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The 8th Annual Festy Experience Is Kicking Off At Infinity Downs Farm
Thursday-Sunday, October 5 – October 8, 2017

Featuring:

The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, The Travelin’ McCourys, and more!

The Festy Experience Presents The eTown Stage and “Almost eTown”
Featuring Host Nick Forster and Guest Host Danny Barnes

Visit the Chiackapig Farm

Full weekend and Single Day Tickets On Sale Now www.thefesty.com

Charlottesville, VA — The Festy Experience is excited about “The eTown Stage,” a new partnership with eTown, a nationally syndicated non­profit radio broadcast/podcast focused on educating and entertaining diverse audiences through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

For over 25 years, eTown’s Nick & Helen Forster have produced musical, social, and environmental programming to uplift and inspire listeners around the world. eTown listeners come for the music… and stay for the message.

Their social and environmental focus makes eTown a perfect fit to host The eTown Stage, a third stage premiering at The 8th Annual Festy Experience. Throughout the weekend, eTown co-­host Nick Forster and acclaimed banjo bellwether Danny Barnes will present “Almost eTown,” a series of 30 ­minute conversational performances. Danny Barnes & Nick Forster will also be featured with their full band on The Skyline Tent Stage on Thursday night.

Almost eTown will consist of shorts sets and interviews with artists already performing at The 8th Annual Festy Experience which takes place October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm, a 387-acre property in Arrington, Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This year’s full festival lineup includes The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne performing the songs of Bob Dylan, and lots more.

In addition to Almost eTown, The eTown Stage will be home to family yoga, local artist performances, and workshops. The Festy aims to give the ultimate laid back festival experience which is fun for the entire family: camping, outdoor activities, craft food and beer, the 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Burn (5k/10k), and stellar music on three stages!

See the full schedule for each stage →  www.thefesty.com/lineup-by-day.

Chickappig Set up 2017The Festy is also excited to host the Chickapig Farm! Chickapig is a new strategic and fun board game created in Charlottesville. Chickapig breeder and game creator (and luthier) Brian Calhoun joined forces with his farming buddy and musician, Dave Matthews, to bring this game from farm to table where players dodge opponents, hay bales, and an unruly pooping cow. There will be games to play on site as well as a life sized version!

CupKleanKanteenFEsty2017.JPGEnvironmental sustainability is important to the organizers and they are eliminating all waste from single-use plastic cups. Instead every All Weekend ticket comes with a free commemorative steel pint cup from The Festy’s Partner, Klean Kanteen, which they can use for free water from filling stations placed throughout site as well as beer purchases.

The Festy Experience ~ Full 2017 Lineup:
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ani DiFranco
Drive-By Truckers
Elephant Revival
Sam Bush Band
Beats Antique
The Jerry Douglas Band
Joan Osborne
The Travelin’ McCourys
Sierra Hull
Danny Barnes & Nick Forster
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Garrettgrass Gospel Hour
Della Mae
Cabinet
Shook Twins
Billy Strings
Sarah Siskind & Sunliner
Carl Anderson
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
Love Canon
Maggie Koerner
Dori Freeman
Erin Lunsford
Gallatin Canyon
Tara Mills

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Location: Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm
1510 Diggs Mountain Road
Arrington, VA 22922

Infinity Downs Farm is conveniently located just 35 miles south of Charlottesville and 30 miles north of Lynchburg, (it is also the site of LOCKN’ Festival). The property features outdoor amphitheaters, open fields, campgrounds, hiking, and over 7 miles of biking trails. Stay tuned for more information about outdoor activities and workshops.

Tickets, more information, and updates at www.TheFesty.com,
www.twitter.com/thefesty, www.facebook.com/thefesty, and www.instagram.com/thefestyexperience.
If you have any questions please contact us at info@theartistfarm.com or 434-220-4000.

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Flying High After Months On The Bluegrass Charts, Balsam Range’s Mountain Voodoo Wins Album Of The Year Honor at 2017 IBMA!


Asheville, NC — Balsam Range is overjoyed with the news that their most recent release, Mountain Voodoo, is named Album Of The Year at the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association’s honors and awards show!

Mountain Voodoo is the band’s sixth studio album and was released on Mountain Home Music Company [11/11/17]. Mountain Voodoo offers something that is continuing to mesmerize fans of bluegrass and beyond with elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music that are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band. It’s five distinct personalities creating one remarkable musical experience.

Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (Fiddle, Lead and Tenor Vocals), Darren Nicholson (Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Lead Vocals, Baritone and Low Tenor Vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (Banjo), Tim Surrett (Bass, Dobro, Baritone and Lead Vocals), and Caleb Smith (Guitar, Lead & Baritone Vocals). The five original members, who celebrated their 10th year together this past March, are all acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.

 

Watch the Studio Performance of “Blue Collar Dreams”
“These guys just keep getting better. How good is this one?… Aaron Bibelhauser’s ‘Blue Collar Dreams’, an anthem for working stiffs everywhere that’s been dominating the charts. The song has quite a pedigree.” —Bluegrass Today, David Morris’ Top Albums of the 2016

balsamrangemtnvoodoowallcov“No matter what your taste in bluegrass might be, every listener can find something here to like. Take a listen to ‘Blue Collar Dreams’ or ‘Eldorado Blue’ with Buddy Melton and see if you agree.”  —IBMA

“They kick the album off with a bang. Pure (what they at one time called) Newgrass, the kind of stuff on which Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs based their reputations. Acoustic guitar (mostly picked), bass, mandolin, fiddle and banjo, and voices. The voices are crucial. You can jig and reel and you can breakdown without vocals but you cannot have the best of what bluegrass offers without voices. Think Seldom Scene and Doyle Lawson. Think harmonies sung by angels. Think harmonies stacked to the ceiling. There isn’t anything like it, or as some of my friends would say, ‘There ain’t nothin’ lak it.’”  —No Depression

Mountain Voodoo parts the curtains between heaven and earth as it speaks to those that have passed in ‘Wish You Were Here’, and sees leaving making an exit with ‘Something ‘Bout That Suitcase’ as Balsam Range walk a ‘straight and narrow line’ with empty pockets in ‘Blue Collar Dreams.’” —The Alternate Root

Some of the best vocal harmonies I can recall in quite some time… Bluegrass aficionado or not, you absolutely need to hear Balsam Range.” —Elmore Magazine

“They’re groovy. Balsam Range reminds us that bluegrass can be dancing music, hip-swinging music, backbeat music, as rhythmically hypnotic as all the plugged-in genres that formed in its wake. ‘It’s hillbilly soul!’ says mandolin player Darren Nicholson.’” —The Bluegrass Situation

“Stepping over boundaries seems to be a part of Balsam Range’s DNA.” —News & Record

Get Mountain Voodoo at iTunes, Amazon, and morehttps://clg.lnk.to/3OSAZ

For more information, tour dates, and more, please visit www.balsamrange.com.

Stay up to date with current news on www.facebook.com/balsamrange, www.twitter.com/BalsamRange, and www.instagram.com/balsamrange.

 

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Suwannee Roots Revival Takes Place October 12-15, 2017

at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

Featuring:
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, The Wood Brothers, Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady, Donna the Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mother’s Finest, Jim Lauderdale, Rev. Jeff Mosier Band, Willie Sugarcapps and more!

‘Symphony of Gratitude’ to Honor Col. Bruce Hampton – Details Announced

See the full schedule www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/schedule/

LIVE OAK, FL — Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is pleased to announce Suwannee Roots Revival’s music schedule. This family friendly festival includes four days of music, camping, campground pickin’ and takes place in Live Oak, Florida October 12-15, 2017. Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, and biking.

