Snowshoe sets lineup for annual Ballhooter music festival

Snowshoe sets lineup for annual Ballhooter music festival
Snowshoe Mountain has set its lineup for the annual Ballhooter Music Festival March 13-15, 2020.

Spring skiing, free concerts, and a vibrant nightlife have conspired to make the annual Ballhooter Festival at Snowshoe Mountain popular with visitors from across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest.


Snowshoe Mountain has announced the lineup of free village concerts for its eighth annual Ballhooter Festival, scheduled March 13-15, 2020, according to resort spokesman Shawn Cassell.

Headlining the event will be Papadosio, a dynamic progressive rock band "whose live shows have been packing out Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for years," Cassel said. Other bands slated to perform at this year’s festival include Dopapod, North Mississippi Allstars, Perpetual Groove, The Wooks, and Black Garlic.

Held annually during spring break season, the festival draws thousands of young adults to Snowshoe every March.



Falling somewhere between rock, jazz and electronic mayhem we find Papadosio striving to create music that is strangely familiar, and calls all walks of humanity to bask in a unique experience of celebrating the one constant in an ever-changing world: music. Papadosio has packed out Red Rocks Amphitheater for headlining shows the past two years running and now they bring their music to smaller stages on a tour of more intimate performances. Characterized as a dynamic progressive rock band, Papadosio creates the sound of new-age technology merging with mesmerizing instrumentation. Between the unfamiliar melodic sound and the element of production, their live show will leave you wanting more.


Symmetry defines Dopapod. More than that, "balance" has become the band's modus operandi, with the group consciously juggling the darker tones of heavy rock with lighthearted humor; synthesizing tastes of funk, jazz, bluegrass, electronica, and more within their complex improvisational compositions. During live shows, Dopapod is known for taking fans on a full-out journey, guiding attendees through periods of frenzied dance contrasted with moments of thoughtful contemplation.



The North Mississippi Allstars incorporate their father's concept of roots music as a framework for improvisation and blending experimental/psychedelic excursions into Hill Country anthems. "Transcending time and space, music reaches out into the dark of night like a wisteria vine, looking for free-hearted souls to latch onto and wedge into the foundations of hate, slowly tearing down walls a generation at a time."


As one of the most sought-after bands on the Jam/roots circuit in the early 2000s, Perpetual Groove reached 800+ in hard ticket sales in diverse markets; headlining festivals such as Bonnaroo, 10,000 Lakes, High Sierra, Wakarusa, Langerado, Jamcruise and Jam in the Dam. Perpetual Groove, after a rejuvenating hiatus, has returned, much to the delight of their still supportive and loyal fans. As their fans have matured, the band's sound has also grown, with the band's songwriters incorporating elements of pop and even EDM into the traditional P. Groove sound.


The Wooks are a Kentucky based band energetically honoring the sound of traditional bluegrass and mountain music. Capturing a moment, and a place - its past, people, and terrain within a song. The Wooks harness the rich musical storytelling traditions of Kentucky into a new, old sound that embraces both string-music heritage and rock 'n roll, jam, and singer-songwriter influences. Since 2014 the band has delivered a raw, boot-stomping, sing-along to every song, good-time bluegrass show, "...with an improv-savvy interplay that endears the band to jam music fans and bluegrass traditionalists alike." according to Lexington Herald-Leader.


From the depths of small-town Appalachia in Fayetteville, West Virginia, the infectious music of Black Garlic can be found providing a necessary revision for "so-called" jam bands. In a hypnotizing mixture of funk, jazz, and rock, Black Garlic transports their listeners into a haunting psychedelic adventure. The unique atmosphere associated with Black Garlic comes from their lively performances by the members who feel like your friends and not strangers on the stage. While providing a professional sound, Black Garlic has not lost the magic created in its beginnings in the back of a restaurant after hours.

A renowned ski resort for many years, Snowshoe Mountain is an increasingly popular year-round destination for adventure vacations and includes more than 11,000 acres in the Allegheny Mountains, including the second-highest point in the state at 4,848 feet above sea level.

Snowshoe was chosen as the Best Ski Resort in the region by the readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors. The Snowshoe Bike Park was recently named the  No. 1 Bike Park in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions by, and played host to the 2019 Mercedes Benz UCI MTB World Cup Finals.

Snowshoe offers some of the most skiable terrain in the region, as well as extensive lodging options, fully developed mountain biking trails, and a golf course designed by Gary Player.

The resort is part of the Alterra Mountain Company, and is included on the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes. For more information or to make a Snowshoe lodging reservation, call 877-441-4386 or visit online at

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