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Hangtown to Host 3-Day Halloween Music Fest

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Placerville will host a three-day musical jubilee, the Hangtown Halloween Ball, which promoters and the community hope will become an annual event. Festivities begin Friday evening and run through Sunday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

The camping event will feature an all-star lineup on two full stages (both indoor and out): The Funky Meters, Ozomatli, 7 Walkers (featuring Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann), David Grisman Sextet, Melvin Seals & JGB, Zach Deputy, Elephant Revival, New Monsoon, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Head for the Hills, Dead Winter Carpenters and, of course, three nights of Railroad Earth.

For the Friday opening, Railroad Earth will execute a unique original score to the 1922 horror classic “Nosferatu,” while simultaneously projecting the film. The performance will be followed by a full show with Bay Area favorites New Monsoon, plus special guests.

Event organizers have been working tirelessly to create an amazing festival site complete with roving performers, visuals and a spooky Halloween spirit that is sure to excite the imaginations of all who attend. They have planned a number of activities throughout the weekend, including pumpkin carving and some trick-or-treat opportunities for the kids.

“We have a remarkable site,” Promoter Ryan Kronenberg said. “The main stage area is set within an expansive natural amphitheater while the indoor late night hall, located just 100 yards away, is a 2,100-person venue with plenty of room for dancing.”

Conscious Alliance is also happy to announce they will be hosting an “Art That Feeds” food drive at the ball all three days. Patrons who donate 10 non-perishable food items will receive a free Hangtown Halloween Ball poster created by TRiPP.

Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health-oriented products. Organic food donations are especially encouraged. Ramen noodles will not be accepted for the free poster.

There are still a limited amount of single- and three-day event packages available, including VIP camping. Vendors will be on hand serving food, drinks, wine and beer.

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