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Student-run music festival returns to Boone Aug. 29.

BOONE–Music on the Mountaintop, the follow-up to last year’s Music on the Mountain, will be held at the Old State Fairgrounds in Boone on Aug. 29.

Music on the Mountaintop will feature a return of 2008’s headliners – Sam Bush, Keller Williams, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Acoustic Syndicate, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band – as well as 13 regional and local acts from Western North Carolina.

The festival returns with a green theme, using a solar-powered stage, precise recycling and waste disposal programs, compostable cups and utensils, and the integration of renewable energy non-profit organizations. The event is sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Student Entrepreneurs and the ASU Energy Center. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will go to the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE) and the Appalachian Energy Center.

“AIRE is extremely honored and excited to be Music on the Mountaintop’s feature environmental non-profit organization for 2009,” said AIRE director and founder Steve Owen. “We couldn’t be more delighted to be part of a great scene with the best music in the world, and to join with other area groups working for a more sustainable world.”

Similarly to last year’s festival, which drew more than 2,500 participants, Music on the Mountaintop 2009 will showcase three stages of music, a Green Village, 35-foot climbing wall, and local and organic food and craft vendors from the Boone area.  This year’s festival will also feature a river cleanup initiative that will take place Friday, Aug. 28, from 3-6 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

The festival is organized and produced by Yellow Dog Entertainment, LLC, a company founded by Jimmy Hunt initially for this purpose.  Hunt is a senior at Appalachian who got idea for the festival in one of his classes.

“I was taking a class and needed to create a business plan. I always wanted to do a large-scale music festival in Boone and the class gave me the tools to go after it,” he said. Hunt ended up dropping the class, but kept the business plan. “Once I started working on it outside of class, it really just snowballed,” Hunt said of the festival.

Yellow Dog Entertainment will coordinate the river cleanup with the help from Appalachian’s sustainable development program and local non-profit organizations.

Camping will be available on site, Aug. 29. Camping spots are limited but will be announced for purchase on the festival’s Web site.

The gates will open to the public at the Old State Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. and the music will begin at 11 a.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase through the Music on the Mountaintop Web site at www.musiconthemountaintop.com or at Green Mother Goods and Fat Cats Music and Video in Boone.

For more information about Music on the Mountaintop 2009, contact Jimmy Hunt at 919-818-2614 or Chip Patterson at 919-302-4862, or visit www.musiconthemountaintop.com.