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Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival kicks off June 10-11 in Nelsonville


Music festivals are springing up like flowers in southeast Ohio, and a new one is taking root this year.

The first Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival will be held at Hocking College in Nelsonville on June 10-11.

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The college was once the site of the Nelsonville Music Festival, produced by Stuart’s Opera House. This year, the Nelsonville Music Festival will be held in September at the new Snow Fork Event Center.

The Black Diamond Festival is produced by Hocking College, with the participation of many college students, and is dedicated to celebrating the culture and music of the region, with an emphasis on old country, bluegrass and other roots music.

Headlining the two-day festival will be singer-songwriter Elle King, who grew up in southeast Ohio; bluegrass and rockabilly legend Marty Stuart; country musician Elvie Shane; and old-school country-rock band The Kentucky Headhunters.

Country singer Marty Stuart will be among the headliners of the Black Diamond Arts and Music Festival.

The name of the festival comes from the region in which it takes place.

“Nelsonville was one of the small towns in Black Diamond, which is a term that refers to coal, said Sean Terrell, dean of workforce development and community engagement at Hocking College and the one of the organizers of the festival.

“These Appalachian foothill towns were all thriving mining towns. With the decline of coal, cities declined. It’s a rich part of this region’s heritage and history, but most people outside of Appalachia don’t know what the term means.

The music will rotate on three stages, a main stage and two smaller ones, to maximize the time spent on the music and minimize the setup time.

Among the many other artists performing will be the Coal Cave Hollow Boys, The Steel Woods, Flying Buffaloes, Red Clay Strays and McGuffey Lane.

The weekend will not be limited to music.

“We wanted to have other things for people to do here, so we focused on the art part,” Terrell said. “We have planned many arts and crafts activities and many activities based on the natural assets that are here. Southeast Ohio is a very wealthy artisan community. Lots of pottery, clay, as well as blown glass.

Community and college artisans will sell their wares during the festival and 15 or 16 of them will demonstrate inside the college buildings for the duration of the festival.

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Camping will be available for those wanting the full festival experience, but those wanting a bit more comfort can book rooms in the campus dorms or in the newly renovated Hocking College Lodge, which reopened last summer. . Shuttle buses will transport guests from the lodge to the festival site on the college’s main campus and back.

Culinary students from the college will prepare regional foods for sale and several food trucks will also be on site. Students studying fermentation in college will brew craft beer, which will be on sale over the weekend.

“This weekend is going to be a great escape, Terrell said. “The foothills are the perfect place in terms of acoustics and festival atmosphere. It’s the perfect time to unplug and come to Hocking College in the middle of southeast Ohio, on 2,300 acres of pristine Appalachian foothills.

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The Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival will be held June 10-11 at Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville. Music starts Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $85 for a day pass. (www.blackdiamondmusicfestival.com)