Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, Eddie Money, Great White, Fuel, The Outlaws, Burton Cummings, Candlebox and Cracker are among the 40-plus acts at this year's festival.
Moondance this year has also signed KISS, Stone Temple Pilots and 3 Doors Down to go along with a solid rock and classic rock festival lineup that runs Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16. With pre-event ticket sales well above last year and the reserved campgrounds selling out a full month earlier than ever before, this will be the biggest Moondance Jam in its 20 year history. As of now, three-day general admission tickets and general camping will be on sale at the gate.
"This is going to be huge," said Jon Bieloh. "We have all three headliners bringing in their own full stage setups. Video boards, lights, lasers, smoke, pyro - you name it. KISS alone is bringing in 350 pounds of dry ice for fog. It is going to be a lot of fun."
Moondance will open camping gates at noon Wednesday, July 13 for early camping and the Pre Jam Party. Those who want to set up camp a day early and avoid the longer lines Thursday can upgrade their camping at the gate for $25 per person. The Pre Jam Party will expand this year to full lineups in the Saloon and on the main stage starting at 5 p.m. with '80s tribute rockers Hairball heading the main stage.
Thursday, July 14, is the first official full day of Moondance Jam and will feature bands with hits spanning over last three decades. Kicking off the day will be the '90s alt-rock group, Cracker followed by Candlebox. Then the day goes back to the '80s with Great White and legendary southern rockers, 38 Special. Capping off the night is 3 Doors Down, who have spent the past decade putting up big hits in nearly all of the Billboard rock and pop charts.
The traditional classic rock feel of Moondance Jam will shine on Friday starting off with The Belfast Cowboys, a Van Morrison tribute band, who will get everyone smiling when they sing "Moondance." The dueling guitars of the classic southern rock band The Outlaws will then hit the main stage followed by '80s hit maker, Eddie Money. As the sun sets on Moondance, the stars get bigger with classic rock lead singer Paul Rodgers taking the stage. Rodgers brings a huge catalog of hits from his solo career and from his days fronting Free, The Firm and Bad Company. Closing Friday night will be KISS, probably the most anticipated band to ever play Moondance Jam.
Moondance will also have a Friday night JumboTron tribute celebrating the life of Moondance founder Bill Bieloh who died unexpectedly last fall.
"Jammin' Country Fest went so well a few weeks ago and the tribute to Bill made it extra special," said Kathy Bieloh, Moondance owner. "It is hard to describe what it is like sharing that moment with thousands of friends and family, but I look forward to doing it one more time with the rest of our Moondance family."
Kathy also wanted to make sure that everyone comes out to the annual tribute to the troops Saturday night.
"This year, we are doing a personalized tribute on the JumboTron," she said. "Fans have been sending in photos of their loved ones who are serving or have served in the military. It is a way for fans to see the faces and names of the many heroes who sacrificed for our freedom."
Saturday will get started with the hard rocking, all-female AC/DC tribute, ThundHerStruck followed by Canadian Music Hall of Famer and former Guess Who frontman, Burton Cummings with his 26 Billboard Top 100 hits. After that mainstream rockers, Fuel, will warm up the crowd for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. After Jammers wear out their voices singing "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," they will be treated to another legendary band still in the making. Stone Temple Pilots will finish of the festival rocking the Moondance grounds with their blend of modern, alternative and hard rock hits from the past two decades.
Many other great regional and tribute bands will play throughout the festival on the Moondance Saloon regional stage and the Lazy Moon Backstage Bar acoustic stage. Regional schedules and all band bios can be found online at www.moondancejam.com.