The Confluence Festival


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.

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The Confluence Festival Lineup

11:00am - 12:00pm
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.

12:20 - 1:20pm
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.

1:40 - 2:40pm
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.

3:00 - 4:00pm
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.

4:20 - 5:20pm
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.

5:40 - 6:40pm
, 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.

7:00 - 8:00pm
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.


Basic Information / Rules and Regulations

To help you plan for attending The Confluence Festival, the following information gives details on parking, entrance fees, and what is and is not allowed at the event.

  • 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. See our Directions page for more detailed information and GPS coordinates.
  • Coolers 12x24" or equivalent and folding portable chairs will be permitted on park shuttle buses.
  • A water filling station will be provided.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
  • Campfires, grills, and camping are not permitted.
For further information, continue to explore the website or call the Visitor Center at 304-535-6298.

More about the Performers

Last updated: August 12, 2016

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


304 535-6029

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