The 2nd Annual Festy Experience at the Devil’s Backbone Concert Grounds

Posted on October 6, 2011 by


The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up and go into premature hibernation!  Enjoy the one of the last warm weekends of the year at The Festy Experience, held for the second year in a row at the Devil’s Backbone Concert Grounds in Nelson County.  So much more than a music festival, the three-day event will also offer camping, a bike race and 5K/10K trail run, tons of family-friendly daytime activities, songwriting workshops, local vendors, and of course, great beer!  Festival hosts, The Infamous Stringdusters, will join Brett Dennen, Railroad Earth, and the David Grisman Sextet to headline the festival, but don’t let that deter you from checking out the remaining 20+ artists performing on two stages all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Some highlights you can’t afford to miss:

Love Canon puts a bluegrass spin on 80’s hits.  If you like dancing, get on out to the Southern Stage on Friday night!

Recently named one of Boston’s hottest new bands, The David Wax Museum “infuses Mexican son into its literary countrified folk rock.”  They play festivals year round and know how to get crowds on their feet.  They’ll be playing late night on Saturday inside the brewery.

Charlottesville-based singer-songwriter Carl Anderson will be making a rare appearance with a full band, playing songs off his brand new record (to be released this month).  He’ll be on the main stage Sunday afternoon.

The headliners are an obvious choice, but also check out Sarah White and the Pearls, Red Rattles, and others as they show their stuff this weekend!

Tickets will be available at the gate, but buy your tickets online before you go and you’ll save a few bucks for food or beer.  If camping is not your style, day passes can be purchased at the gate as well.

If this sounds up your alley, be sure to check out the festival’s website for information regarding ticketing, hours, band lineup (and schedule), directions, parking, and general rules for the festival grounds (e.g. no glass bottles!!).

Photo by Tom Daly

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