With multiple stages (Amphitheater Stage, The Porch Stage, the Dance Stage Tent) Suwannee Roots Revival is jampacked with stellar music and dance! Workshops and performances will also be going on all day in the Music Hall and on the Music Farmer’s Stage on Friday and Saturday with a variety of performers set to play the festival.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform on the Amphitheater Stage Thursday night in between sets from Chatham County Line and The Revelers. Friday highlights Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady as well as the other end of the spectrum with Mother’s Finest, a funk rock band founded in Atlanta in the early 1970s. The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, and Willie Sugarcapps are sure to excite the crowd on Saturday which also features a special set of Guy Clark music presented by Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp.

There are multiple sets by a handful of acts throughout the weekend including Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Chatham County Line, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, Rev. Jeff Mosier Band, The Lee Boys, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, River Whyless, The Grass Is Dead, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and more!

The festival pays tribute and remembers our beloved artists who have passed on with our memorial Vassar Sunday. There will be a special late-afternoon set to honor the amazing and legendary Col. Bruce Hampton. Rev. Jeff Mosier put together the “Symphony of Gratitude” to honor Col. Bruce Hampton, who was a dear friend of and veteran performer at Spirit of Suwannee for a couple of decades.

“I’m so glad and looking forward to being a part of a group of former veteran ear soldiers and friends mostly from Col. Bruce Hampton Projects (Madrid Express, Pharaoh’s Kitchen, Quark Alliance) as we lead ourselves and the audience through a unique ‘Symphony of Gratitude’ for the influence and outfluence of the man himself.” Rev Jeff Mosier says, “Suwannee was one of his favorite places on earth to play music, and we hope in some unique way to bring about the heartfelt love that we all have for Bruce. Please join us! Many surprises assured. A definite don’t wanna miss moment.”

‘Symphony of Gratitude’ is made up of Rev. Jeff Mosier, Tyler Neal, Ian Newberry, Nick DiSebastian, Dante Harmon, Michael Smith, Kathie Holmes, Franher Josep, John Mailander, Fiddlin’ Faye Petree, Mark Chester, and Darren Stanley.

Returning to the stage on Sunday are Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, and Verlon Thompson. Nation of Two, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine also perform on Sunday and Donna the Buffalo will close out the festival and is sure to bring up some special guests!

There will also be Permaculture Action Day Workshop to kick of the festival on Thursday from 10am – 1pm called “The Low Maintenance Food Forest.” Space is limited. Sign up to participate at SuwanneeRootsRevival.com/actionday.

Signed and numbered posters with the official festival artwork (above) by Marci Davis will be available for purchase at Festival Merchandise Tent.

Tickets are on sale now online. Kids age 12 and under are invited to join for free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who buys a multi-day ticket. There are also military and student discounts available. For more information, the full schedule, and tickets, please visit www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets.

Suwannee Roots Revival Lineup
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
The Wood Brothers
Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady
Donna the Buffalo
Steep Canyon Rangers
Mother’s Finest
Chatham County Line
Jim Lauderdale
Verlon Thompson
Shawn Camp
Rev Jeff Mosier Band
Willie Sugarcapps
The Lee Boys
The Revelers
Joe Craven & The Sometimers
Seth Walker
River Whyless
Nation of Two
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
The Grass Is Dead
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Dread Clampitt
Richie & Rosie
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
The Pine Box Dwellers
Katie Skene
Belle and The Band
The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn
Quartermoon
Sloppy Joe
LPT
The Walker Family Band
The Dunehoppers
Habanero Honeys
Jeff Bradley
Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp
Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus

Further information at www.SuwanneeRootsRevival.com and the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com. Also visit us on at www.facebook.com/suwanneeroots, Twitter & Instagram: @SuwanneeRoots (#SuwanneeRoots)

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The Sound Mind Collective Presents:
Uplift! Brooklyn: A Concert Benefiting Exalt

Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Bell House
Empowering NYC’s Youth

Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia
Feat. The London Souls, The Nth Power, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party,
& Revel In Dimes


6pm Happy Hour/ 7pm Doors /  8pm Show;  $17 adv/ $20dos
A benefit for Exalt. Elevating expectations for youth.

