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Kekoka Music Festival to feature 8 bands

Featured band the “Waffle Stompers” will perform Friday and Saturday on the waterfront stage for the fourth annual YMCA Kekoka Music Festival.

“Bronze Radio Return,” a six-man indie and rock revival band on national tour, will headline the 4th annual Kekoka Music Festival (KMF) on Saturday, June 8. Named one of Taco Bell’s 2012 Feed the Beat Artists, along with similar bands—The Lumineers, Imagine Dragon, and Civil Twilight—Bronze Radio Return is best known for its 2011 release of “Shake! Shake! Shake!”

The weekend-long festival features local and national acoustic folk and rock-n-roll bands on the waterfront stage at Camp Kekoka in Kilmarnock. It is rapidly gaining a name in the summer music festival circuit as an event with major musical integrity.

The KMF festival gates open Friday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. Friday’s artists include Irvington attorney and musician/songwriter Wes Charlton and his band, White Stone’s Bailey Horsley, Virginia’s “Mary & the Janes,” and the “Waffle Stompers.” Saturday performances feature headliner Bronze Radio Return, “Mercy Creek” with Jim Ball and Cheryl Nystrom, Richmond’s “James Justin & Company,” Roanoke’s “The Floorboards,” and the “Waffle Stompers” from New Brunswick, N.J.

Tickets are available at area YMCAs and online at and are $35 per adult, $25 for students, and free for children under 12. The ticket price includes entry for both Friday and Saturday performances.

Concert-goers are encouraged to come and go as they please, however, camping and rental cabins are available for those wanting to fully ensconce themselves in the music scene. Because Indian Creek features good anchorages, attendees are encouraged to come by boat and use the dingy dock for entry to both day’s events.

Proceeds from KMF benefit Camp Kekoka’s Guardian Program, which funds scholarships for kids attending YMCA week-long overnight summer camp programs.

Sponsors for the YMCA’s fundraiser include Hubbard, Terry & Britt, Rappahannock General Hospital, Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, Noblett-Ware-Peoples, Legend Brewing Co., CommonWealth One, Innovative Audio & Sound, Audi of Alexandria, Alexandria Toyota, and United States Senate Federal Credit Union.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit, email , or call 435-3616.

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posted 05.29.2013

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