Dixie Mattress Festival


2017 Dixie Mattress Festival News

Hello Dixie friends and family. After long talks with the band, a final decision has been reached regarding 2017 Dixie Mattress Festival. Unfortunately we will be taking this year off. I know that is not what you want to hear, but that is how things have played out. Of course Kelly and I are sad too. There is a small bright spot in this bad news. There is also talk of doing Dixie 2018 at this same venue and that would allow us adequate time to plan and make it the kind of special event it has been over the years. We totally respect this decision and understand it was not an easy choice by any means for anyone. We would like to thank the band and Joe for their willingness to put DMF back in our hands. There are also hints that Kelly & I will resume making Dixie happen...with that said, a year is long way off, and as I type this I don't know what the next year will bring. I tried to check my crystal ball but the batteries were dead, so time will tell! I will post some pictures of the Venue but I don't want to mention the actual place due to it's rural setting we would still have logistics to work out before hand. We just wanted everyone to know what was going on now and what might happen in the future. Thanks everyone for your support!

At our 2014 Dixie Mattress Festival Colin Lyle got engaged to Angie Domini!  We would like to wish Colin Lyle and the soon to be Angie Lyle all the success and happiness in the world.  We just couldn't be happier.  Colin Lyle is the second preson to find wedded bliss at our event.  The first Being Randy Davidson and Laressa.  We love you all!  The Dixie Family.
I would never have even tried to envision nine years in the beginning, never.

As you see this will be an off year for us.  It was not a decision that was arrived at lightly.  Kelly and I could never have envisioned what this event has grown into.  We cannot thank everyone enough for all the things that have been done over the years to make this the best little three day festival in the world!  We do feel some sorrow that we just didn't seem to be able to pull it off this year.  Honestly we feel a debt to the fans. You created something much bigger and more deeply entrenched in our lives than what we had expected.   Due to many, many factors, we stepped aside last year and the band graciously took over.  It now is starting to look like we might be stepping back into our original roles.  This is only possible with total band support and with your continuing support.  On a personal level it involves many changes for me, especially the one where I stop doing the physical labor.  getting old can be a pain in the ass, literally.  Not to drag out personal issues here, so we move onward.  The one thing I can say is that we are looking at a return to our roots.  We have got a spot that we believe can be magical.  And at the risk of going way out on a limb....this could be the best place yet.  Think wood nymphs, fairies and mythical settings and our extended family in a heavily wooded piece of Oregon heaven.  So looking forward most of our vision remains intact.  Now it is up to you to keep it alive and kicking...

The first year we sent this out not actually knowing if it was going to work at all. Now it's seven years later and we are in awe of everyone's support.

I still don't know how to accurately express our thanks to the band.  If the band reads this, realize I may get tongue tied in person and stumble through the words of thanks from everyone involved  I  think this sums it up.

"We love you more than the words can tell."  

            Because of each of you in our extended "Dixie Family", this has worked.  Years ago, it was said that this event grows family.  Well, "family", once again the god of lost of venues has reared it's ugly head. Yet somehow, we manage to keep the beast at bay.  We will be once again asking everyone to follow our lead as we move.  And, of course,  this will have it's own special set of trials, tribulations, challenges and rewards.  While it is very sad that we lost a beautiful public place as one door closes another has opened. 

Being able to produce these shows has been a huge honor.  We have tried to capture the group consciousness while producing these shows, but the truth is we are not full time promoters.  We are made up of people you stand next to during the shows.  The group of people who have helped to make these shows possible continue to stay in the shadows and never ask for anything in return.  They truly are the backbone of Dixie.  From the humble beginnings along the McKenzie river our first year, then out to the high desert of southern Oregon for our second year which then led us to a farm tucked in among mcmansions for years three and four, you traveled and arrived in year five and six to make it yours.  Now it's lucky number seven at "The Birk" in Birkenfeld, Oregon.  If you are a long time fan of Jerry's music you probably know the reputation the Virginia City had gotten as special and out of the way.  This was Oregon's Virgina City. Then out to Star Gazer Farms as Kelly and I took some much needed time off. Now we are looking towards year number 9!

   Our vision was to plan an event that is unique.  A special event but this year we will not limit ticket sales.  You do need to buy in advance.    We tried to start something special.  In hindsight, we ended up creating a place where everyone could make it as special as they wanted.  This show is being put on by people like you, for people like you.           

            We want to continue to provide the opportunity for folks to camp and be with friends and family.  You will get to see Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons on the bands own terms in a special setting with the extended family.   It is our desire to provide a place where the Jackmormons ARE the show! A place where we will gather, enjoy the music with our longtime friends as well as friends we have not yet met, and our extended family.  A place where the bar is not closing, where you can dance, relax and enjoy the show.  A place where no one is telling you that you can’t dance here or you have to leave now, we're closing.  A place where you don’t have to worry about driving in order to get home.  A place to be among friends and people who are there for the same reasons as you, to enjoy the music that holds a special place in all our hearts.  Music under the stars again.   You know how different it is to have the music outside, unencumbered by the inside acoustics of a room or that boxed in feel that being walled in has.  We want to leave only footprints when we leave.  I know that you will all give us your support in accomplishing this task.

            You made this event happen through Jerry’s music.  This event is only as special as YOU make it.  The last five years you made it very special.  The people this year have very high standards to live up to.  Look out for each other.  Take care of each other.  Everyone there will be “family.”  Everyone will be kind.  Everyone here is a friend of someone and everyone.  Everyone in attendance will be there because they were meant to be.   We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!


One Love


The Dixie Mattress Festival



Jerry Joseph And The Jackmormons



Late Night Saturday: DJ Dex and ???


Camping available on site.  We allow all types of camping. Tent, RV, Trailer or car camping.  No fires at campsite.  Fresh drinking water available on site. 


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Come out and show your support


Yes that is a band sponsored t-shirt!


 DMF #9

June 23,24,25 2018

The first day for mail order: 2018.

The last day for mail order is: 2018.

The location is on heavily wooded Private Property

We are looking forward to having a great time at our new home.  


                                    Tickets 3-day pass w/camping $165
                                               June - 2012 



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