Barefoot Manner, the hardest working band in North Carolina, is getting prepared for its third festival of good times and great music. Mannerland III will take place September 12th and 13th in Mebane, NC.

Coming off of the successful "First Five" tour out West – highlighted by the band's first appearance at the High Sierra Music Festival – the Barefoot boys are returning home to give back to the state which launched them. Bringing together some of the hottest acts on the scene, Mannerland III will feature two days of mind-movin' body-groovin' music, games, art, and food.

Friday's lineup will feature Guta, Lamar Jonz, Mountain of Venus, Perpetual Groove, and Barefoot Manner. This collection of bands hails from all over the Southeast and beyond. Guta is from Virginia Beach, VA and has plenty of groove. Lamar Jonz is a power trio from Raleigh, NC. Mountain of Venus brings intellectual songwriting and great vocal harmonies to the party from Arkansas (by way of Colorado and Boston!). Perpetual Groove, the pride of Savannah, GA, also made a big impression at High Sierra this year. With the soaring guitar lines of Brock Butler, Perpetual Groove brings second set intensity right out of the starting gates. Barefoot Manner rounds out the evening with its highly original sound melding groove-grass and funk with a Caribbean feel.

Saturday features a full day of music with Chasing Edison, Willie & Me, Blue Bambooza, The Amatures, Moonshine Still, and the hosts Barefoot Manner. Chasing Edison is from Charlotte, NC. Willie & Me features the blistering guitar of Willie. Blue Bambooza is alternative bluegrass, i.e. old-school licks with new tricks. The Amatures are authentic reggae and have been on the North Carolina scene for years. Moonshine Still is another outfit from Georgia. Their Southern twang and psychedelic tendencies gets the hoedown going. Finishing up will be another epic set from Barefoot Manner.

Barefoot Manner raises the bar with its third festival. This time the get-down will be held on a private farm with more than 300 acres of beautiful fields, forest, and streams in Mebane, North Carolina. Art booths will include renowned West Coast poster artist Ryan Kerrigan and the new Temple Ball Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC. An assortment of food vendors will bring everything from kind-veggie-burritos to seafood. "Mannerland enables us to create a Barefoot Utopia for a weekend. It really is a family reunion in a lot of ways for the band," says Barefoot drummer Jeff Garland. While still unconfirmed as of this writing, rumors are flying about DJs performing between sets to keep the party going.

In keeping with the community atmosphere at these festivals, Mannerland admission is by "citizenship" only. Citizenships can be obtained through the Barefoot Manner website and there is a limit of only 500 citizenships to keep things intimate. There will be no tickets sold at the gates; you must purchase your citizenship in advance. Garlands concludes, "I'm hoping that people will have such a wonderful time at Mannerland and that they will carry this positive vibe back to their everyday worlds and infect others with their harmony."

This is going to be one big party (or small festival, however you want to look at it!). For more information visit or call 919.821.4361.

Anson Burtch
JamBase | Southeast
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[Published on: 8/6/03]

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