Miami Valley Music Festival plays this weekend

By Allison C. Gallagher - [email protected]

MIAMI COUNTY — All kinds of jams are coming to the Troy Eagles Campground tonight and tomorrow.

The Miami Valley Music Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) public charity organized in Miami County with the purpose of hosting music events to raise funds and awareness for local charitable causes.

Their “Charity Rocks!” initiative seeks to educate the public on opportunities to give back to the community, and show younger festival audiences the public services offered by non-profit organizations. The MVMFA continually develops programming to show how charitable giving is not only be easy and accessible, but also fun.

This year, the festival will bring 42 different performers to the stage.

Festival director Brad Denson said this is his seventh year as director out of the 10 years the festival has been going on, and each year the festival has grown.

“I remember when it first started the festival had about 100 people show up,” he said. “Now it’s grown to where we can see about 3,000 people.”

The genres vary from rockabilly to punk, reggae, country, and bluegrass. The only kind of music festival-goers will not hear is hip hop or heavy metal, since those sounds clash with the festival’s laid-back vibe.

“All the bands help to bring a positive vibe to the festival,” he said. “It’s really an easy-going event, and is family-friendly as well. We have all ages come, from people in their 70s to babies.”

Tickets for the festival are available online. Presale pricing is $45 a ticket, while tickets at the gate are $65. Denson said those interested in a one-day pass are able to purchase those for $35 per day.

“The festival gets a high turnout and is a lot of fun for everyone,” he said. “All-in-all, it’s local people helping local charities.”

The campground is located at 2252 Troy-Urbana Rd. in Troy. To see the lineup schedule, visit the festival website under the “Festival” tab.

By Allison C. Gallagher

[email protected]

Reach Allison C. Gallagher at [email protected] or on Twitter @Troydailynews.

Reach Allison C. Gallagher at [email protected] or on Twitter @Troydailynews.

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