The Infamous StringdustersÂ have announcedÂ the lineup for the fourth installment of their annual Festy Experience. JJ Grey & Mofro, The John Scofield Uberjam Band, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Aoife Oâ€™Donovan, Marco Benevento, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Lake Street Dive, Della Mae, David Wax Museum, Nathan Moore & Bryan Elijah Smith and others join Grammy-nominated The Infamous Stringdusters for the 2013 event on October 10-13.
Hailed for being a truly unique celebration of music and outdoor living, The Festy continues to carve a unique and growing niche for itself. Hosted each year on the Concert Ground at Devils Backbone Brewing Company (a locally renowned brewery and full service restaurant), The Festyâ€™s vision as an earthy fall-flavored Experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains comes to fruition in this idyllic, intimate natural setting near the bandâ€™s home base of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Onsite camping experiences range from Reserved Car Camping to Family and Quiet Camping, and there are bed and breakfasts, inns and rental options nearby for those seeking a less rustic approach. Among the three stages is the Workshop Stage, which hosts interactive experiences centered on the pillars of The Festy: Music, Outdoor Living, and Local Sustenance.
For tickets and information regarding The Festy Experience visit www.thefesty.com.
Full Festy Line-Up:
Infamous Stringdusters, JJ Grey & Mofro, The John Scofield Uberjam Band, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Aoife Oâ€™Donovan, Marco Benevento, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Lake Street Dive, Della Mae, David Wax Museum, Nathan Moore & Bryan Elijah Smith, Cabinet, Chris Jones Band, Joy Kills Sorrw, New Country Rehab, Jon Stickley Trio, The Hill &Wood, The Fire Tapes, SoundRabbit, Dante Bucci, Grits-n-Gravy, and others to be announced.
The Infamous Stringdustersâ€™ constant, relentless, revelatory musical evolution â€“ is released on October 16, 2012 in a very special Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition. Delivered by SCI Fidelity and the bandâ€™s own High Country label, Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition includes a previously unreleased bonus track, â€œHeâ€™s Gone,â€ and the bonus live album, Weâ€™ll Do It Live.
Fresh off a huge summer with festival plays at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, DelFest, RockyGrass and many others, now The Infamous Stringdusters gear up for a fall tour in support of Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition. But first, the bandâ€™s beloved festival, simply dubbed The Festy, celebrates its third year in the secluded hills of Nelson County, VA – with stellar music, flagship outdoor events, tasty local food, and more. Check out the Honest Tune video coverage from last year’s event, HERE — and exclusive acoustic performance footage below.
Working with an unlikely studio partner â€“ hip-hop producer Billy Hume (Ludacris, Nas) â€“ Silver Sky (first released in March of this year) finds The Infamous Stringdustersâ€™ powerful rhythms and vocal melodies at the forefront of the music. Paired with Weâ€™ll Do It Live â€“ a seamless live recording culled from four epic 2011 performances – Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition eloquently demonstrates a band whose artistic voice has fully emerged, and offers a riveting glimpse of just how, and where, The Infamous Stringdusters are leading the bluegrass revolution. Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition is available exclusively at independent retail stores throughout the country, with Silver Sky (without the bonus track) and Weâ€™ll Do It Live available separately online, and on vinyl at retail stores only.
Before the release of Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition, the 2012 installment of The Festy Experience, the annual gathering in Nelson County, Virginia hosted and curated by The Infamous Stringdusters, takes place October 5-7, 2012. More than a music festival, the band emphasizes the â€œexperienceâ€ aspect with a celebration of outdoor living in an idyllic, consciously intimate natural setting near Charlottesville. Nestled on the private Concert Ground at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the renowned brewery and full service restaurant serves up food and international award winning microbrews throughout the festival. In addition to the Dusters, the lineup for this yearâ€™s Festy includes Trampled By Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Keller & The Keels, Rubblebucket, Lake Street Dive, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Elephant Revival, and 17 others. For certain, a handcrafted, eye-to-the-details philosophy infuses The Festy Experience, from the carefully chosen lineup of road seasoned kindred spirits to the locally sourced food to outdoor activities like the Blue Ridge Burn, a 5k/10k trail race that winds up old logging roads. More information and tickets available at www.thefesty.com.
