Usually somewhat sleepy Oxford, in the foothills of Western Maine’s mountains, will awaken with a jolt, when more than 15,000 music-loving campers are expected to be entertained by more than 30 Indie/Alternative Rock, Bluegrass, Electronica, and local New England musicians at the Nateva Music & Camping Festival, July 2-4 at the Oxford Fairgrounds.
• July 4: Furthur, founded by the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
• July 3: The Flaming Lips
Other performers: The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, Keller Williams, Moonalice, STS9, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Umphrey’s McGee, Max Creek, John Brown’s Body, The Felice Brothers, Ryan Montbleau Band, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Greensky Bluegrass, She & Him; Passion Pit; Grizzly Bear; Drive-By Truckers; Ghostland Observatory; Jackie Greene; Jakob Dylan & Three Legs; Crash Kings; Mark Karan’s Jemimah Puddleduck; Rustic Overtones; Lettuce; Gypsy Tailwind; EOTO; Big Gigantic; The Brew; The Constellations; Toubab Krewe; The Indobox; Roots of Creation; Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck; Nate Wilson Group; The Alchemystics; The Kind Buds; Adam Ezra Group; The McLovins; The Heavy Pets; Nephrok! Allstars; You Can Be a Wesley; Billy Keane and the Misdemeanor Outlaws; Brenda; The Mallet Brothers; Grand Hotel; and Magic Magic.
Cost: Discounted weekend passes are on sale through Friday, May 7, and cost $219 with camping, $199 without camping. After May 7, prices increase to $249 with camping, $229 without camping. Also available are a limited number of VIP packages, including special viewing platforms, preferred parking, camping, dining, a full-service bar, and other perks, for $425.
Family friendly: A separate family camping area will be reserved in a quiet section of the property. A shaded kids’ area on the concert grounds will have arts & crafts, children’s entertainment including a magic show and bands. There also will be carnival rides. The festival is also providing a lost-child registration system. Kids younger than 10 are free with a paying adult.