The annual Healing Appalachia concert will be happening in Lewisburg, WV September 21st-23rd, with Tyler Childers headlining the event that looks to raise funds and raise awareness about the opioid crisis gripping Appalachia, and so many other parts of the United States. The event has now expanded to three days for the first time, with camping options available on the West Virginia State Fairgrounds.
Basically anybody and everybody in the resurgent Appalachian songwriter scene will be there, including Charles Wesley Godwin, Arlo McKinley, John R. Miller, Kelsey Waldon, Tim Goodin, and 49 Winchester. Also making the lineup is Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule, Marcus King, Amythyst Kiah, as well as fast-rising up-and-comers like Tommy Prine and Emily Nenni. One or two top-line headliners have also yet to be announced.
Healing Appalachia is very unique when it comes to festivals. All of the performers donate their time, and it’s a volunteer-driven event for a non-profit organization. There’s no Live Nation or Ticketmaster involved here. But now expanding to three days, the event is taking on the character of an independent country/roots megafestival offering the opportunity to see all of your favorite artists in one place.
Healing Appalachia came together after 26 people overdosed in one day (August 16th, 2016) in Huntington, West Virginia. The moment helped underscore that overdose is the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. A group of like-minded individuals formed the non-profit Hope for the Hills, with the Healing Appalachia concert being the flagship event for the organization. Tyler Childers and his wife and performer Senora May have been active within the organization since.
Three days passes that include car camping are on sale now. Single day tickets will likely be available in the future.