Mighty High Mountain Festival comes to Tuxedo, NY the weekend of Friday May 18th through the 20th. Tri-State Indie was lucky enough to speak with Josh Dunsky, one of the founders of the festival who deals with promotions and staffing for the event.

Mighty High Mountain Festival hosts a range of different types of musicians from blue grass to new orleans funk. The headliners this year include Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band, as well as Railroad Earth, a newgrass band. Each handpicked artist brings a different dimension to the weekend.

The festival hosts a crowd from around 3000 to 5000 people, giving the festival a more intimate feel. Dunsky explains that the crowd is geared to a family atmosphere, and works to keeps the price of the festival affordable and approachable. He finds importance having a fun event for everyone that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy.

One of the interesting aspects of Mighty High Mountain Festival is that the creators hand pick the artists together, booking bands that they feel bring great energy and vibe to the celebration. Everyone involved has a personal connection to some of the artists on the line-up. The festival experience is exciting for the people attending and the people who worked hard to put everything together.

Like many festivals, camping is a large part of the fun and experience of the entire weekend. With mid-May’s comfortable weather, everyone can enjoy hanging out at the campgrounds, getting to know each other after the music festivities end for the day. Dunsky says that camping brings an entirely new dynamic and approach to a festival, and also lends to the factor of safety. People can enjoy themselves without worrying about getting home after a few drinks, relaxing with good friends and good music.

While putting a festival can be stressful and tedious, Dunsky agrees that the end result and seeing everyone enjoying the weekend makes the process all worth it. He says the best feeling is having people come out and enjoy everything that everyone worked so hard to bring to the fans.

Mighty High Music Festival hits the stage next Friday, May 18th. For more information on the festival, feel free to visit createavibe.com for the full lineup and ticket information. Hope to see you all there!

Words by Hadar Spector