149 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11215
www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1561756-uplift-brooklyn-concert-brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY — The Sound Mind Collective Presents: Uplift! Brooklyn: A Concert Benefiting Exalt and Empowering NYC’s Youth. The event is hosted by comedian Carolyn Castiglia and features music with The London Souls, The Nth Power, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party, & Revel In Dimes. It takes place at The Bell House on Friday, October 20th. Doors at 7pm. Please join us for an evening of engagement and musical performance to raise money for Exalt Youth NYC! Come early for a Happy Hour with complimentary beer from Lagunitas from 6pm until doors at 7pm.

exaltyouth.jpgExalt elevates expectations of personal success for youth ages 15-19 who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system. Their mission statement is, “We inspire youth at a critical crossroads to believe in their worth, from the first steps in contemplation through the journey to create lasting behavioral change. Our powerful combination of structured classes for tangible skill development, individualized support to navigate the education and justice systems, placement in paid internships and an alumni network of resources equips youth with the tools and experience to avoid further criminal justice system involvement. At exalt, we empower youth to see a future filled with hope – and we provide the road map to get there.”

static1.squarespace.com.jpgSound Mind Collective is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY founded in the Spring of 2017 by Katherine Powell (manager, The Nth Power), Chris St. Hilaire (musician, The London Souls) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (musician, Antibalas). They state, “Our aim is to connect independent musicians and artists with our local communities in order to encourage meaningful positive growth in education, social justice, and creation.”

Sound Mind Collective is also focused on providing resources for independent musicians and creators in areas of basic business management, with the greater intention of strengthening the music community in ways that are more socially conscious and self-sustaining in the face of an increasingly corporate music industry.

“Our goals rely on the development of a community,” says Nikhil, “So whether you are a Brooklyn musician, a music lover, an activist or someone simply looking to get more involved in music culture, we’d love to be in contact with you to see how we could work together and to keep you informed of upcoming events– feel free to drop us a line at thesoundmindcollective@gmail.com.

Further information about Sound Mind Collective at www.thesoundmindcollective.org and about exalt Youth at www.exaltyouth.org.

About the performers:

The London Souls
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.

The Nth Power
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

The quartet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Nevilles New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Brown’s Body perfectly compliments Singer and Guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Finally rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J Mell Smith who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.

Qaasim and the Juggernaut War Party
Enter the Juggernaut! Founded by frontman Qaasim Middleton (American Idol, Naked Brothers Band, HBO’s Music In Me, Netflix’s “The Get Down, FX “Atlanta”) Juggernaut War Party is quite a collective, consisting of Qaasim, (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Khalil (vocals, MPC), lead guitarists Jonah Hudson, Emmet Sher and Joseph Deadwiley, drummer Andres Valbuena, keyboardists Jack Gruber, Tyjhai Stephens and Francisco Haye, with Ethan Cohn and Paul Johnson on bass.

You may remember Qaasim from his awesome run on American Idol Season 14, when he performed with Chris Brown and Pitbull and was lavished with praise from J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban. However, After returning from Idol, The Juggernaut War Party concept was birthed at AFROPUNK BATTLE OF THE BANDS BROOKLYN, on June 22nd, 2015, when Qaasim and his bandmates entered the contest to showcase their skills and original Funk/Rock/HipHop/Soul fusion material. They did extremely well for a brand new group, making it to the very end, eliminated in the Finals. This year, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party came back with a vengeance! They entered the AFROPUNK BROOKLYN BATTLE once again, and won the online voting round and the preliminary round, and came back again to win Runner-ups in the finals and, thus, won a spot to perform live on stage in this year’s Afro Punk Festival!! What a feat well-deserved!! They are back with even MORE vengeance to TAKE the TITLE and win the throne of The BOTB’s with hopes of capturing a FEATURED spot, once again, on the AfroPunk Stages..but THiS TIME as WINNERS!! This group will absolutely delight you with music that will touch your heart and soul!!

