Jam Bands Populate Mid-Atlantic Festival

Hard-touring jam bands Widespread Panic and moe. will headline the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Music Experience (MidX), July 11-13 at the State Fair Event Center in Lewisburg, W.Va. Each band will play two

Hard-touring jam bands Widespread Panic and moe. will headline the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Music Experience (MidX), July 11-13 at the State Fair Event Center in Lewisburg, W.Va. Each band will play two nights of the three-day festival, overlapping only on the July 12 bill.

Also slated to perform on the two MidX stages are Medeski Martin & Wood, Rusted Root, the Disco Biscuits, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Leftover Salmon, Cracker, Steel Pulse, Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, the New Deal, All Mighty Senators, the Recipe, the Hackensaw Boys, Clutch, and Indecision.

In addition to the music, the event will also feature the Gonzo Filmfest, which will feature the cult classic "Scrapple," as well as the Widespread Panic documentary "The Earth Will Swallow You." The festival will host voter registration booths and special activities including a "Rhythm & Drumming Workshop" by Rusted Root's Jim Donovan. Worcester, Mass.-based Gamelan Productions is producing the event.

Advance MidX tickets run $130 for a three-day pass and $120 for a two-day pass (including camping); on Friday (June 13), a Sunday-only pass will go on sale for $50 ($60 at the gate). On July 2, prices for the two- and three-day passes increase to $150 and $140, respectively. Accommodations for RVs with hookups and other large vehicles are also available. Tickets can be purchased through the festival's Web site or 877-42FESTS.