The Confluence Festival

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Date: August 4, 2016
Contact: Samantha Zurbuch, 304-702-5284

Harpers Ferry, WV - Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Saturday, August 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring a blanket, a picnic and lounge in the shade on the Shenandoah River shoreline for a day of music and memories. Activities will include seven live musical acts, youth and adult art activities, and a jam tent for performers and visitors alike. Come “Find Your Park” and celebrate the rich musical and storytelling heritage of Harpers Ferry and the greater region. 

The event will include performances from The Woodshedders, Ona, Tyler Childers, Laura Mae Socks, Magpie, A Faster Buffalo, and Summer Artist-in-Residence Tim Lancaster.

There is no fee for the festival; however, park entrance fees apply. All attendees will be required to enter and park at the Visitor Center located at 171 Shoreline Dr. Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Watch for the brown “Park Entrance” signs on Route 340. Bring your blankets, picnics, and non-alcoholic beverages. A water filling station will be provided. Park information, including park conditions and weather, is available on the park's website at or by calling the Visitor Center at (304) 535-6298. 

Learn more about the NPS Centennial at

Information about the artists:

Tim Lancaster is a folk musician hailing from Orlando, Florida. He has spent time traveling the country and has visited many of our nation’s national parks and historic landmarks. Lancaster plays the bones, banjo, guitar, and harmonica. His unique sound and songwriting capture the essence of Harpers Ferry in a magical way. He plans to record and release a full album inspired by his time in the park, with release date expected before December.

The Woodshedders, of Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, WV, bring the influence of vintage American music forward in their songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between genres to create exciting original sounds. They are a growing musical powerhouse, performing throughout the greater DC region and beyond. 

Ona, an Indie-Rock band from Huntington, WV, creates music that pulses and buzzes and echoes and rolls. It feels like standing with sweat in your eyes in grass up to your knees. It feels like getting your tennis shoes wet walking along the banks of the river. Yet, there is an unmistakable buzz surrounding their sound that only the hills of West Virginia could produce. 

Since 1973, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner of Magpie have brought their unique sound and remarkable versatility to audiences everywhere, featuring traditional and vintage Americana to contemporary and stirring original compositions, including many about the unique history of Harpers Ferry. 

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky is a little town called, Paintsville, where the economy is dependent on the dying coal industry and a tradition of music thrives with the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum and Butcher Hollow. Carrying on the music tradition is native son and current Lexington, Kentucky resident, and powerful songwriter, Tyler Childers.

Birthed from the streets of Shepherdstown, WV, A Faster Buffalo brings a mash up of Americana-like sounds that is tough to put a label on. This crew of Appalachian natives will get you dancing and also touch your soul. Get ready for the feels.

Miss Laura Mae Socks brings her well-traveled voice to the stage at this inaugural Confluence Festival. A native of the Hagerstown and Shepherdstown areas, she has played and lived as far as Louisiana, where she worked a rice farm, and Nashville, where she currently calls home. Miss Socks has developed a deep, powerful sound that is ripe with some seriously soulful honky-tonk roots.

Last updated: August 4, 2016

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


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