Revel In Dimes
If the delta blues gave birth to yet another slew of gold records why wasn’t anyone dancing?

After each gig as hired guns in too many New York City bands, this is the question that Eric Simons (guitar) and Washington “Washy” Duke (drums) found themselves asking. Their answer involved meditating over juke rhythms from Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside and covering their tracks with electrified Charlie Patton riffs.

When Kia Warren saw them play for the first time – two guys covering T. Model Ford at full volume on a Sunday at the Surf Lodge in Montauk – their live set stopped her in her tracks. Amid the grooves, there was grittiness to their music that her roots in Gospel and R&B hadn’t yet given her the opportunity to explore. She convinced them on the spot to let her join on vocals for a few tracks, and Revel In Dimes was born.

Multi-instrumentalist Chris “Premo” Waller (bass) joined shortly after picking up an unsolicited “seeking bass player” call. A veteran of New York City’s vast underground music circuit, Waller’s experience playing everything from hardcore punk, to soul, to psychedelic rock enabled him to bring a groove to even the most frenetic jams.

Together, Revel In Dimes is a band that knows where it came from, but refuses to follow the same routes as its contemporaries to get where it’s going. And like the best blues, their music can’t be explained so much as it must be felt.

Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian known for her hilarious riffing and crowd work, wild storytelling, and her incredible ability to freestyle rap. Carolyn has appeared on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, NBC, WE TV, Lifetime, FYI, Food Network, and more. She was featured nightly as Nick Mom’s “ultimate sports mom,” and she is a frequent guest commentator on HLN.

She’s also the host and creator of the Live Talk show, Right Now! With Carolyn Castiglia, which ran at the slipper room and Union Hall in New York City, and has aired on Bric TV.

Carolyn regularly performs all over New York, at renowned venues like Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, Ars Nova, UCB, The Creek and the Cave, The Pit, The Bell House, and Littlefield, in addition to various bars and clubs. Internationally, she has performed at the comedy cafe in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fringe review publication Three Eeeks said, “Carolyn Castiglia was the funniest female comedian I’ve seen at The Fringe.”

Hy bender of Hy Reviews says, “Carolyn Castiglia is one of the sharpest, quickest, and funniest comics in NYC. If you haven’t seen Carolyn on stage, you oughta.” Before she died, comedy legend Joan Rivers called Carolyn “hysterical.” So now Carolyn can die happy, too.

Find out more and get tickets at www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1561756-uplift-brooklyn-concert-brooklyn. People can also find the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/669569393240837/.

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THE ASHEVILLE HOLIDAY HANG HITS THE ROAD
SHOWS IN THE SOUTHEAST
FEATURING:
TOWN MOUNTAIN AND AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS

The Holiday Hang is an event focused on highlighting talent from the Asheville music community, while raising awareness and donating partial proceeds to Feeding America food banks in each city

ASHEVILLE, NC — Town Mountain and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, two stellar bands from Asheville, North Carolina, are teaming up for the Asheville Holiday Hang as a run of shows in the Southeast, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. Ashvegas’ Caleb Calhoun calls them, “a match made in heaven.”

“Over the past few years, New Belgium and Town Mountain have forged a relationship that goes well beyond making great music and good beer. The partnership has been one that ties to both organizations philanthropic roots at a time of year where people need it the most, the holidays,” says New Belgium Brewing Employee Owner, Trey Wheeler. New Belgium Brewing Company will be running specials at each of the shows and adding to the financial donation to MANNA FoodBank.

Town Mountain says, “For us the holiday season seems like a great time to celebrate playing music with friends as well as giving back to the community that has supported us through the years.” The Asheville Holiday Hang originated as a holiday benefit in Asheville and is heading into its 6th year with the hometown Asheville show taking place at The Orange Peel for the first time. Both bands and The Orange Peel are teaming up and donating 20% of ticket sales from that show to MANNA FoodBank!

MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization, that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC. MANNA is an acronym and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. For 35 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks with the motto, “Together we can solve hunger.”

“MANNA is excited to partner with Town Mountain again for the fifth consecutive year. Their Holiday Hang show has become a ‘Must See’ holiday tradition for dozens of fans in our MANNA community.” Alisa Hixson, Director Corporate Engagement & Signature Events at MANNA FoodBank, says,”Their support has provided for over 6,000 meals in WNC and their desire to keep giving  back to their community epitomizes the mindset of the Asheville community. They’re a powerhouse of musicians harnessing their talent to help their neighbors, the perfect holiday story!”

Last year, Town Mountain paired with The Honeycutters and decided to bring the Holiday Hang on the road to other cities they both frequent and have grown friendships and fans in. The tradition continues this year and are excited to expand the scope of the Holiday Hang with a longer run of shows through the Southeast including Rocky Mount, Virginia, Greer and Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Not only is the event traveling to additional cities, but with the help of Feeding America (of which MANNA is a part of) the bands are donating partial proceeds from each show to a food bank from that area.

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Town Mountain and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters Family Holiday Photo 2017

Town Mountain and The Honeycutters have long been close friends and each band has a different sound to offer The Holiday Hang. Both have their own spin on what Americana is today. You’ll be sure to hear bluegrass, country, and rock influences coming from each band. As in years past there will be a jam at the end of each night where they join together in the collaborative spirit of the Asheville music scene.

 

On the surface, a joint tour between the bluegrass combo Town Mountain and the alt-country band The Honeycutters might seem like an odd fit. Town Mountain’s dizzying all-acoustic instrumental skills and tight vocal harmonies recall the great early bluegrass groups like The Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, while The Honeycutters’ rougher brand of twangy heartbreak is perfect for the honky-tonk,” says Greenville Journal’s Vincent Harris.

“We just go back a long way in the Asheville music scene; we’re friends in that way. And I think that we’re both bands with roots in more traditional forms of music. We can be put into genres, but at the same time, ‘Americana’ describes what both of us do,” Platt says in an interview with the Greenville Journal. “Obviously, Town Mountain plays bluegrass and The Honeycutters have origins in classic country, but we’re both very song-oriented. Town Mountain has three great songwriters that share the songwriting duties, and in The Honeycutters I’m all about the song.”

Asheville Holiday Hang Tour Dates
12/7 Thu – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
12/8 Fri – The Spinning Jenny – Greer, SC
12/9 Sat – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC
12/14 Thu – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
12/15 Fri – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/16 Sat – Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
12/17 Sun – The Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC

More information about Town Mountain and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
www.TownMountain.net and www.TheHoneycutters.com.

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Groove-heavy and Danceable,
Donna The Buffalo Announce Fall, NYE, and Winter
Tour!

Music Video For “Across The Way” Unveiled


This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.” —All Music Guide

ASHEVILLE, NC — Donna the Buffalo is delighted to release a music video for their original song “Across The Way” along with a slew of tour dates for this Fall and Winter! The song breathes fresh air with lyrics written by Jeb Puryear, Do you think that a smile matters… Do you think a song can change the world… If you do then let it play… All these things happen… Across the way… Do you believe in magic… I do… Every day… It’s right where you’re standing… Across the way.”

Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America for nearly thirty years, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with.

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums).

Donna the Buffalo is excited to announce their Fall and Winter upcoming tour dates. They’ll be in the NorthEast in mid-September before heading south for a few shows including a performance at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee and Deep Water Soul Fest in Hot Springs, North Carolina and their very own Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Pittsboro, North Carolina. In mid-October they return to Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in northern Florida for the Suwannee Roots Revival before returning north for shows in Binghamton and Tarrytown, New York.

In November they bring their new bus out west for shows in Fort Collins and Nederland, Colorado, then on to the Moab Folk Festival in Utah, as well as appearance at the Musical Instruments Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. They’ll travel up the coast of California for six shows including Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Mid-month on they explore the NorthWest a bit more with shows in Eugene, Seattle, Portland, and Missoula. The band returns home and has a few shows in New York State in early December, along with a show at the new Boston City Winery!

