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Meadow Run | Friday 5:30pm

This husband and wife duo hail from the cozy hills of West Virginia. They play unique songs that blend the contemporary folk genre with a bluegrass spirit. Lindsey’s voice often carries her own lyrics which collect friendships, mountain scenery, thoughtful reminiscence, and mixes them into a soothing, energetic sound while Ty backs up her sound with his beautiful melodic style of fiddle and vocal harmonies. Their love of music and for each other is evident as these two play from the heart.


18 Strings | Friday 6:15pm

 18 Strings is an acoustic string trio based out of Morgantown, WV. The three members come from different musical backgrounds spanning everything from jazz to folk, and rock to classical. The result is a seamless fusion of styles that incorporates smart songwriting, tight harmonies, refined instrumental technique, and an airtight groove. They released their eponymous debut album in mid-2016 and have since signed with Mon Hills Records, with whom they are currently working on their sophomore full-length. Appalachia is a culturally rich region that 18 Strings is proud to call home. Their aesthetic draws from the people of the mountains and their stories. The organic sound of voices, a guitar, mandolin, and upright bass matches the miles and miles of rolling hills that hide centuries of musical tradition.


Floyd Cowger | Friday 7:15pm

Local favorite and famed story teller Floyd Cowger performs some classic covers, as well as a few originals, with timeless lyrics, a touch of bluegrass and some old, outlaw country blues.


Two Ton Twig | Friday 8:00pm

Based in Alexandria, VA, Two Ton Twig explores of the fringes of traditional bluegrass and string band music with their eclectic blend of modern influences. Their second album, Fairydust & Rattlesnakes was released in January 2018 and combines traditional storytelling with themes about the conflicts of modern life, love, and loss. They have performed at venerable DC venues, The Hamilton and 9:30 Club, as well as festivals across the mid-Atlantic. Two Ton Twig is Brandon Boling (banjo, vocals), Donnie Riggs (guitar, dobro, vocals), Alexandra Touzinsky (fiddle, keys, vocals), and Ryan Thomas (bass, mandolin, vocals).


Stewed Mulligan | Friday 9:15pm

A Cheat Fest favorite, Stewed Mulligan is back yet again bringing their flavor of the old backwoods sound with string band tradition to create music that “could have been birthed in a basement by the illegitimate sons of The Band. If Fat Albert’s Junkyard band had an Appalachian bizarro group, they would be called Stewed Mulligan.”  This will be a set you don’t want to miss!


EMay | Saturday 12 noon 

EMay is a singer-songwriter in the rock and AAA genre, but her style can be attributed to cross-cultural exposure. Her teachers include grunge rock Grammy record holder Alanis Morisette; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jorma Kaukonen; master of Turkish percussion Nicholas Ragheb; the premier Robert Johnson academic Tom Feldman; and many late-night fireside sessions in the hills of West Virginia. Additionally, she studied classical piano in the suzuki method as a kid, gained some insider electronic music tricks one night at Burning Man with Govinda. She has opened for 10,000 Maniacs, Toubabe Krewe, Rusted Root, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Marcia Ball, The Black Lilies and Cabinet. Beyond music, her collaborations include musicians, dancers and theater companies.

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Western Avenue String Band | Saturday 1:15pm

Based out of the Washington DC Metro area, Western Avenue String Band came together seven years ago with two things in mind—making music rooted in the American bluegrass/folk traditions and writing/performing their own music. The Western Avenue String Band plays a variety of genres including contemporary and traditional bluegrass, fiddle tunes, and songs by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, David Grisman, and The Band. Their music also includes original tunes written and arranged specifically for the group.


WildWater Band |  Saturday 2:​30pm

The Wild Water Band’s name was conceived from many road trips from Ohio to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the West Virginia waterways in the decade following 1985. When our dear friend Keith Pitzer presented his vision of cleaning up the rivers, we were one of the bands to perform at the first Cheat River Fest!…… It was an honor then… it is an honor now!

Co-founder Michael Kalter plays his Martin guitar while singing most of the lead vocals. Chip Pritchard adds the lower frequencies while play the upright bass and is vocal coach. Doug Hamilton gives the best violin / fiddle while singing as well.  Michael Clutter has deep roots in the mountains of West Virginia and plays banjo and mandolin.

Wild Water Band wants to help promote Keith’s vision any way and anytime we can.

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Halftime Stringband | Saturday 3:45pm


Now in their 15th year, the Halftime boys have entertained barflies, river rats, saints and sinners from Sitka to Summersville.  Wielding a wealth of remarkably aimless musical precision, their performances weave a rich fabric of perplexing textures and invoke a wide variety of emotional responses.

Waitmen_bandThe Waitmen | Saturday 5:00pm

​The Waitmen are Appalachian soul — stories about life in the hills; songs about surfing, struggle & redemption; love & light in the darkness.

 Mountain Ride | Saturday 6:00pm

Mike Pushkin & the Loyal Opposition | Saturday 7:15pm

Strung Like A Horse | Saturday 8:30pm

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Fletcher’s Grove | Saturday 10:00pm

Known for their high-energy shows, the band mixes a fierce rhythmic foundation, dual guitar solos, and an Appalachian tinged mix of genres that makes standing still nearly impossible. By focusing on musical intricacy and creating seamless improvisation, Fletcher’s Grove has captured the imaginations of thousands in the Mountain State and beyond.

Fletcher’s Grove has hit the festival season’s hard playing festivals like All Good Music Festival, Hookahville, Summer Camp Music Festival, The Werk Out Music Festival, Highland Jam, Kind Roots, Hookahnanny, Hookah in the Hills, Masquerade Ball, Camp Barefoot, WV State Fair, Mon Arts Festival, Woodlands Spring Jubilee, Live on the Levee, Recipe Family Cookout, and Halloween Masquerade Ball.

Fletcher’s Grove plays over 100 shows and festivals a year, sharing the stage and line-up with bands such as Furthur, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Dark Star Orchestra, Gov’t Mule, Rusted Root, Papadosio, The Werks, Ekoostik Hookah, EOTO, STS9, The New Mastersounds, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Cornmeal, Great American Taxi, and number of other talented artist.