BELMONT — The Blame My Roots country music festival will provide local music fans with an alternative to Jamboree in the Hills during the third week of July with shows at the Valley View Campground on National Road west of St. Clairsville.
Last year, Jamboree in the Hills was placed on hiatus for 2019 by Live Nation, an American events promoter and venue operator based in Beverly Hills, California.
Performers scheduled to sing during Blame My Roots, July 18-20, include Trace Adkins, Joe Diffie, Tyler Farr, Lindsay Ell, Ryan Hurd, Whiskey Myers, Gabby Barrett, Dillon Carmichael, Walker Montgomery, 1170 Bank, Joe Zelek, Whey Jennings and more.
The venue will include two stages for the national and local performers. Tickets are available at the Blame My Roots website, www.blamefest.com.
Chris Dutton, Blame My Roots Fest event coordinator, told WTOV 9 he "couldn’t let the traditions of the past 40 years end with Jamboree in the Hills. Together with his sister, Nina Dutton, he formed a new company and Blame My Roots Fest was born."
The venue is across the road from the former home of Jamboree in the Hills. It has operated as a private campground for "JAMBO" fans for the past 28 years, according to the website.
"It’s taken a lot to get to where we are and our campers’ loyalty has been a big part of that," Blame My Roots said on its website. "We’re proud to offer this full music festival experience to what is already a fun week of camping"
Food vendors will also be available from breakfast to the end of the night, according to the Blame My Roots site. Patrons can bring their own beverages to the festival.
The festival will offer 800 mostly primitive campsites with capacity for 4,800 campers, as reported by WTOV 9.
WTRF7 of Wheeling, West Virginia, reported the decision was made following "a year of turmoil, controversy and complaints about the quality of the entertainment" at Jamboree in the Hills.
Live Nation reportedly faced losses with low ticket sales and an issue with people being able to bring their own beer. Fans reportedly rebelled when it was tried two years ago.
Valley View Campground is located at 43263 National Road near Belmont.