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Blue Ox Music Festival Announces Artist Lineup for 2022

Jan 19, 2022Music, Previews

The 8th Annual Blue Ox Music Festival Invites a Stellar Lineup to the Stage

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – January 19, 2022

From its inception year, Blue Ox Music Festival has brought top-tier musical artists to play on the stages at The Pines Music Park.  This year’s lineup ranks once again at the top of the announcements for bluegrass music festivals in 2022.

The 8th Annual Blue Ox Music Festival will take place June 23 – 25, 2022 in Eau Claire, WI.  The lineup includes Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Sam Bush Band, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Railroad Earth, Joseph, Paul Cauthen, Fruition, Samantha Fish, Cedric Burnside, Daniel Donato, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Humbird, and many more.

If you’re a long-time reader of Festy GoNuts, you know how much passion we have for this family-friendly festival.   Our luck brought us to their first annual festival in 2015, and we instantly fell in love with the shaded campgrounds, the tight-knit community, and the mind-boggling lineup.

When we started Festy GoNuts in 2016, Blue Ox Music Festival was (of course) included on our 6-Festivals-in-6 Weeks kick-off series.  We learned that the weather can be a bit peculiar, but somehow that is what made this music festival in Wisconsin even more special.  We bonded with new friends, reconnected with old friends, and felt like we built a bridge that spans from Colorado to Wisconsin.

Fast forward to 2022, and it looks like festival-hosts Pert Near Sandstone called on some of the best in bluegrass, folk, and Americana to join them at The Pines.

For the folks that haven’t caught Béla Fleck’s bluegrass tribute, you’re in for a treat.  Béla Fleck is a legendary banjo player known for his unique stylings that reach far beyond traditional bluegrass.  This tribute brings him back to the roots with just a few acclaimed musicians along for the ride.  His My Bluegrass Heart session at Blue Ox will also feature Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton.  But expect the stage to be filled with plenty of star-studded sit-ins and jams.

The 2022 lineup continues to bring the high caliber of musicians and bands for which Blue Ox has become known.

Festival-founder Mark Bischel shares, “We feel that this year brings a good variety of high caliber artists reaching into the Blues with Cedric Burnside and Samantha Fish, hitting some country and western notes with artists such as Paul Cauthen and Buffalo Gospel, and satisfying our faithful bluegrass fans out there with the likes of Bela Fleck’s Bluegrass Heart, the Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Sam Bush Band. We also have some more progressive members of the bluegrass community coming out with Railroad Earth and the Punch Brothers. ” 

Bischel is also proud to announce that there will be a dozen bands from Wisconsin and Minnesota on the 2022 Blue Ox lineup.  “We have Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Them Coulee Boys, Armchair Boogie, Chicken Wire Empire, and Buffalo Gospel from Wisconsin. Then west of the river over there in Minnesota we have not only our host band Pert Near Sandstone, but Mae Simpson, The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers for all the kids and kids at heart, Good Morning Bedlam, Humbird, and Erik Koskinen,” Bischel adds.

At this point, there are probably only a few of you still reading as most have headed over to the Blue Ox Music Festival Website to buy your tickets.  Attendance is capped at 5,000 to ensure an intimate and safe experience for all festival-goers, so we suggest you get your tickets today! 

In the world of music festivals, we seek out those magical places where the lineup and venue are equally spectacular.  That magical place is Blue Ox Music Festival.  Hope to see you there. 

BÉLA FLECK - “My Bluegrass Heart” rehearsal, Nashville - 5.26.21 Photograph by Alan MESSER |

The 2022 lineup continues to bring the high caliber of musicians and bands for which Blue Ox has become known.

Festival-founder Mark Bischel shares, “We feel that this year brings a good variety of high caliber artists reaching into the Blues with Cedric Burnside and Samantha Fish, hitting some country and western notes with artists such as Paul Cauthen and Buffalo Gospel, and satisfying our faithful bluegrass fans out there with the likes of Bela Fleck’s Bluegrass Heart, the Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Sam Bush Band. We also have some more progressive members of the bluegrass community coming out with Railroad Earth and the Punch Brothers. ” 

Bischel is also proud to announce that there will be a dozen bands from Wisconsin and Minnesota on the 2022 Blue Ox lineup.  “We have Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Them Coulee Boys, Armchair Boogie, Chicken Wire Empire, and Buffalo Gospel from Wisconsin. Then west of the river over there in Minnesota we have not only our host band Pert Near Sandstone, but Mae Simpson, The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers for all the kids and kids at heart, Good Morning Bedlam, Humbird, and Erik Koskinen,” Bischel adds.

At this point, there are probably only a few of you still reading as most have headed over to the Blue Ox Music Festival Website to buy your tickets.  Attendance is capped at 5,000 to ensure an intimate and safe experience for all festival-goers, so we suggest you get your tickets today!

In the world of music festivals, we seek out those magical places where the lineup and venue are equally spectacular.  That magical place is Blue Ox Music Festival.  Hope to see you there.

2022 Blue Ox Music Festival LIneup

About Blue Ox Music Festival – Blue Ox creates and fosters a wonderful sense of artistic community and has become a cornerstone of the cultural renaissance movement in the Eau Claire area. Blue Ox Music Festival at The Pines Music Park boasts 155 acres of pristine forest, walkable trails and green landscaped lawn with music presented across three distinct stages, Main Stage, Saloon Stage, Backwoods Stage.

Since its premiere in the summer of 2015, Blue Ox Music Festival has consistently brought together a lineup of top level regional and national acts that have set the stage and standard of artists for the true music festival fan’s experience. With the vision of an intimate music and camping experience focused on Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana Roots genres, the 3-day festival creates a unique experience with an impressive lineup of notable artists, in a familial and beautiful outdoor venue setting.

As a family friendly environment, an array of cultural events take place throughout the festival grounds, including music workshops, morning yoga and meditation, eclectic arts and craft vendors, kids activity stages, as well as an impressive disc golf course. The variety of quality food and beverages offers something delicious for everyone to enjoy. All ages are welcome. Children 13 and under are free with a paid adult.

Blue Ox Music Festival 2-day and 3-day General Admission Tickets are on sale now – which gives guests access to all entertainment and Unreserved Tent Camping. Car Camping Passes are available for guests who prefer their car at the campsite next to their tent. Blue Ox Music Festival Reserved RV / Tent sites are still available for purchase, but are in limited supply. Camping accommodations include spaces for RVs, Family and Quiet Camping.

Great restaurants, hotels, and the amenities of Eau Claire are just a few short miles away from The Pines Music Park.

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