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Knoxville Welcomes Its Newest Music Festival

Knoxville's newest festival, the Meadow Lark Music Festival, will make its debut on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the meadow of Ijams Nature Center.

A joint production of WDVX Radio and Ijams Nature Center, the festival will host the widely popular roots band Donna the Buffalo. Also featured will be The Hackensaw Boys, Phil Pollard and the Band of Humans, Valley Young, Spirit Family Reunion and other bands popular in our area. The festival is being supported by individuals and companies, including New Belgium Brewing which is known for its environmental stewardship philosophy.

WDVX Radio and Ijams Nature Center both share a mission to preserve the natural and musical aspects of our region's heritage. Both organizations attract area and national visitors. Approximately 150,000 people visit Ijams annually and WDVX hosts over 25,000 people each year for the Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Convention Center.

"Ijams meadow is a beautiful setting and a great listening space so having a roots music festival there will give people a wonderful music experience," said WDVX General Manager Linda Billman. "Donna The Buffalo is known for its eclectic and often socially conscious music, so DTB is a perfect band for the festival's debut and for launching the Ijams and WDVX partnership," according to Ijams Executive Director Paul James.

Festival tickets may be purchased in advance at for $20. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include special seating and hospitality are available for $75 each.

The Meadow Lark Music Festival will include art and craft vendors, children's activities, educational displays, and food vendors.

Other founding sponsors of Meadow Lark include Elizabeth Eason Architecture, LLC, Three Rivers Market,, Tomato Head, and WBIR-TV. Festival volunteers are employees of Green Mountain Roasters.

Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center providing outdoor connections and experiences through education, conservation, and recreation. It is located in South Knoxville just three miles from downtown.

WDVX is an independent, community-supported radio station playing an eclectic mix of music celebrating the arts and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. The station is broadcast in Knoxville and surrounding areas at 89.9 or 102.9 and webcast at

Published May 29, 2011

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