ABOUT THE EVENT
OHIO – WCOL Country Jam 2016 is back and better than ever! WCOL and Bluestone Promotions are pairing up and bringing country music superstars to central Ohio. The line up features Grammy Award Winner Chris Stapleton, ACM Award Winner Justin Moore, along with country music legends Hank Williams Jr., The Charlie Daniels Band, and Chris Young. Additional acts to join the line up will be announced soon. The two-day festival will be held over Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd and 3rd at the historic Legend Valley Music Center and campgrounds. This marks the 4th year WCOL Country Jam has taken place at Legend Valley located near Buckeye Lake in Thornville, OH.
The festival is packed with the best country music ranging from classic country and southern rock country to today’s biggest country hit-makers.
two- day festival will be hosted at the historic Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground located on Buckeye Lake, just thirty minutes east of downtown Columbus. 2016 will mark the 4th year that WCOL Country Jam has taken place at the venue. The festival is packed with a multitude of country music acts from classic country, southern rock country, and modern country artists.
The WCOL Country Jam is a country festival that has occurred annually for the last 11 years. In 2013, WCOL and Bluestone Promotions formed a partnership to bring the show to the Legend Valley Music Center. The venue boasts acres of campgrounds and a large field with great views of the stage. Legend Valley Music Center has functioned as a music venue since the early 1970’s, but has undergone some name changes since that time. LVMC has hosted a multitude of artists including: The Charlie Daniels Band, The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Alabama, Journey, and Jimmy Buffett.
THE 2016 LINEUP INCLUDES
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
CHRIS YOUNG – JUSTIN MOORE
THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
HANK WILLIAMS JR. – CHRIS STAPLETON
General Admission tickets are currently available! There are several camping options available to patrons. Tickets and camping passes are on-sale now and available at www.LegendValleyFestivals.com. Camping passes are sold separately.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Legend Valley is being reborn from footprints of the past, and with kind support from friends, family and all of you, the Valley will continue to jam and be the number one concert venue in central Ohio!
In the early 1970’s, Clifford and Helen Jinks, then owners of the farm, started doing small get togethers. Evening gatherings on the farm became a place for friends and family to come together to jam; and through Cliffs love of music, a true grassroots music venue was born.
In April of 1978, Helen and Cliff signed a lease with George Biddle and Gary Kutch, who planned to step up the talent and bring in big name acts. Biddle and Kutch named the venue Legend Valley. They started doing shows in 1978 with Charlie Daniels, Earl Scruggs and Pure Prairie League. Some of the early shows, which were called Dixie Jams, included Allman Brothers, Ricky Skaggs and many more.
On July 25, 1982, Legend Valley brought Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Juice Newton and A Touch of Grass. Later that year in August, Legend Valley hosted Willie Nelson, Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, Ricky Scaggs and the Wright Brothers. One thing that made Legend Valley stand out from other venues was that they allowed and encouraged coolers and picnic baskets to be brought in the valley. During the following 7 or 8 years of Legend Valley hosting shows, there was a true who’s who of music royalty, such as Journey, Foghat, Bryan Adams, Scorpions, Quiet Riot, Fast Way, Kick Axe, Adrenelen and many, many others.
In the mid 80’s the venue changed hands and was named Buckeye Lake Music Center (BLMC). The days of bringing in your coolers and picnic baskets came to an abrupt halt! Saturday June 28th of 1986, with promotional assistance from Sunshine Promotions and QFM 96, BLMC invited their first show, ZZ Top, to the valley. Later in the year on Saturday September 6th, BLMC and local radio station 92X brought AC/DC’s WhoMadeWho tour, which included Quiet Riot and Loudness. On August 30th of the same year, BLMC, country radio station K95 and Sunshine Promotions welcomed Hank Williams Jr., Sawyer Brown and Earl Thomas Conley. The late 1980’s cultivated such acts as Bon Jovi, Cinderella, and Def Leppard just to name a few.
In 1988, the venue would host what was by far one of the best and largest stops on the Grateful Dead tour. Special thanks would have to go out to Helen Meredith, as well as Will and Rachel Powell, for allowing their farmland to be inundated by a sea of parked cars. From 1988 to 1996, most of the big acts were declaring BLMC one of their favorite scenes. The Dead, Buffett, Lollapalloza, WOMAD and many others, were hosted here in the valley. After the last Buffet show in 1996, BLMC said they were done! That is where I came into the picture…
My friends and I were spending each Memorial and Labor Day weekend with a band called Ekoostik Hookah. After a few short years of Hookahville at other local venues, we were sitting around a campfire at the Songbird amphitheater when someone said, “Hey Steve, you should try to get Hookahville to come to the farm”. After a few meetings with Hookah’s manager, it seemed things were a go ahead. I went to the township to renew the Camping license for the farm in 1996. Unfortunately, I was told that the books from 1975, with my camping variance, were lost–and nowhere to be found. Without a camping license, and BLMC still in control of the parking lots, my hands were tied!
After a few quiet years without shows, BLMC was again ready and determined to try to bring Hookahville to the lake. Somehow, BLMC was able to get a camping license granted for the farm. In 1999, the first Hookahville was brought to BLMC. Hookah’s management and staff took over and did the best production–start to finish–that the venue had ever seen.
In 2003, I was able to get the camping license put in my name, Steve Trickle. All I had left to do was somehow get the lease to the parking lot that was being leased by BLMC.
I was snowboarding in Big Sky Montana and had just ridden the tram to the top of Loan Peake. I wanted to get a picture of myself and asked some guy to take the photo for me. He asked where I was from and when I told him he said that his Dad owned the parking lot…tell me thats not meant to be… I gave him my phone number and told him to let his Dad know if BLMC did not renew their lease at the end of February to give me a call. One day in February my phone rang, it was the guy’s Dad that owned the lot!
Now I had the camping license and the parking lot. All that was left to do was name the venue. I renamed the place “Legend Valley” and with a lot of help from family and friends, I have been able to put this magical venue back on the map!