Annual festival returns to Marvin’s Mountaintop

Published by the Daily Athenaeum, April 28, 2017.

Only 15 minutes from Morgantown, Marvin’s Mountaintop and the Cheat River Canyon will serve as a backdrop for the Deep Roots Mountain Revival festival.

The second annual Deep Roots Mountain Revival festival will take place July 20-22 at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, W. Va.

The family-friendly music festival involves outdoor activities for children as well as three days of camping, dancing and relaxing with friends. Patrons can expect music within Americana, Bluegrass, Rock and Jam genres with regional visual artists and craft vendors.

Headliners for this year include Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet and more.

“Deep Roots Mountain Revival is something that every student, or resident, of Morgantown and the surrounding area can enjoy,” said Claude Ryan, the festival’s founder. “We have a little bit of something for everyone. We are an extremely family-friendly event with a weekend calendar full of kid’s activities, adult activities, incredible live music and awesome food and beverage options.”

In 2011, festival founder Claude Ryan joined with Clayton Koontz, the founder of Active Air Productions. Together, they shared a similar dream of creating their own music festival, which was brought to life in 2016 due to their separate ties with Marvin’s Mountaintop.

“The biggest changes for 2017 would probably be a change in the stage layout, more kids activities, an updated walking path through the woods to the Roots Stage, an Artist Village, updates to the Family & ADA Camping Area, better site transportation and RV Electrical Hookups in GA Parking,” Ryan said. “Every year that we survive, we want to make minor changes to the event to enhance the experience for the attendees that support us.”

According to Ryan, there were approximately 1,400 attendees at last year’s event. The goal is to increase that number by a minimum of 3,500 for this year. Ticket sales will be capped at 12,000.

“We want to the event to remain relatively small so we can keep the experience more personal for those that attend,” added Ryan, a lifelong West Virginia resident.

For more information, visit Locally discounted tickets are still available and can be purchased at Terra Café or Big Times, both located in Morgantown.