Donna the Buffalo’s New Year’s run brings them back to Florida starting off December 29 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and then two nights (Including New Year’s Eve) at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. After a day of rest on New Year’s Day, they loop through Key West, Boca Raton, Orlando, Charleston, and Saxapahaw, NC.

Their Winter tour has more to be announced and already includes shows in Washington DC, Charlottesville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Saranac Lake, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Stay tuned for more dates to be added →  www.donnathebuffalo.com/on-the-road.

Donna the Buffalo Fall / Winter Tour
9/14 Thu – Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT
9/15 Fri – New Hope Winery – New Hope, PA
9/16 Sat – Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival – Harwich, MA
9/22 Fri – Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
9/23 Sat – Deep Water Soul Fest – Hot Springs, NC
10/5-8 Thu-Sun – Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival – Pittsboro, NC
10/13-15 Fri-Sun – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL
10/20 Fri – Touch of Texas – Binghamton, NY
10/21 Sat – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
11/2 Thu –  Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
11/3 Fri – The Caribou Room – Nederland, CO
11/4 Sat – Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT
11/5 Sun – Musical Instruments Museum – Phoenix, AZ
11/8 Wed – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
11/9 Thu – Pappy and Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA
11/10 Fri – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
11/11 Sat – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
11/12 Sun – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA
11/14 Tue – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA
11/15 Wed – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
11/16 Thu – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
11/17 Fri – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
11/18 Sat – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT
12/1 Fri – Cohoes Music Hall – Cohoes, NY
12/2 Sat – City Winery – Boston, MA
12/8 Fri – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
12/9 Sat – Anthology – Rochester, NY
12/29 Fri – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra, FL
12/30-31 Sat-Sun – Skipper’s – Tampa, FL
1/2/18 Tue – Green Parrot – Key West, FL
1/3 Wed – The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL
1/4 Thu – The Social – Orlando, FL
1/5 Fri – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC
1/6 Sat – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
1/19 Fri – The Hamilton Live – Washington, DC
1/20 Sat – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
1/26 Fri – City Winery – Atlanta, GA
1/27 Sat – Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
2/8 Thu – The Waterhole – Saranac Lake, NY
2/9 Fri – Tralf Music Hall – Buffalo, NY
2/10 Sat – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA

More shows to be announced at www.donnathebuffalo.com/on-the-road

 

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Festy8-DailyLineup-square-v3-staticThe 8th Annual Festy Experience Announces Daily Schedule!
The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, The Travelin’ McCourys, and more!

Thursday-Sunday, October 5 – October 8, 2017 at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA

Full weekend and Single Day Tickets On Sale Now www.thefesty.com

Charlottesville, VA —   The 8th Annual Festy Experience takes place October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm, a 387-acre property in Arrington, Virginia (also the new home of LOCKN’ Festival) at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Festy aims to give the ultimate laid back festival experience which is fun for the entire family: camping, outdoor activities, craft food and beer, daily yoga, the 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Burn (5k/10k), and stellar music! This year’s lineup includes The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, and lots more.

The Festy Experience is thrilled to announced the daily schedule of music for the Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage and the Skyline Tent Stage, with no overlapping sets between the two stages! Head on over to the newly revamped website to check it out.

Thursday brings the full moon and sees host band The Infamous Stringdusters close out the evening out on the Skyline Tent Stage just following Beats Antique’s set on Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage. Others performing on Thursday include Danny Barnes & Nick Forster, Sierra Hull, and Gallatin Canyon.

Sam Bush Band closes out Friday night the Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage, following early evening performances by The Infamous Stringdusters and Della Mae. EmiSunshine & Friends have an afternoon set on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage and Emi is the MC host for that stage the entire weekend. Cabinet will rock out the late night set on the Skyline Tent Stage and other Friday performers on the stage include Carl Anderson and Erin Lunsford.

