The Moonshiner’s Ball is an annual music festival that was started in 2014 by a rag-tag group of musicians and music-loving friends, including members of the band Blind Corn Liquor Pickers. Since 2018, the fest has taken place at Rockcastle Riverside, a beautiful and secluded private concert venue and campground located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, a little over an hour southeast from Lexington, Kentucky. With an average attendance of 1200-1500 kind souls, this small, grassroots festival allows plenty of space to spread out, steal away from the crowds and commune with nature.
Meticulously curated by a team of music lovers, The Moonshiner’s Ball embraces a diverse variety of music, with the unofficial tagline “folk by day, funk by night.” We take great pride in our region, and love to spotlight our favorite Kentucky acts, but are also excited to host some of our favorite musical discoveries from well beyond our state on our two stages. Genres range from bluegrass, Americana and singer-songwriter to funk, R&B, electronica and beyond.
Beyond the music, festival features include camping, kayaking / canoeing (arrange for a paddle experience on-site!), community bonfires, tons of kids’ activities, top-shelf culinary vendors, creative arts and craft vendors, and tons of new friends you didn’t know you needed in your life. The vibe is blissful, friendly and laid-back. We’re pretty sure you’re never gonna wanna leave.
2023 Lineup includes Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Neal Francis, Sierra Hull, Adia Victoria, The Brothers Comatose, Larry Keel Experience, Kelsey Waldon, Sunny War, Thumpasaurus, The Rumble, Magnolia Boulevard, Vintage Pistol, Boulevards, Happy Landing, Good Mornign Bedlam, Hot Brown Smackdown, Eric Bolander, Mama Said String Band, Jeremy Short, Driftwood Gypsy, Houseplant, Brother Smith, Nolan Taylor, Jory Bowling, Them Lasses, Hunter Flynn, Joel’s Front Porch Jam, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers.