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2011 Moondance Jam, Jammin' Country will continue after founder's death

Moondance Jam and Moondance Jammin' Country will be staged next summer, despite founder Bill Bieloh' death in September.

Owner Kathy Bieloh, son Jonathan and daughter Bri announced this week "they will carry on Bill's dream to see Moondance Jam into its 20th anniversary celebration and Moondance Jammin' Country into its 5th year."

Moondance Jam will be staged July 14-16 and Moondance Jammin' Country June 23-25 on the grounds east of Walker. A tribute to Bill Bieloh will be presented at both events.

Moondance Jam is an outdoor rock and roll festival that has featured well-known artists over the years, Styx, Geroge Thorogood, Def Leppard, Lynard Skynard, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Sheryl Crow, Journey, Alice Cooper and Sammy Hagar among them.

Moondance Jammin' Country has presented some of the biggest country stars, along with new and upcoming artists. Jammin' Country's past line-up has included Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Brooks and Dunn, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Randy Travis, The Zac Brown Band and others.

The event began in 1992 when Bill and Kathy Bieloh were sitting around a campfire with friends. The moon was rising on a summer night and the idea for Moondance came to be.

"We miss Bill deeply and know many people out there do too," Kathy Bieloh said. "Bill was looking forward to the 20th anniversary celebration, and we as a family feel it is only right that we carry his dream forward in honor of him.

"We also do it for our hard working staff and Jammers who have supported the Jams for so many years."

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