Hog Jam 2018: Music festival getting an urban makeover this year

Jonny Dread & the Mystics, joined by some young music fans at Hog Jam 2017, returns to the festival for a performance at the The 804 Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 25. CONTRIBUTED

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Jonny Dread & the Mystics, joined by some young music fans at Hog Jam 2017, returns to the festival for a performance at the The 804 Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 25. CONTRIBUTED

Hog Jam has been at a number of different locations over the past dozen years, but it has always been in a rural setting with a camping component. That has changed this year, with organizer Tony Herdman hosting his 13th annual music festival on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25.

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“I was approached by the gentlemen that own The 804 Building,” Herdman said. “It’s urban storage and office space. They wanted to do some music so I helped them put together this Rock the Dock idea. We ended up doing a couple of Saturday concerts there over the summer. I’ve always wanted to book stuff downtown. I was very excited to help with that. We got some great sponsors and great people volunteered. We had great bands and vendors involved so it’s been a fun ride this summer.”

Once Herdman agreed to do Rock the Dock, he began planning Hog Jam’s move downtown.

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Subterranean, (left to right) Stephen Buttree, Rob Brockman, Chuckie Love and Chris Coalt, is just one of the acts performing at Hog Jam 2018 at The 804 Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 25. CONTRIBUTED

Subterranean, (left to right) Stephen Buttree, Rob Brockman, Chuckie Love and Chris Coalt, is just one of the acts performing at Hog Jam 2018 at The 804 Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 25. CONTRIBUTED

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Subterranean, (left to right) Stephen Buttree, Rob Brockman, Chuckie Love and Chris Coalt, is just one of the acts performing at Hog Jam 2018 at The 804 Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Aug. 25. CONTRIBUTED

“It’s been a crazy year with my company, my family and things I’m doing in life,” he said. “I decided to do something different and try Hog Jam with an urban atmosphere. It has thrown off some people because they do love the camping, which I totally understand, but I felt like it was a good idea to incorporate the urban feel of Rock the Dock at The 805 Building along with Hog Jam.”

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This year’s festival will be held at two different downtown locations. Hog Jam kicks off at Hannah’s at 7 p.m. Friday, with a night of acoustic music featuring headliners Blue Moon Soup with Chris Bro, Alec Delphenic, Charlie Tipton and Sharon A. Lane. Music begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at The 804 Bldg. Saturday’s performers include Subterranean, Cheezcake, Jonny Dread & the Mystics, and the Nerak Roth Patterson Band.

“Since we’re doing it downtown, I thought I’d get Hannah’s involved, too,” Herdman said. “Friday night is my acoustic series. I’ve always been a singer-songwriter so I’ve always liked the solo acoustic side of it.

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“We’re closing Saturday night with Subterranean, who has always been one of my favorites in town,” Herdman added. “They’ve played most of the Hog Jams in some form so I’m happy to have them this year. I wanted to go back to some of the core bands that have really helped me over the years and they were all excited to be a part of this new idea and jumped on the urban Hog Jam.”

Admission is $10 per venue. Proceeds benefit Miami Valley Music Festival.


HOW TO GO

What: Hog Jam 2018 with Subterranean, Blue Moon Soup, Cheezcake, Sharon lane and others

When: 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25

Where: Hannah's, 121 N. Ludlow, Dayton, and The 804 Bldg., 804 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Cost: $10 per venue

More info: www.facebook.com/hogjammusicfestival

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