California’s Huck Finn Jubilee Music Festival is back in 2018

West Coast’s Largest Bluegrass Festival Under New Ownership

Ontario, CA: For over 40 years, the annual three-day music festival in Southern California, Huck Finn Jubilee, delivered acts from a long list of luminaries such as Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss,
Del McCoury, Punch Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, and more. After a one-year hiatus, the festival will return to Ontario, CA on October 5, 6, and 7 in 2018 under new owners Nikki and Roger.

“It’s important that we honor the tradition of this festival because the community deserves it and we want to take you on the musical journey that we experienced” says Nikki and Roger. The couple, both executives at an experiential marketing firm in Los Angeles, attended the festival in 2016 and were impressed with the music, array of activities for people of all ages and overall positive vibe. When they heard the festival wasn’t going to return in 2017, they purchased the brand and built their dream team of industry experts in hopes of keeping the festival alive and maintaining the high-level of quality its fans and the community deserves.

Entering its 41st year, the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee will offer the entire festival experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass music, local food, craft beer, a unique array of
handcrafted arts and crafts, access to beautiful park amenities, camping, fishing and general family fun.

Festival tickets and lineup announcements coming soon. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

Learn more about the 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee at and in this four-part video series:

Experience 2018 Huck Finn Jubilee (30 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (60 second spot)

Meet the New Owners of Huck Finn Jubilee: Nikki and Roger (Full-Length)

2018 Huck Finn Jubilee: Mini-Documentary

Official IBMA Kick-Off Party With Lonesome River Band


Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band

The Official International Bluegrass Association’s World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Moonstruck Management, will feature Lonesome River Band who received four IBMA Award Nominations this year.  The party will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre located 126 E Cabarrus Street in Raleigh.  Music fans will be admitted with an IBMA Business Conference Badge, or a Bluegrass Ramble wristband.

Shuttle service will be offered for conference attendees from the Convention Center to the Lincoln Theatre immediately following the Keynote Address.  At 7:00 p.m., immediately following Lonesome River Band’s Kick-Off Party, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase will begin.

moonstruck-ibma-posterfinalcAt 10:00 p.m., bluegrass music fans are invited to remain at the Lincoln Theatre for the Moonstruck Management Showcase featuring performances by NewTown at 10:00 p.m., Lonesome River Band at 11:00 p.m., Trinity River Band at 12:00 a.m., followed by the Moonstruck Mash featuring the incredible talents of: Sammy Shelor, Dave Adkins, Brandon Rickman, Jesse Smathers, Kati Penn Williams, Jr. Williams, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris, and Travis Anderson.  Dave Adkins, who had one of the most successful bluegrass albums of 2016, will also serve as Emcee for the night.

On Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 pm, Lonesome River Band will be part of the Hangin’ & Sangin’ Facebook Live streams at World of Bluegrass located in the BGS Fishbowl located above the lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center.

mountainhomeshowcaseAt 3:30 p.m, they will perform at the Mountain Home Music Company’s Showcase being held from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 305 A-B of the Raleigh Convention Center.  Later that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Lovers Music Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

vashowcase-architect-barLater that evening, Sammy Shelor will also be part of the Virginia is for Music Lovers Ramble at The Architect Bar & Social House from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.  The event features Jim Lauderdale and Friends Sammy Shelor, Wayne Henderson, Virginia Luthiers, Dani Flowers, The Church Sisters, and Hackensaw Boys.

Lonesome River Band’s four IBMA Award Nominations includes one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, features two IBMA Award Nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career.

ibma_awardsLonesome River Band will perform during the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. This special event will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Band member Sammy Shelor will also present an award during the event. For more information on IBMA, please visit

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit and join them on Twitter and Instagram.   #LonesomeRiverBand #LRB

Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

Lonesome River Band
RUDY FEST – June 22-25, 2016 in Grayson, Ky.

RudyFestSimplytheBestLonesome River Band continues their busy summer tour as they return to Host the 16th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival in Grayson, Kentucky this week. The event will be held at the Carter County Fair Grounds June 22-25, 2016 with a stellar line-up that includes: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Adkins, The Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Volume Five, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and many more.  Lonesome River Band will hit the stage Friday, June 23 at 3:00pm and 6:30 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band’s Sammy Shelor is really looking forward to this weekend saying, “Rudy Fest is a beast of a bluegrass festival! Always an amazing crowd to play to and the support an artist needs to perform at their best. The crew there always makes patrons and bands both feel welcome and at home. Love that Gang!

