NEW THIS YEAR: Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello features national music acts and new family activities
The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello is quickly becoming a regional favorite among East Coast festival goers interested in local food, farming, heirloom tastings, music, and family activities. This year’s festival will feature a music stage with national acts, an enhanced family area with a petting zoo including cows, sheep, goats and chickens
, and a foodie-inspired food and beverage tasting. The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and is a celebration of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson. Often considered America’s “first foodie,” Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture.
This year’s music stage is sponsored by Lockn' Music Festival and includes performances from Pegi Young & The Survivors—featuring singer-songwriter Pegi Young, Jorma Kaukonen—a Grammy nominee and founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, and Sarah Jarosz (link to hff site), a 22-year-old rising star, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
The Festival’s new family area will have more things to do for kids of all ages, including Jefferson-themed activities like quill-pen writing, wheel-cipher decoding and hoop-rolling. The new Discovery Tent will feature composting, paper making, and crafts with fruits and vegetables. In the garden, kids can learn to sift and save heirloom seeds, go on a veggie quest and make a musical instrument from natural materials. Families can spend time with festival animals, including heritage sheep and chickens as well as watch a beehive demonstration.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance for adults and $8 for children 6-11 (children under 6 are free). Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children (children 6 and under will be admitted free).
Premium workshops start at $10 and will be held Friday, September 6, at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Monticello gardens, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday premium workshops do not require a general admission ticket; however, attendance to Saturday Premium Workshops will require purchase of a general admission ticket.
This year’s festival features a Grand Preview Dinner & Festival VIP Pass. The Festival VIP pass includes admission to the Grand Preview Dinner with Steve Bender and Dr. Cary Fowler, general admission to the festival, preferred parking at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, and admission to the Harvest Picnic at the Garden Terrace Tent, with $40 of the ticket representing a tax deductible gift to support Monticello. VIP passes are $129 per individual or $240 per couple. A new mountaintop tasting will feature sample of the region’s culinary delights and Virginia wines in the gardens of Monticello after hours.
A $24 combination ticket will be available for those interested in attending the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and taking a guided tour of Monticello.
For more information visit: www.heritageharvestfestival.com.
2:30-3:30 p.m.—Pegi Young & The Survivors
4:00-5:00 p.m.—Jorma Kaukonen
5:30-6:30 p.m.—Sarah Jarosz
Pegi Young & The Survivors
Singer-songwriter Pegi Young has said, “I’m just trying to tell some stories and make music that I can get behind.” That conviction has never rung truer than on her latest album, Bracing For Impact. Her third release, and second for Vapor Records, the 11-song disc spotlights Pegi’s beautifully spare and resonant vocals, world-weary and eloquent lyricism, and hushed yet immediate emotional landscape.
Bracing For Impact features Pegi once again accompanied by her acclaimed recording and touring band, The Survivors: legendary keyboard player Spooner Oldham on piano, bassist Rick “The Bass Player” Rosas, guitarist Kelvin Holly, and drummer Phil Jones. The album was produced by Pegi Young with The Survivors, with the exception of the final track, “Song For A Baby Girl,” produced by Elliot Mazer (who co-produced Young’s last full-length, Foul Deeds).
Eight of the album’s 11 songs are originals written by Pegi Young, with highlights including “Flatline Mama”—featuring a horn section and background vocals from The Watson Twins—“No Heart Beats Sound,” and “Trouble In A Bottle.” Neil Young wrote the rollicking “Doghouse,” and contributes background vocals and harmonica as well. Neil is also featured playing electric guitar on “Lie” and “Song For A Baby Girl,” and on harmonica for “Number 9 Train,” written by the late bluesman Tarheel Slim. On “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”—a song by Crazy Horse’s Danny Whitten that first appeared on that group’s 1971 album—Chandra Watson delivers additional vocals.
Bracing For Impact follows up 2010’s Foul Deeds, which Pegi co-produced with veteran multi-instrumentalist Ben Keith (who passed away shortly after the album’s release). In addition to her own compositions—with highlights including “Broken Vows,” “Starting Over,” “Traveling,” and the title track—Foul Deeds features Pegi’s distinctive interpretations of four songs by others: Will Jennings' “Pleasing to Me,” Lucinda Williams' “Side of the Road,” Devendra Banhart's “Body Breaks,” and B. Boatman's “Blue Sunday.” Throughout, Pegi displays an uncanny knack for cutting to the heart of thorny emotional issues and difficult truths.
Pegi first became known through her longtime role as backup singer—onstage and on record—for Neil Young, her husband of three decades. She debuted as a solo artist with a self-titled 2007 album that Allmusic.com described as “loose, relaxed, and flows from beginning to end…it's an intimate, hopeful and melancholy look at life and love from a songwriter who has been there.” Pegi Young—also co-produced by Ben Keith—features guest appearances from Neil Young (guitar), Marty Stuart (mandolin), The Jordinaires (background vocals), and a mix of personally charged originals and inspired covers, including songs by Joe Sample, Jimmy Buffet, and Will Jennings.
With Bracing For Impact, Pegi continues her progression as a singer-songwriter whose work is defined by uncommon grace, affecting warmth, and heartbreaking honesty. “I don't write happy songs, and the songs I'm attracted to tend to be kind of melancholy,” Young has observed. “I don't really know why that is, but that's just how they come to me, and I have to let 'em come on through.”
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. He was a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the most in-demand instructor in the galaxy of stars who teach at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he and his wife operate in picturesque Southeastern Ohio.
Sarah Jarosz is a 22-year-old, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside Austin, TX. A recent graduate from the prestigious New England Conservatory, she will release her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, for Sugar Hill Records on September 24th. Over the past four years, Jarosz, who musically fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect, has covered a remarkable amount of ground thus far. She has toured the United States extensively, as well as Canada and the UK, taped Austin City Limits and the BBC Series The Transatlantic Sessions and appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. Her two previous records (Song Up In Her Head and Follow Me Down) received high praise from outlets including Rolling Stone, New York Times, USA Today, Paste, Mojo, Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter, and she has received multiple Grammy and Americana Music Association nominations.
Sarah is supported on the road by stellar musicians Alex Hargreaves (fiddle) and Nathaniel Smith (cello). Hargreaves recently completed the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been tapped to perform and record with such musicians as Jerry Douglas and jazz master Danilo Perez. Smith has toured for years with renown Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and, more recently, in various configurations with Jeremy Kittel. Jarosz, Hargreaves and Smith, who met at various music camps when they were much younger, have been performing together since 2010; the sheer joy they express on stage during performances is contagious. Hargreaves and Smith are both featured on Jarosz’s upcoming release Build Me Up From Bones.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today the Foundation seeks to engage a global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas. Monticello is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Foundation is not supported by federal or state budgets to fund its twofold mission of preservation and education. About 450,000 people visit Monticello each year. For information, visit www.monticello.org.
About Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE) located in Central Virginia, started in 1982 in a small family garden and a kitchen co-opted for seed processing. The kitchen garden has since expanded to numerous growing areas supplemented by a nationwide seed grower network. Now the seed company has its own office, germination testing facility, and environmentally controlled seed storage areas. SESE emphasizes seed varieties adapted to the Mid-Atlantic region, it serves gardeners throughout the United States and Canada.