"This year it's all about the fans" says guitarist Patchen Montgomery about the Vermont-based quintet's upcoming 7th Annual Garden of Eden Festival, a 2-day, 2-night camping concert event that has consistently drawn several thousand fans to the idyllic Green Mountain State for the past 6 years. "We're so grateful for all the support they've given us, and we're working hard to make sure this year's Eden shows it."

Garden of Eden 2002 will take place over Labor Day Weekend (August 31 - September 2) at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, VT. Haystack's sister mountain, Mt. Snow, will be holding the Eighth Annual Brewer's Fest that very same weekend. In an effort to address the potential in cross-over attendees, Strangefolk and the Brewer's Fest are working together to offer festival goers a discounted price to attend both events. Details will be posted on as they become available.

This year's Eden will feature a lottery where 60 lucky fans will be given the red-carpet treatment with VIP Area Accessand the opportunity to meet the band. Winners will be drawn from the first 1,000 Eden tickets sold through the band's web site,, beginning on July 8th, 2002. In order to spread the fun over the weekend, 20 names out of the first 300 ticket orders will be randomly selected to receive VIP laminates that will be valid throughout the entire Eden weekend. Another 20 will be selected from order numbers 300 to 600 for laminates that will be good only on Saturday, August 31, and yet another 20 will be chosen from orders numbers falling between 600 and 1,000 to receive laminates good only on Sunday, September 1.

"Eden has always been about thanking our fans for the support they've given us. This should be a fun way to connect with some folks we might not ordinarily get a chance to meet at a show," says guitarist Jon Trafton. "At past Edens we've often headed out into the camping area after sets to check out the scene and mingle with our friends and fans. It's nice to have a show that's so relaxed that way. Here's a chance for people to come into our zone during a show."

Strangefolk-Fan2Fan, the band's email discussion list, has been the hub of concert reviews, live show trades and fan connectivity on the internet since 1995. In recognition for the spice and sparkle the list's strongest personalities add to the Strangefolk community, the band would like to award these fans in categories ranging from "Best Fan Web Site" and "Best Review Writer" to "List Peace Keeper" and "Most Likely to Quit School/Work to Go on Tour". Winners will be voted on by those who know them best -- their fellow list-subscribers. This year marks the first of the Fan2Fan Awards.

In addition, the band would also like to encourage aspiring musicians to bring their instruments along to The Garden of Eden, as they plan on touring the camping area in search of jams that they can join in on. "There's nothing like the energy loop that's created between the band and audience during a show," says bassist Erik Glockler, "I'm really looking forward to bringing that same energy on to a more personal and interactive level in the campgrounds." Last, but not least, the icing on the fan-appreciation cake will be a set list voted for by the fans, which the band will play at some point over the Garden of Eden weekend. Details are forthcoming and will be posted in the weeks to come.

[Published on: 7/8/02]

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