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Shelton, Lambert, Bentley headline Watershed Fest at the Gorge

Friday, April 27, 2012 – The inaugural Watershed Music Festival will be headlined by Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton from Aug. 3-5 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.

The three-day event will include camping, late night sets, impromptu jam sessions and collaborations. Three-day festival passes start at $90 and go on sale Sat., May 5 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Live Nation Entertainment and ACM Promoter of the Year Brian O'Connell are behind the festival.

"The Gorge provides a feeling that is impossible to recreate anywhere else," said O'Connell. "It is truly a magical place and provides the perfect setting for a cool, eclectic country event. We wanted to create something that didn't exist, from the caliber of artists to the camping and the atmosphere. I'm excited to be a part of it and see it all come together."

"In the storied 25 year history of The Gorge, we've been fortunate to host many of the nation's top country artists, but all have been single day concerts," said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle. "For years, we've wanted to host a multiple day country festival that builds on the tremendous success for our annual Sasquatch Music Festival and Dave Matthews Band residency. We believe this event will bring that same sort of excitement and energy to The Gorge for an entirely new group of music fans."

Artists confirmed for the festival are Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Dwight Yoakam, Tracy Lawrence, Reckless Kelly, The Lost Trailers, Steve Holy, Johnny Reid, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Morgan Frazier, DeeJay Silver and a local stage will feature regional acts each night. More artists will be announced.

The Watershed Music Festival will feature a capacity of 25,000 and will offer lawn terrace seating and premiere camping options.

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