After The Festy, The Infamous Stringdustersâ€™ Fall Tour kicks off on the October 16 release date of Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition, at Brooklyn Bowl. Hosted during the CMJ Music Marathon, in partnership with fellow independent music advocates PledgeMusic, Tunecore, and Relix Magazine, the show promises to launch the bandâ€™s fall season with a bang. The tour continues on for over 20 dates, winding through parts of the east coast and Midwest, before jumping to the west coast, then wrapping up in the Rocky Mountains in mid-November. In December, the band heads to the Mayan Riviera for Cloud 9 Adventuresâ€™ inaugural Strings & Sol. The complete list of confirmed tour dates is included below.
The Infamous Stringdusters are heirs to the transgressive tradition of bluegrass. The band, who recently relocated from Nashville, TN to their new home in Charlottesville, VA, has been quietly amassing a huge and loyal following of fans for seven years. Meanwhile, their exciting impact on the changing face of bluegrass was noticed right out of the gate; the bandâ€™s debut album Fork in the Road (2007, Sugar Hill) garnered attention from The International Bluegrass Music Association, who awarded the Stringdusters three major prizes: for song, emerging artist and album of the year.
For certain, The Infamous Stringdusters have spent â€œa good stretch of timeâ€¦learning their craft and woodshedding their musical chopsâ€ (Lexington Herald). But aside from their stunning musicianship, the musical style that has resulted is how this band is making their mark on music history. â€œSomehow familiar and timeless, [The Infamous Stringdusters] propel the legacy of bluegrass and string band music into the future with a stunning blend of musical virtuosity and fresh energyâ€ (Telluride Inside). This is High Country music. This is The Infamous Stringdusters.
The Infamous Stringdusters on Tour:
Thursday, September 6 Â â˜¼Â Â Austin TX
Friday, September 7 Â Â â˜¼Â Â Dallas TX
Saturday, September 8 Â Â â˜¼ Â Â Houston TX
Friday, September 21 Â Â â˜¼ Â North Adams MA
Sunday, September 23 Â â˜¼ Â Life Is Good Festival – Canton MA
Tuesday, October 16 Â Â â˜¼ Â Â Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, October 18 Â Â â˜¼ Â Â Portland ME
Friday, October 19Â Â â˜¼Â South Burlington VT
Saturday, October 20Â Â â˜¼Â Ithaca NY
Tuesday, October 23Â Â â˜¼Â Ann Arbor MI
Wednesday, October 24Â Â â˜¼Â Kalamazoo MI
Friday, October 26Â â˜¼Â Madison WI
Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, October 28 Hangtown Halloween Ball Placerville CA
Tuesday, October 30 Â Â â˜¼ Â Â Bozeman MT
Wednesday, October 31 Â â˜¼Â Â Missoula MT
Thursday, November 1Â Â â˜¼Â Â Enterprise OR
Friday, November 2Â Â â˜¼Â Â Bend OR
Saturday, November 3Â Â â˜¼Â Â Portland OR
Sunday, November 4Â Â â˜¼Â Â Arcata CA
Monday, November 5Â Â â˜¼Â Â Chico CA
Thursday, November 8Â Â â˜¼Â Â Salt Lake City UT
Friday, November 9Â Â â˜¼Â Â Fort Collins CO
Saturday, November 10 Â Â â˜¼Â Denver CO
Tuesday, November 13Â Â â˜¼Â Â Lawrence KS
Wednesday, November 14Â Â â˜¼Â Â St. Louis MO
Thursday, November 15Â Â â˜¼ Â Columbus OH
Friday, November 16Â Â â˜¼Â Â Roanoke VA
Saturday, November 17Â Â â˜¼Â Â Carrboro NC
Wednesday, December 12 – Sunday, December 16 Strings & Sol Festival – Dreams Resort Tulum Tulum, Quintana Roo Mexico
Several weeks ago, we presented a two-part series consisting of exclusive acoustic performances recorded while onsite at The Festy Experience. After doing so, we quickly realized that we not only had a copious amount of content remaining, but that we had yet to do the splendid event the true justice that it deserves.
After a long summer of events — some large, some small — The Festy Experience turned out to be something that was beyond imagination. In turn, it was the perfect way to “close out” a busy summer festival season.
From location to weather, lineup, activities and overall vibe, the event truly was “an experience.” As we noted in an earlier segment, it was akin to stumbling upon a diamond in the rough.Â
In our attempt to provide the blissful weekend its due representation, we present Photos, Outtakes, Interviews and On The Scene at The Festy Experience with The Wood Brothers, Brett Dennen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Larry Keel, Sarah Siskind and Emmitt-Nershi Band.
Outtakes, Interviews and On The Scene at The Festy
Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from The Festy by David Shehi…