Saturday is packed with performances including Drive-By Truckers, Ani DiFranco, and Elephant Revival on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage. That day, Skyline Tent Stage features The Travelin McCourys, Sarah Siskind & Sunliner, Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers, and Maggie Koerner. There’s also a Kids Parade and Jam at 11:30am.

Sunday sets on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage include The Jerry Douglas Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan. The stage kicks off with the Garrettgrass Gospel Hour that morning (featuring Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters and EmiSunshine, as well as members of Shook Twins, Elephant Revival, and more.) Sunday Skyline Tent Stage performances include Shook Twins, Billy Strings, Love Canon, and Dori Freeman.

Family fun is key throughout the Festy all weekend long; along with a family camping area, there will be a large kids area, a teen zone, a kids instrument making workshop, as well as other family activities. Kids activities in the Little Planets Kids Zone will include Children’s Jams, Magic Shows, Balloon Animals & Bubble Making, Kids Drum & Didgeridoo Workshops w/ Jim Gagnon, Costume Making for the Kid’s Parade on Saturday and more!

Notably, half of the lineup consists of female artists, The Festy Experience Director Michael Allenby says, “We recognize that the previous version of the music industry is hurting and can not invest in artists and progress their careers. It is now the promoter’s job to evolve the industry and we believe that gender equality is a critical issue. Other industries often claim that gender inequality is a ‘pipeline issue’ that will take a long time to evolve; however, there’s no shortage of amazing female artists and performers. The marketing of this talent happens AT festivals… not just FOR festivals… we are challenging promoters to make social progress a priority in all aspects of large-scale community gatherings.”

Tickets are on sale now and there are plenty of options including Weekend Camping, Car Camping, Family Camping, RV (powered or non-powered options), Individual Day, and Weekend-Day Passes with addition parking fees added on depending on your needs. Kids under 12 are free and there are special rates for teens (13-17). All Weekend Access Tickets include Thursday Arrival (making it 4 days total over Columbus Day weekend). Single Day tickets are also available now. Get your tickets now a pricing increases on September 5th!

To help in sustainability efforts to eliminate all waste from single-use plastic cups, every All Weekend ticket comes with a free commemorative steel pint cup from The Festy’s Partner, Klean Kanteen, which they can use for free water from filling stations placed throughout site as well as beer purchases.

Lodging Upgrades are also available offering all the fun, with none of the hassle. See the website for more information on The High Country Village and The Show Sherpa packages which range from reserving an RV or Yurt (along with other perks including power, showers, flushable toilets, morning coffee, and more) to having a campsite set up and ready to go for you to on site.

Thursday is “Free Nelson County Day.” Stay tuned for information on how Nelson County residents can pick up tickets.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@theartistfarm.com or 434-220-4000.
More information can also be found at www.thefesty.com.

The Festy Experience ~ Full 2017 Lineup:
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ani DiFranco
Drive-By Truckers
Elephant Revival
Sam Bush Band
Beats Antique
The Jerry Douglas Band
Joan Osborne
The Travelin’ McCourys
Sierra Hull
Danny Barnes & Nick Forster
EmiSunshine
Garrettgrass Gospel Hour
Della Mae
Cabinet
Shook Twins
Billy Strings
Sarah Siskind & Sunliner
Carl Anderson
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
Love Canon
Maggie Koerner
Dori Freeman
Erin Lunsford
Gallatin Canyon
Tara Mills

Location: Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm
1510 Diggs Mountain Road
Arrington, VA 22922

Infinity Downs Farm is conveniently located just 35 miles south of Charlottesville and 30 miles north of Lynchburg, (it is also the site of LOCKN’ Festival). The property features outdoor amphitheaters, open fields, campgrounds, hiking, and over 7 miles of biking trails. Stay tuned for more information about outdoor activities and workshops.

Tickets, more information, and updates at www.TheFesty.com,
www.twitter.com/thefesty, www.facebook.com/thefesty, and www.instagram.com/thefestyexperience