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Ragin’ on the River brings music to Friends of Cheat Campground

Saxsquatch isn’t a myth.

His real and true believers can catch a glimpse of the 7-foot musician headlining at the Friends of Cheat Campground in Albright tonight.

Saxsquatch is headlining the third and final Ragin’ on the River — a concert with the option to camp overnight — for 2021. Organizer Adam Payne said people can buy a day pass, general camping pass, or premium camping pass where the stage is viewable from the campsite. Prices are $30, $40, or $50, respectively.

The artists, which include four Morgantown area bands, will play on a theme of funk, jazz and reggae, Payne said. There will be arts and crafts vendors, and B.C. Jerk Chicken and Cheese Louise will be on site with food trucks.

Saxsquatch is a national touring act with over 150 million views on his videos, music in the video game Rocket League, and recently collaborated with John Oates from Hall and Oates. Payne said kids love his dance version remixes of popular songs.
“I really love to just have a good time, ” Saxsquatch told The Dominion Post. “So when I heard about the good time on the river, I was like ‘I gotta be there.'”

Saxsquatch comes from a musical family — his grandpa, Gigfoot, plays the guitar and his sister Bigflute plays the flute. He said he fell in love with the saxophone early on while listening to Urgent by Foreigner.

“I instantly fell in love with the primal raw sound of the saxophone,” Saxsquatch said.

The second national act is Marbin, a jazz and rock fusion band. Payne described their music as high octane jazz and said they’re a “really awesome and unique band.”

The other four bands, The Greens, Tom Batchelor Band, Intoxicated Zen and Rolrgostr, are local. Payne said one of the goals of Ragin’ on the River is to support the local music scene as much as possible.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 2 p.m.

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