A country fan's country

BEST BETS

August 01, 1996|By J.D. Considine

Think of the Rocky Gap Festival as a country concert in the most literal sense. Set amid the Appalachian beauty of Rocky Gap State Park in Cumberland, this three-day festival offers incredible scenery, clean air, camping and some of the biggest names in country music.

Randy Travis headlines on Friday, the festival's first night, with Stephanie Bentley rounding out the bill and a local battle of the bands, starting at 2: 30 p.m.

Saturday offers a full day of music beginning at 11 a.m., with Willie Nelson at the top of the bill, plus Asleep at the Wheel, Lisa Brokop, J. D. Crowe and the New South, and others.

The weekend winds up with Brooks & Dunn closing out the festival around 5: 30 Sunday afternoon, with Aaron Tippin, the Thompson Brothers and more through the day. Things get under way Sunday at 9: 15 a.m.

Advance tickets are $30 for Friday, $35 each for Saturday and Sunday and $90 for the weekend if purchased today; at the gate, tickets are $35 on Friday, $40 Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted free. Call (410) 481-7328 for tickets, (301) 722-5200 for information.

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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