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The Bathtub Gin Serenaders are a Rogue Valley band that came together out of a shared love of pre-war hot jazz and early blues and the pure fun of playing music together. Boasting a jug band mentality but without the jug, the Serenaders perform as an all-acoustic band, just as it was done in the 1920s and 30s. - Photo by Ivan Rocha

Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains — a new, two-day music festival sprung from the old, annual Prospect Bluegrass Festival — will feature everything from bluegrass to newgrass this year. The festival's music lineup will include a range of folk, Americana, country, hot jazz and blues.

Music in the Mountains is set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Prospect Hotel, 391 Mill Creek Drive. Live music will be presented on an outdoor stage surrounded by five acres of park-like grounds near Mill Creek. Visitors should bring blankets and chairs.

An open-mic session will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, on the hotel's veranda.

Bands and musicians scheduled for Saturday will be country and bluegrass artists Smokey & Friends at 10 a.m., acoustic bluegrass, newgrass, folk, vintage and pop band Sequoia at noon, acoustic folk artist Jesse Woodside at 2 p.m., improvisational jam band Jefferson at 4 p.m. and country singer Taryn Cross at 6 p.m.

A barn dance will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Prospect Community Club. The caller will be Denny Lantz. Dance instruction will be available.

Sunday's lineup will be Sequoia at 10 a.m., Woodside at 11:30 a.m., bluegrass string band Eight Dollar Mountain at 1 p.m., '20s and '30s hot jazz and blues band The Bathtub Gin Serenaders at 2:30 p.m. and Cross at 4 p.m.

Arts, crafts and a quilt show will be available throughout the weekend. There will be pen-and-ink drawings by Kim Ragsdale, works in wood by Jim Kanitz of Horizons in Wood and paintings by Genell Tuter, Dorothy Dierks and Bob Faulkner. Handmade bird houses by Kate Kreisman of S&K Creations and natural bath and body products by Country Comforts of Prospect will be displayed.

There will be wine- and beer-tasting provided by Crater Lake Cellars and Southern Oregon Brewery. Visitors can look for commemorative wine glasses and beer mugs.

A two-day festival ticket costs $25, $28 with the dance. A one-day ticket costs $15, $18 with the dance. Admission to the dance only costs $5. Discounts are available for ages 16 and younger and for Prospect residents. Identification will be required.

Camping is available at Stewart State Park and Abbot Creek, Woodruff Bridge, Mill Creek, River Bridge, Farewell Bend, Natural Bridge and Rogue Gorge campgrounds.

Lunch and dinner items will be available at the festival. RV parking is available at the Crater Lake RV Park in Prospect.

See www.prospecthotel.com/bluegrass or call 541-560-3664.

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