It’s been 25 years since the group of environmental activists that formed the Eno River Association enlisted bands and volunteers to put on the first Eno River Festival.

For that group of pioneers and a host of those to follow, saving the river was more religion than activism. So it’s appropriate that headlining Saturday’s opening of the silver anniversary of what’s become the Triangle’s unofficial July 4th party is Rev. Shirley Caesar, a woman who can cause just about anybody to get religion and a performer at the first festival.

Like Saturday, Sunday offers a wide range of acts and styles spread out on the festival’s five stages, including the Sacred Harp Singers, Paper Hand Puppet Intervention and bluegrass kings Steep Canyon Rangers and Chatham County Line.

Monday is headlined by the Red Clay Ramblers–a first festival headliner and a band that’s been loyal to the festival throughout the decades, along with songwriter Jonathan Byrd and smooth operators Regina Hexaphone.

Proceeds from the event go to benefit the association’s extensive conservation efforts along the Eno and its tributaries.

Listings, information about music camps and artists, and how to get there and where to park are at

Eno Schedule
Saturday, July 3:
Rev. Shirley Caesar & the Caesar Singers

Billy Jonas

Stillhouse Bottom Band

George Higgs

James Reams & the Barnstormers

Malpass Family

Dueling Shoes

Jimmy Landry and the Thrift Shop Congregation

Carolina Road Band

Greg Taylor

Jimmy Magoo

Cane Creek Cloggers

Ann Humphreys & Greg Hawks

Project Mastana

Anthony Neff

TROSA Music Ensemble

Tracy Simon Feldman

Belly Revelations

Alberti Flea Circus

Bearfoot Bluegrass

Emil McGloin

Rob Brodle

Chris Wimberly

Zoe Mulford

Sunday, July 4
Steep Canyon Rangers

Chatham County Line

John Dee Holman

The Moaners

Badgett Sisters

African American Dance Ensemble

Lightnin’ Wells

Dmitri Resnik

Jon Shain Trio

Bill Phillips

Pratie Heads


Emily Waszak

Celtic Jam


Three Graces

Mabels’ Boys

Sacred Harp Singers

Paper Hand Puppet Intervention

Alberti Flea Circus

Bearfoot Bluegrass

Big Fat Gap

Greg Klyma

The Chris Stamey Experience

Monday, July 5
Red Clay Ramblers

Nerissa & Katryna Nields

David Olney

Jamie Anderson

The Duhks

Jonathan Byrd


Regina Hexaphone

Chinkapin Hunters

Apple Chill Cloggers


Kickin Grass

Bill West

Nouveau Passe Orchestra


Walkin’ Bones

Yasmine White

Shenandoah Mnt. Band

Baron van Rumblebus

Piedmont All-Stars

Alberti Flea Circus

Bearfoot Bluegrass

Janet Stolp

Dechen Hawk

Tracy S. Feldman

Andy Smith