Music festival benefits YAMs

COUNTY — The fourth annual Papa John Foster Memorial Music Festival will be held Saturday, May 7 at Hagood Mill near Pickens. The festival is a benefit for the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program, which teaches traditional Southern Appalachian music to students in the third through eighth grades.
The festival, a fun-filled family event that will feature a variety of food concessions, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until 7 p.m. at Hagood Mill north of Pickens on US 178

( Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and over, $5 for youth under 18, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available at any YAM school or call (864) 878-4257 or e-mail

An all-star lineup of musicians is scheduled to play, including New Dixie Storm, Pine Top Revival, Different Strokes, Four Mule Pileup, Long Mountain Ramblers and Last Road. Also playing will be the Pickens High School Bluegrass Band and Young Appalachian Musicians from member schools, which are Holly Springs Elementary, A.R. Lewis Elementary, Ambler Elementary, Ben Hagood Elementary, Pickens Elementary, Liberty Elementary and Pickens Middle.

For further information call Betty McDaniel at (864) 878-4257 or e-mail