creative from the band’s Facebook page.
Live shows by Big Richard marry irreverent stage banter, stunning four-part harmonies and a refreshingly eclectic repertoire of music. The Colorado-based neo-acoustic group takes inspiration from traditional and modern bluegrass, as well as classical, country and pop. Photo by Akira Youngblood from the band’s Facebook page.

Unreserved tent camping is included with a general-admission ticket, which costs $135. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those staying in trailers, RVs and campers, or sleeping in a vehicle, must reserve a campsite.

To find more information and purchase tickets, visit solgrassmusicfestival.com.