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Cold Mountain Summer Music Series - featuring The Dave Desmelik Trio

  • Lake Logan Conference Center 25 Wormy Chestnut Lane Canton, NC, 28716 United States (map)

Live Music from The Dave Desmelik Trio
Family Friendly
Waterfront open
Food Truck - Backwoods Bakery Pizza
Local Brew
Camping available - see below for details

Get your tickets at the gate.

  • $20/ car

  • $50/ 15-passenger van

  • $5/ bike

Gates open at 3 PM for fun on the lake. Music starts at 6.

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Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them. There is no sugar coating involved. His songs are not wrapped in false smiles, rather they are stark and open and tend to settle on the pulse of everyday life. An unclosed and evolving journal of thoughts set to music and melodies in prose and instrumental performance. Desmelik was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA, but has traveled and lived in a multitude of landscapes. He currently resides in Brevard, NC. He was an original member of Onus B. Johnson, a successful band based in Flagstaff, AZ in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This band was on the front wave of jamgrass while maintaining the passion for songwriting. Today, Desmelik continues to pursue an ascending path as a solo artist.

A seasoned veteran of recording and performing, Desmelik states of his career thus far, “I have recorded in state of the art studios and bedroom closets. I have performed on big festival stages for numerous people and in lonely corners in dive bars for three people and the bartender. Either way, what you get is me with my eyes closed getting lost in these songs. I have chosen the life of a songwriter and musician not because I wish to, or have to, but because I want to and need to. It is my therapy and in this regard the door to my sessions are open.”

Desmelik has released 13 albums to date as well as two albums with his former band Onus B. Johnson. Onus B. Johnson was a Band Finalist at the 2001 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition and was voted Flagstaff’s best band three times. He was the winner of the 2002 Flagstaff Awards for Music Excellence (FAME) award for best singer-songwriter. Desmelik’s song “If It’s Good For You” was chosen in the Top 25 Songs of 2010 by His albums have placed consistently on the EuroAmericana Chart, Roots Music Report, Freeform American Roots Chart, and North Carolina Roots Radio Chart. Dave’s albums have also been voted repeatedly in the “Best Releases” by the listeners of WNCW radio as well as being voted in the “Best Of” Mountain Xpress Readers’ Poll. His recordings have been reviewed in a number of reputable publications and online music sources such as Maverick Magazine (UK), Southeast Performer Magazine, and (Flyinshoes Reviews) to name a few. He has toured extensively in support of his songs including numerous performances in the USA and UK. Some notable artists Desmelik has opened for and/or shared the stage with are Drivin' N Cryin', Robbie Fulks, Chuck Brodsky, Richard Buckner, The Black Lillies, Cary Hudson, Bow Thayer, Shawn Mullins, Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey among others.

If you listen to Dave Desmelik’s songs, whether lyrical or instrumental, you may become pleasantly fixed in the simplistic realness of them and if you hear Desmelik in a live setting you may realize that there are no tricks, just a genuine venture into the highs and lows of life.

Other dates in the series:
August 17 and September 21


Cabins are available. Reservations must be made in advance. Rates are $120 plus tax per room. Breakfast can also be reserved for $12 plus tax per person. Contact Della at 828.646.0095 ext 102 or for details.


Camping is available. Reservations must be made in advance. Each 20X20 camping space is $25 plus tax. Breakfast can also be reserved for $12 plus tax per person. Call 828.646.0095 ext 102 or email to reserve.

  • Check-in is at 3 PM on Saturday.

  • If your vehicle fits in the 20 x 20 space, you're welcome to park it alongside your tent. Otherwise, you can move it to the nearby parking lot.

  • While there are no individual fires permitted, we will have communal fires in the camping area for our guests.

  • No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. We will also have food and beverage vendors on Saturday evening. The dining hall will be open for breakfast on Sunday morning for $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under (plus 7% tax) per person. Make breakfast reservations when you reserve your campsite.

  • There are not showers for camping sites. There are port-o-potties.

  • Check-out is Noon on Sunday, but you may continue to enjoy the lake until 4 PM.

Later Event: July 28
Camp Henry Family Camp