Sammy & LRB have been with us a long time I got to catch a show couple weeks ago. They had it dialed in and were having a ball on stage. Their new material is top shelf,” says festival promoter Rudy Burchett. Tickets for Rudy Fest can be purchased at the gate for $100 (4-day weekend pass), or daily passes for $20 (Wed) or $40 (Thursday-Friday).  Kids 12 and under free. For more information, please visit

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will perform songs from their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album, Bridging the Tradition, released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The band’s first single, “Thunder & Lightning,” is currently #2 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs, Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, and more single and album radio charts.

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released the second of three IBMA Awards ballots.  Lonesome River Band are candidates for nomination in the following categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Thunder and Lightning, Adam Wright writer)
  • Album of the Year (Bridging the Tradition, Mountain Home Music Company)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Brandon Rickman)
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year (Rocking of the Cradle)
  • Banjo Player of the Year (Sammy Shelor)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Mike Hartgrove)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year (Jesse Smathers)
  • Bass Player of the Year (Barry Reed).

The official IBMA Award Nominees will be announced in August. For more information on joining IBMA, please visit

Lonesome River Band features Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.  For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



Lonesome River Band’s New Album Now Avail for Pre-Order

Lonesome River Band’s album, Bridging the Tradition releasing on Mountain Home Music Company in March, is now available for pre-orders at iTunes where you will immediately get the first single! For physical copy pre-orders, please visit


Huck Finn Jubilee 2016 Line-Up Announced

HuckFinn_FebOne_Lineup-01CProducers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names will be on stage for the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 10 thru 12, 2016 when thousands of bluegrass fans arrive to experience a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional Bluegrass music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

The line-up* of entertainment, featuring an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands, includes:

Friday, June 10: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Peter Rowan Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, The Special Consensus, and The Mountain Faith Band. An ‘80’s Retro Late Night Party featuring Love Canon will conclude the first day.

Saturday, June 11: Soggy Bottom Boys, Leftover Salmon, The Cleverlys, Dan Tyminski Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Della Mae, The Boxcars, and The Church Sisters. The Late night square dance will feature the Hogslop String Band.

Sunday, June 12: Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Mountain Heart, Dailey & Vincent, Sweetwater String Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

Additional artists will be announced prior to the event. In addition to the musical performances several workshops will be available to attend. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments for these workshops and of course impromptu jams amongst festival attendees is encouraged.

Tickets go on sale March 1 at 10am with several options to satisfy all attendees with prices starting at $45.00. Options to purchase VIP tickets, 3 day passes or reservations for hotels, camping or RV sites are available on line as well at Huck Finn Jubilee is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau , the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally.

*line-up of entertainment is subject to change

About HUCK FINN JUBILEE Bluegrass Music Festival
Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation and Tom Sawyer Island dedicated to all day kid’s activities.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike. Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future whhttp://www.huckfinn.comile preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass. Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people. For more information visit

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Release New Single: “Brown County Red”

IIIrd_Tyme_Out_2014_EAF_302Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are proud to announce the long awaited release of new music on their newly formed label, Break-A-String. “Brown County Red,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album, The Test of Tyme, is now available to radio stations at or by request.  Read the entire press release at East Public Relations.

View the video “The Making of Brown County Red” below!

Contacts for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Publicity and Radio Requests
East Public Relations, Kimberly Williams

Management & Booking
Moonstruck Management, Josh Trivett

Lonesome River Band Heads West with Performances in California and Arizona

Lonesome River BandLONESOME RIVER BAND heads west this weekend with performances in California and Arizona over the next several weeks. Their first performance of the tour will be held at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA on Friday followed by “A Night at the Grange” concert in Morgan Hill, CA on Saturday.  On Sunday, the band will be live in the studio with ‘Sleepy John” on KPIG Radio 107.5 FM, and then to Durham, CA on Tuesday, February 26.

On Thursday, February 28, LONESOME RIVER BAND returns to the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, CA followed a performance at Boulevard Music in Culver City, CA on March 1.  On March 2 and 3, fans can see the band in Lake Havasu City, AZ at the Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. For more details and ticket information for each event, please visit

Rural Rhythm Records recently released CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE album series celebrating LONESOME RIVER BAND’S 30th Anniversary. The band also has a song, “The Legend of Jennie Wade” on the new album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People.

