Bob Marley's band coming to Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival

September 21, 2004

HARRODSBURG - The fourth annual Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival will welcome back some favorites, such as Bob Marley's legendary reggae band The Wailers, and introduce new groups such as Melvin Seals, formerly of the Jerry Garcia Band, with his new band, The Mix.

Locally, tickets are available at Big Valley Coffee in Southland Shopping Center on Hustonville Road. Tickets are $65 for the Sept. 23-26 festival, through Sept. 22, or $70 at the gate. Friday-only tickets are available for $40. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $40. A Sunday-only ticket will be $30.

The festival is an annual event held on Terrapin Hill Farm, a 350-acre, family-owned organic farm located just outside of Harrodsburg. Farm owners Pete and Brenda Cashel raise organic produce, hay and pastured poultry, and have been hosting the festival for the past three years as a way to diversify their farm operation. The Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival is recognized as one of Kentucky's premier agritourism events.


Pete Cashel says he is excited that The Wailers are returning and likes the diversity that Goose Creek will provide, but he is anxious to hear The Mix.

"It's a new band debuting here. It's produced by Melvin Fields, who was a keyboardist with the Jerry Garcia Band for 20 years."

Fields also is playing with Steve Kimock, Cashel notes.

The festival typically attracts around 2,000 people from Kentucky and surrounding areas.

The musical line-up

This year, the musical line-up includes: Steve Kimock Band, featuring the West Coast guitar wizard; Kentucky natives Goose Creek Symphony; John Cowan Band, featuring Nashville’s new grass virtuoso; and Railroad Earth, stars of the American roots music scene.

In addition to these headliners, Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival will host a variety of up-and-coming acts such as Groovatron and Cornmeal, both out of Chicago; Foggy Bottom and Old Union of Nashville; Big Leg Emma, which is hailing from upstate New York; and Kentucky’s own Zoe Speaks. Many local favorites will appear as well, including Born Cross Eyed, Barnhouse Effect, Bloom Street, Phiasco, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers and Chitara Rhythm Section. The musical atmosphere at Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival generally can be described as upbeat and innovative, encompassing the bluegrass, folk, rock and jazz genres.

The vision of the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival is to provide entertainment in a natural, family-friendly farm setting, to promote family farms and locally raised food, and to encourage local grassroots activism. Many new activities have been scheduled this year, including drum and dance workshops, speakers, demonstrations and parades.

The Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival is an all-ages event, with many activities planned for children and families as well. Food and craft vendors, grassroots organizations’ booths, a healing arts tent, and a Kids Village all add to a well-rounded event designed to both entertain and inform.

The festival will happen rain or shine. Gates open noon Thursday and close at dusk Sept. 26. On-site camping and parking are included, and kids 12 and under are free with an adult’s paid admission. Tickets and information are available online at, by mail order and also through these ticket outlets: The Happy Turtle, 304 S. Limestone St., Lexington; CD Central, 377 S. Limestone St., Lexington; Ear X-tacy, 1534 Bardstown Road, Louisville; and Grateful Threads, 1613 Bardstown Road, Louisville.

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