Pay attention, festival promoters. This is how you throw an independent country music festival. While everyone seems to want to get into this game now, some folks are showing that they only know about this music on paper, booking Thomas Rhett, Breland, or whoever the hell else on what’s supposed to be a true country/roots lineup because they’re not actual fans of the music.
Enter the Jackalope Jamboree in Pendleton, OR, who just fielded one of the best curated lineups you’ll see all year. While the rest of us have been screaming at our screens for someone to book Mike and the Moonpies in a headlining spot, The Jackalope Jamboree just hauled off and did it for their 2024 event happening June 27-29.
Up and down the roster you see names that other fests often overlook like Joshua Ray Walker, Pony Bradshaw, and Austin’s Ellis Bullard. They also have Two Runner who’s blowing up after opening for Sierra Ferrell, and Samantha Crain who always get overlooked in discussions of Oklahoma songwriters.
This mentions nothing of headliners like Charley Crockett, Randy Rogers Band, with deserving artists like Kaitlin Butts and Jason Boland in prominent spots as opposed to stuck on side stages. Jackalope Jamboree also does a great job featuring local and regional talent from the area like independent festivals are supposed to do.
Saving Country Music was in attendance for the 2022 Jackalope Jamboree, and can attest that it’s a good time. It has a big-time lineup, but there’s not a bad seat in the house in the Happy Canyon Arena, and fans aren’t cordoned of in endless mazes of wristband upgrades and security checkpoints. The camaraderie is unparalleled, while the Western flavor of Pendleton and its historic downtown and rodeo grounds make a great backdrop.
“We are incredibly excited for this year’s lineup,” says festival co-founder Chad Colwell. “Top to bottom, from our headliners to our opening acts, this might be our best lineup yet. We are already counting down the days till we get to see everyone back in Pendleton and Happy Canyon in June for another year of great music. Jackalope!”
Tickets go on sale November 15th at 12pm Pacific time at jackalopejamboree/tickets.
Jackalope Jamboree 2024 Full Line-Up
Mike and the Moonpies
Randy Rogers Band
Joshua Ray Walker
Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Cody Canada & The Departed
IV and the Strange Band
Logan Ryan Band
James Dean Kindle & His Country Combo
Alison Self and the Lonesome Lows
William Surly & The Barroom Gospel Band
Jeremy James Meyer
Our Songs Are Alive
Acosia Red Elk