LONESOME RIVER BAND received several 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association awards including the IBMA “Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for their song “Angeline the Baker” and band leader, Sammy Shelor won his fifth award as the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year.  Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Shelor is also a previous winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Fans will want to check out this month’s debut issue of the new music magazine, LargoUmbra, where LONESOME RIVER BAND credits their loyal fans with their continued success. “I am constantly amazed and humbled by the support of the LRB fans. Not only have new fans jumped on board, but we’ve had people supporting us for thirty years.  We are truly grateful and extremely appreciative,” said Shelor in the interview.

LONESOME RIVER BAND includes the incredible talents of Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals); Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Bass, Harmony Vocals); and Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals).  For more information on the Lonesome River Band, please visit, Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Booking for Lonesome River Band provided by Moonstruck Management with Publicity services by Hope River Entertainment.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Debut at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Chart as they Reach Over 12 Million YouTube Views

Fresh off the sacred stage of the Ryman Auditorium where they kicked off a stirring tribute to the late Earl Scruggs with actor Steve Martin, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are pleased to announce the release of their new album, The Farthest Horizon.  The album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart last week and is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and more outlets.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a bluegrass trio of brothers, became an overnight sensation in 2011 after practice recordings for their grandparents went viral on YouTube.  These videos have now collectively topped over 12 million views.  Tommy (Guitar), age 15, Robbie (Fiddle), age 13 and Jonny (Banjo) age 10, were encouraged by their parents to learn an instrument and first discovered their love for Bluegrass music by watching Earl Scruggs pick his five string on YouTube. Since then, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have developed a style and sound that is uniquely their own and as a result of their viral, virtually overnight success, their talent has been showcased on national television shows, including CBS’s The Late Night with David Letterman Show, NBC’s The Today Show and Fox’s Huckabee.

The Farthest Horizon is poised to follow the success of their debut album America’s Music, with 11 fresh tracks, seven of which were penned by the boys themselves. Two of the songs on the new album also feature the beautiful and authentic voice of 13-year-old Ashley Lilly, granddaughter of the late bluegrass legend Everett Lilly.

In support of the album, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will be traveling coast to coast visiting with the media, radio broadcasters and fans. Their next performance will be on the grand stage of Carnegie Hall for a special performance for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation benefiting autism research.

Radio stations worldwide have welcomed The Farthest Horizon sending it to #4 this month on AirplayDirect’s Global Radio Indicator Top 50 APD Bluegrass/Folk Albums Chart.

The Farthest Horizon is a six panel digipak and includes descriptions of the songs and some fun behind-the-scenes album facts.  For more information, song titles and to sample tracks from the new album, visit

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band Gearing Up for Huge Anniversary Celebration

Moonstruck Management is proud to present an Anniversary Evening celebrating Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s 20th Anniversary and Lonesome River Band’s 30th Anniversary.  This once in a lifetime event includes numerous announcements and surprises by both artists.  The event takes place September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN  37201.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are excited to be celebrating their 20th Year with the recent release of their HIT CD, PRIME TYME on Rural Rhythm Records and a total of NINE nominations for this year’s IBMA Awards including nods for Album, Song, Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year! They’ll be rolling into Nashville in high style with their new Prevost Bus and will announce the winner of the NAME THAT BUS! contest during their performance at the Anniversary Evening concert.

Lonesome River Band’s landmark 30th Anniversary includes three album releases this year – CHRONOLOGY Volumes One – Three on Rural Rhythm Records.  The band received several 2012 IBMA nominations including one for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Angeline the Baker” from their CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE album, plus another nomination for Banjo Player of the Year by 4-time winner Sammy Shelor.  During the Anniversary Evening concert, the Lonesome River Band will reveal the results of their recent Fan Choice Poll where fans chose the songs that appear on VOLUME THREE scheduled for release October 16, 2012.

Commonly referred to as one of the funniest and most entertaining men in bluegrass, Blake Williams will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies. After spending the better part of his life as a professional bluegrass musician himself, he’s been given ample opportunity to share the stage and the road with both Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band, where he has witnessed firsthand the incredible impact that these two bands have had on bluegrass music.

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