Acoustic Cafe

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The Acoustic Cafe was an annual outdoor music festival featuring bluegrass and other traditional string music. It began as a private event on Steve Masterson's 61-acre farm near Hayden in 1995 and opened to the public the following year.

After 2009 the festival outgrew that site and was moved to another private farm, a 220-acre wooded spread near Hayleyville in Marion County, which hosted the festival from 2010 through 2016. Featured acts over the years have included Sam Bush, Doc Watson, Edgar Meyer, Jason Bailey, Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The last Acoustic Cafe was held in 2017, with Masterson moving it back to his Hayden property for the final festival.


  • Short, Dale (May 20, 2017) "Popular music festival hosts its farewell event." Daily Mountain Eagle
  • Colurso, Mary (November 29, 2017) "Cool Spaces: Blount County property, former site of a musical festival, is 61 acres of awesome." The Birmingham News

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