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'AfterRoo' Promises To Keep The Party Going

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by Adam Ghassemi

CHRISTIANA, Tenn. It may be a much smaller stage, but the music has the same passion.

If Bonnaroo is a place for music lovers to cut loose, AfterRoo may be heaven for hardcore hippies.

The 11th annual festival is at Hippie Hill, property owned by organizer "Mamma Jeanie", who says AfterRoo began as a family event after the first Bonnaroo in 2002.

"We all kind of just went together and played music," she said.

It's grown from there. The hill could host as many as 1,000 people this weekend.

"There's a lot of people that are at motels and they're like recovering from Bonnaroo. They'll be here for the weekend," Mamma Jeanie said.

Melissa Krone has done the Bonnaroo and AfterRoo back-to-back before, but this time she's here from Florida for AfterRoo only this year with her 10-month-old son, Zayah.

"There's always so many different faces coming through here and you never really know what you're going to get," Krone said. "Once the music starts Friday people bring out the hula-hoops and some people fire dance at night."

The groups lists 17 scheduled bands on its Facebook page. It costs $10/night or $30 for the entire weekend, which pays to get in and camp.

Mamma Jeanie says they don't just pocket the money. They use it for the true mission of Hippie Hill, to help kids get off drugs and give them direction through small jobs who may otherwise be forgotten.

"They might look a little rough, but deep down inside they're real people," she said.

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