The 2nd annual Festy Experience will take place October 7th – 9th, 2011 at the Concert Grounds at Devils Backbone in Nelson County, VA. Curated by bluegrass-bending group The Infamous Stringdusters, The Festy revolves around the essential festival elements of good music, local sustenance, and the great outdoors. A confirmed lineup is listed below and tickets are currently on sale. More bands and activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
"The Stringdusters are practically obsessed with festivals," admits Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters. "We learned to play at festivals, we met at festivals, and we love the community created by festivals. The Festy Experience is amazing music, local food and libations, and a legit outdoor lifestyle experience. It’s our ideal weekend; a good hang and an awesome party in a beautiful place."
Of course live music is an integral part to The Festy Experience. Despite The Infamous Stringdusters forming numerous connections to the “bluegrass” world, The Festy does not strictly feature bluegrass talent. Instead, The Stringdusters invited the diverse bands and musicians they’ve met on the road and at other festivals. Featured performers include Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Brett Dennen, Jim Lauderdale,Emmit-Nershi Band, Toubab Krewe, The Wood Brothers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and more.
Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and only a short distance from the historical Appalachian Trail, The Festy provides a premiere location for camping and outdoor enthusiasts. Just up the road from the Concert Grounds (and accessible by shuttle for spectators), the Virginia Off-Road Series will host the Devils Backbone Challenge mountain bike race. Trail blazers can take part in the Blue Ridge Burn 5k/10k run hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors, and nature lovers of all levels are encouraged to hike mountain trails, and participate in yoga classes.
The Festy has also taken major strides to provide exceptional and sustainable food options for their attendees. Community partners The Rock Barn, Devils Backbone Brewery and Java Depot offer on-site dining and sustenance options. Locally brewed beer is supplied by Star Hill and Devils Backbone breweries and select wines will be available from Nelson County Vineyards.
A limited quantity of weekend festival tickets including camping are available for $99 and currently on sale through The Festy website at www.thefesty.com. Day passes will not be sold if the festival sells out in advance.
WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 2011
WHERE: 200 MOSBYS RUN, ROSELAND, VA 22967 / (JUST 1 HOUR SW OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA)
PRICES: $99 3-DAY PASS WITH CAMPING ($39 FOR AN RV PASS)
CONFIRMED ARTISTS INCLUDE: THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS + RAILROAD EARTH + DAVID GRISMAN SEXTET + BRETT DENNEN + JIM LAUDERDALE + EMMITT-NERSHI BAND + TOUBAB KREWE + THE WOOD BROTHERS + LARRY KEEL & NATURAL BRIDGE + GIANT PANDA GUERRILLA DUB SQUAD + SARAH SISKIND + RUBBLEBUCKET + THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND + THE NEW FAMILIARS + LOVE CANON + LAKE STREET DRIVE + MORWENNA LASKO & JAY PUN QUARTET + TREES ON FIRE + THE GOOD LOVELIES + CARL ANDERSON