Marcus King Band Family Reunion comes to Black Mountain in October.
The past year has been a whirlwind of good news for Greenville’s Marcus King Band.
The blues-rockers released their critically acclaimed, self-titled sophomore album, produced by Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, and they performed on CBS This Morning Saturday earlier this year.
King recently appeared on cover of Guitar Player magazine, featured as one of “10 Young Players Spreading the Gospel of Kick-Ass Guitar.” And this past weekend, the band performed at Colorado’s fabled Red Rocks Amphitheatre, part of a tribute to the late Gregg Allman.
And now the band members are ready to offer a big thank-you to their fans, at an October music festival in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
The inaugural Marcus King Band Family Reunion will be held Oct. 6-7 at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain. In addition to King and his band, the musical lineup will include Blackberry Smoke, Muddy Magnolias, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, David Shaw of the Revivalists, George Porter Jr. and more.
The full lineup will be released in the coming weeks, and the band hopes to make it an annual event.
As King described it in a recent phone interview, “it’s less of a show and more of a celebration of unity and solidarity, and brotherhood and sisterhood, and just family in general.”
Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit Cannabis Forward, a Greenville-based organization that seeks to raise awareness of the uses of medical marijuana, and Mental Health America of Greenville County, which promotes mental health advocacy and awareness.
King said the band chose Black Mountain as the location because the Black Mountain/Asheville area “has always been a second home for the band. They really took us in as their own, just as Greenville did. And we always felt a really strong connection with the folks at Pisgah Brewing Company. And we decided that that would be the best place to do it, as far as the vibe and energy was concerned.”
Because of the band’s extensive touring schedule, the members don’t get to spend as much time with family as they would like, King said.
“The whole idea of it is that we’re gone for most of the year, and when we get home, we miss a lot of family reunions, individually and collectively. So we are all coming together and making one big family reunion for the whole group to be a part of, so all of our families can come and celebrate with us,” King said.
The fall will be a busy season for the Marcus King Band. There’s an East Coast tour, followed by a European tour, then a stint on Buddy Guy’s Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
And in November, the band hits the studio again for its next album, which will likely be released next summer.
There’s no album title yet; King said naming an album is a bit like adopting a puppy.
“You have it for a couple of weeks, you live with it, you see how you feel about it, figure out its personality, and then you give it a name,” he said.
Tickets for the Marcus King Band Family Reunion start at $49.50 and go on sale Aug. 25. For more info, go to www.marcuskingband.com.