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Seether will perform at 11 p.m. today on the main stage at Moondance Jam in Walker. Seether is an alternative metal band with hits including “Remedy” and “Fake It.”/Marina Chavez

Musicians ready to hit Moondance Jam stage

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WALKER - For the past several years, Moondance Jam has relied on names like Kid Rock, KISS and Motley Crue to highlight their festival. This year they have spread the wealth across the lineup to put 15 national acts back on the main stage for the first time since 2010. 

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Moondance Jam 23 opened Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the Moondance Jam Fairgrounds in Walker.

Big names such as REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Styx and Foreigner will carry on the festival's classic rock tradition while Seether, Collective Soul, Alter Bridge, Sublime with Rome, The Wallflowers, Skillet and Sick Puppies bring in the 90s and modern rock sound that newer fans crave. Hair metal bands Autograph and Slaughter and classic rock groups Badfinger featuring Joey Molland and former Eagle Don Felder also will perform.

“We are so happy with the lineup this year," said owner Kathy Bieloh. “We have several bands playing early time slots that could easily be opening for a headliner in the 9 p.m. spot. Even the bands playing the 3 p.m. shows would be bumped up a time slot the past few years. We're hoping to see a lot of jammers in the concert area all day with all of this talent. Even our side stages are beefed up this year. ”

In all there are 50 bands on four stages at Moondance Jam this year.

Many of the campers have been coming to the same campsites for years and have developed friendships with their camping neighbors and other Moondance friends that they see just once a year, Moondance officials said. As well as adding new friends they meet at the music fest.

Moondance Manager Jon Bieloh said the campgrounds are ready to go

“I just looked at the extended forecast and it says 75-80 degrees for every day of the Jam and into next week,” said Bieloh. “If that holds up, we're going to have a lot of happy jammers. Plus it will make it easy for the bands and production crews to do what they are best at - putting on a great rock show."

Concert gates open at noon Thursday through Saturday. Day parking is $15 per day available at the Moondance Fairgrounds parking lot just off of Highway 200 and $5 per day motorcycle parking near the east concert gate. Moondance Jam provides a free shuttle service that runs to and from the concert gates.

Check in for camping runs from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today through Saturday. People will not be able to line-up before the check-in time because vehicles will not be allowed to wait on the highway.

For more information on when the bands will perform, ticket prices and camping go to www.moondancejam.com.

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