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Joined: Jun 9 2007
The Festy Experience

This festival may not technically fit the category because for one its in the fall and second this is the first ever so I can't recommend it based on past experience. This is a festival scheduled for Oct. 9 & 10, the Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. It is being held on the grounds of a small microbrewery in Nelson County, VA. I hear its very near Wintergreen Resort. This is a very beautiful area in the Blue Ridge mountains. The festival headliners are the Infamous Stringdusters. Others on the bill are Railroad Earth, the Tony Rice Unit, Toubab Krewe, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge (Larry has done some touring with Keller Williams) and Old School Freight Train, an excellent progressive bluegrass band from the Charlottesville, VA area. David Grisman has produced one of their CDs and I think they have toured with him. There are numerous other bands as well. I bought my tickets today and they were a very reasonable $54 for a 2 day pass with camping. I think that increases to $64 in about a week. Still a quite reasonable price! I'm looking forward to this one as I know the area is beautiful, they're featuring beers from several very good microbreweries in central VA and they have some excellent bands! Guess it could be a disappointment, but I doubt it! If you want more info I think the website is

Joined: Jul 23 2010
Bob, Bill and Mickey Headline Jam Cruise 2011

Flip flops, warm weather and I get to hang with 30+ musicians for 5 days - can't wait until January!

Info: Jam Cruise 9 sets sail on January 4th and cruises through January 9th, 2011 on the beautiful Italian ship; MSC Poesia. It leaves from Ft Lauderdale’s Port Everglades and heads to Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico. Space is limited!
Full details -

Artsits: Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children
The Rhythm Devils feat. Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
The Greyboy Allstars
God Street Wine
Stockholm Syndrome
JoJo's Mardi Gras Band
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Easy Star All-Stars
Garage A Trois
The New Mastersounds
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Anders Osborne featuring sets with Stanton Moore & Robert Walter and with George Porter, Jr & Johnny Vidacovich
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Some Cat From Japan featuring Ron Johnson, Will Bernard, Scott Metzger, Eric Bolivar & Nigel Hall performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Greensky Bluegrass
Big Gigantic
Zach Deputy
The Pimps Of Joytime
Maceo Parker Super Jam

Special Guests:
Leo Nocentelli
Fred Wesley
Col. Bruce Hampton
Jennifer Hartswick
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Joel Cummins from Umphrey’s McGee
The Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler

TigerLilly's picture
Joined: Jul 2 2007

I don't know yet whether this will be a good fest or not, but it takes place a 30 seconds walk from my front door, is free, and yeah well look at the one image they used on the page :-)
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity -- another man's I mean.
Mark Twain

JackstrawfromColorado's picture
Joined: Jan 2 2009

Damn I'm jealous! How was WP? I am so excited they are coming back to red rocks this year - 3 nights. Also excited about 2 nights of David Grisman Bluegrass Experience in July. To top it off I am surprising my wife with tix to Rush at red rocks. Supposedly they are playing the entire Moving Pictures album. Let's just say I about maxed out the old credit card this weekend :-) Just really hoping I get a chance to see Furthur again this summer... come on guys there are plenty of slots available at RR! Hurry, they fill up fast... please!! I'll go ahead and book you for 3 nights - how about over a weekend in August ;-) (I wish I had that power!!)

"Here's my half a dollar if you dare .. double twist when you hit the air. Look at Julie down below .. the levee doing the dopaso"

Canyon Critter's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2008

All I can say is that a bunch of us Dead.netters just went to see ABB and Scaring the Children at Wanee in Florida......WOW, what a nice place that was, I was very impressed with the whole staging and set up of this huge music park at the Spirit of the Sawanee River......HINT HINT HINT...All Deadhead Family....We could have a SERIOUSLY good time at that place if it was ALL Dead!

What a blast.
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

JackstrawfromColorado's picture
Joined: Jan 2 2009

I like that! :-)

"Here's my half a dollar if you dare .. double twist when you hit the air. Look at Julie down below .. the levee doing the dopaso"

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
as I recall

we've got an actual topic for the Oregon Country Fair. It seems to have made quite the impression.

HSB features an incredible lineup every year. I don't go because my days of crowd scenes in Golden Gate Park are behind me, but for the younger and less stamina impaired I heartily recommend it.

Brooklyn Peach's picture
Joined: Jun 20 2008
Oregon Country Fair

By far the most special summer festival I have ever been to is the Oregon Country Fair, near Eugene, second weekend in July. Currently we love the Mateel Community Center's Summer Arts Festival at Benbow Lake in Humboldt County,and the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival in Laytonville, both super mellow, laid back events. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is free and great every October in Golden Gate Park if you don't mind hanging out with about half a million people in a really stiff sea breeze. Any free concert in Golden Gate Park is great fun. An event that draws a slightly different crowd is the Redwood Run in Piercy. If you can stand the sound of bikes, the sight of bikers and the smell of exhaust, the Rewood Run is a great party though, sadly, their musical line-up has been somewhat lacking in the last couple of years.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
what's been the problem at the Ledges?

predatory law enforcement? creepy people?

Utilitron's picture
Joined: Apr 14 2010
I've been to grateful fest

I've been to grateful fest for the last several years, (as well as a variety of other festivals- all good, rothbury, GOTV, 10,000 Lakes, etc.) and as much as I *love* NLQP, it seems as though events there have gone down the tube in the last few years. It's depressing. I'm currently looking for the new "hotspot" in the region, and have heard good things about Terrapin Hill. Any reviews on the scene there or suggestions as far as other venues in the midwest that are more chilled out than the ledges have been for the last few years? The paranoia at the Ledges has really got the best of me, and in the last few years I've had little desire to attend shows at the Ledges due to these concerns.
suggestions appreciated!!
"A foolish heart will call on you
To toss your dreams away
Then turn around and blame you
For the way you went astray
A foolish heart will cost you sleep
And often make you curse
A selfish heart is troubl


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