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this year’s mustang music festival ups the ante

For four years Mike Dianna has been bringing some of the best sounds around to the Mustang Music Festival, and this year it looks like he’s taking the October event to a new level. Here is some great info about the fall festival and their surprising new venue, (the Whalehead Club!), the outstanding lineup of musicians and the great partners that will make the two day event even better. We think the 2014 Mustang Music Festival is the place to be on Columbus Day Weekend.

New Madrid, one of the groups coming to the 4th Annual Mustang Music Festival. Photo, New West Records

New Madrid, one of the groups coming to the 4th Annual Mustang Music Festival. Photo, New West Records


The Outer Banks-based Mustang Music Festival celebrates its fourth year with a move to a new and improved venue, layout and lineup.  With an expansion of the Artisan Market, the Mustang Outreach Program, and the KidZone, plus the addition of a stand up paddle race on the Festival grounds. Onsite cultural installations from stage design to displays throughout the site will add to the beauty that is the Whalehead in Historic Corolla, the Festival’s new home this October 10-11th.

This year, Festival Director, Mike Dianna, has really upped the ante where musical talent is concerned and has made the jump to bring in some larger acts.  The lineup for Mustang Music Festival 4 includes southern swamp-rockers JJ Grey and Mofro and funky soulsters, The New Mastersound.  Also joining the bill are a blend of soul, indie, folk, funk and roots musicians from across the country including The RevivalistsRoadkill Ghost ChoirThe London SoulsNew MadridJamie KentSeth Stainback & Roosterfoot, People’s Blues of RichmondZack MexicoThe TillsFormulaDewey Via, Category 5 and the 2014 Mustang Challenge winners, Soul House Revival.  Additional bands will be added in the coming weeks as well, incorporating the Mustang Outreach Program student participants.

Kitty Hawk Kites will be presenting a KidZone chock full of kite-making and flying, toy demonstrations, face painting, chalk art, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical shark and more will provide fun for the whole family Friday, October 10th from 2pm-6pm and Saturday, October 11th from 12pm-6pm. OBX Island Childcare will be keeping the kiddos busy throughout the day and will be offering drop-in care.  Details will be available closer to the event.

The first annual Paddle for the Horses, sponsored by Kitty Hawk Surf Co., will open registration on July 1st and will be held on Saturday, October 11th.  Details will be available on the Festival website. While participants do not need to be festival ticket-holders, there will be pricing incentives for those that wish to add on to their race registration and attend the festival. This facet of the event benefits and pays tribute to the Festival’s namesake and primary beneficiary, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

For the craft show enthusiast and those in search of some early holiday deals, the Fest’s Artisan Market will boast over thirty artisans coming from all over Virginia and North Carolina with a special local’s section. This segment is specially curated to ensure unique, quality, multi-medium work from a myriad of creative vendors.

Also new to the event is a Craft Beer Village. While primary beer sponsor, SweetWater Brewing Co.’s, brand will be sold throughout the site, they will be creating a specialty brew that will be served alongside up to six other local breweries who will be sampling their favorite seasonals and specialty casks.

For more information on the festival, ticketing options, and more, please visit Guests and fans may also follow the event on social media at, on Twitter @mmfobx, and on Instagram @mustangmusicfest.

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