Schedule of Events

Check out the 2018 schedule, Schedule may be subject to change as we add more cool activities and descriptions.

Monday June 25, 2018

The park is closed to all campers on Monday June 19 only. Park will let people into the Festival starting at 9 am Tuesday morning.

Tuesday June 26

9 am Park opens The Park will begin letting people into the Festival starting at 9 am Tuesday morning.

9:00-10:00 – River & Roots Music Camp– Arrival, whole group activity.Introductions: form small groups, share whole-group tune, (everyone will play together by the end of camp.)

10:00-12:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Split into small groups (beginner fiddle, intermediate/advanced fiddle, adult musicians, banjo)

12:00-1:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Break (Lunch, optional activity for kids, i.e. game, playground, hang at river, craft, etc.)

2:00-3:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Rejoin large group for tune share/ whole group songs.

Wednesday June 27

9:00-10:00 – River & Roots Music Camp– Arrival, whole group activity.Introductions: form small groups, share whole-group tune, (everyone will play together by the end of camp.)

10:00-12:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Split into small groups (beginner fiddle, intermediate/advanced fiddle, adult musicians, banjo)

12:00-1:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Break (Lunch, optional activity for kids, i.e. game, playground, hang at river, craft, etc.)

2:00-3:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Rejoin large group for tune share/ whole group songs.

Thursday June 28

9:00-10:00 – River & Roots Music Camp– Arrival, whole group activity.Introductions: form small groups, share whole-group tune, (everyone will play together by the end of camp.)

10:00-12:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Split into small groups (beginner fiddle, intermediate/advanced fiddle, adult musicians, banjo)

12:00-1:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Break (Lunch, optional activity for kids, i.e. game, playground, hang at river, craft, etc.)

2:00-3:00 – River & Roots Music Camp-Rejoin large group for tune share/ whole group songs. 


Friday June 29th

 

9:00-9:30  River & Roots Music Camp-Answer questions from previous day, practice group tune.
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1:00-12:00  River & Roots Music Camp-Separate into small groups. (beginner fiddle, intermediate/advanced fiddle, adult musicians, banjo.) Groups are flexible, so campers can find the group that fits their needs.
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12:00-1:00  River & Roots Music Camp-Lunch break and goodbye performance on stage for friends and family!
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1-1:45  Farmers Market Dance Tent: Food by Chilly Hollow Farms and Edgegrove Farms. Stock up on all the veggies and meats you need for grilling by the campfire at the Fest. and get to know your local Farmer. Music by Blue Ridge Avalanche
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2:00-2:45  Split String Soup -Dance Tent: Hailing from the darkest hollows of Northern Virginia, Split String is a veritable Soup of musical influences all mixed together with a side of bacon.
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3:00-3:45  Town Mountain -Dance Tent:ASHEVILLE, NC — Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival.
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4:00-5:30  Gina Clowes Project– Main Stage: Gina Clowes’ innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting, although based in traditional music modalities, breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that’s influenced by emotion, is played with the highest skill, and expresses an enormous verve and vitality.
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5:30-6:00  Blue Ridge Avalanche – Riverside Stage: Blue Ridge Avalanche plays a variety of acoustic swing music including their own originals compositions. Engaging mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo and harmonica, these musicians span new grass, swing, blues, and rock into an entertaining mix.
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6:00-7:00  Cedric Watson – Main Stage: One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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7:00-7:15  Split String Soup– River Side Stage:Description coming soon.
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7:15-8:30 Town Mountain– Main Stage: ASHEVILLE, NC — Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. 
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8:30-9:00  Short Hill Mountain Boys–  River Side Stage: Old Time and Bluegrass from Lovettsville Va. John Bestwick, vocals & guitar
Sam Kroiz, vocals & fiddle

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9:00-10:30  The Bumper Jacksons– Main Stage: Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style.
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10:30-Midnight  Woodshedders w/ Special Guest Cedric Watson– Dance Tent: “The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, dance-able shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds.” Come celebrate as Cedric Watson joins the party
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Saturday June 30

 

10:45-11:45 am- Yoga with Anna Billman  TBC – Main Stage Area, near the river –  Take the opportunity to connect with breath, body, mind, and each other. All levels Hatha (physical) practice will include some awakening stretches, connecting breath to movement, and a creative flowing sequence, finishing with relaxation.
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11:45 am-12:45  Kids Talent Show Dance/workshop tent: Come show off your talent at the third annual Kids Talent Showcase at River and Roots. Singers and instrumentalists can enter this friendly competition in the 0-7 or 8-14 age brackets. Groups and duos can also enter in our Kid’s Band category. The top performer(s) in each category will win a Shepherd’s Ford Talent Contest Medal, and all participants receive a custom sticker and plenty of bragging rights! Start practicing your talent now and sign up to participate when you get to the festival.
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1:00-1:45  Danny Knicely and Radim Zenkl– Dance Tent: Together, Radim and Danny perform music crossing the tracks of folk, jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy, Irish, and classical music, combined with Czech and eastern European traditional songs and instrumentals.
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1:30-2:30  Dave Curley and Andrew Finn Magill– Riverside Stage: Dave Curley is one of Ireland’s leading multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and a champion step dancer, is joined by multi-instrumentalist, All-Ireland fiddle finalist and Ropeadope Recording artist Andrew “Finn the fiddler” Magill
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2:00-3:00  Annie’s Kids activities -Concert area: bubbles and ice- children of all ages
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2:30–3:30  The Keel Brothers– Dance tent: It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument. The Keel Brothers consider that their music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes, drawing on selections from the earliest Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Classic Country Gentlemen, and fiddle and flatpicking tunes that were always part of Keel family “jam sessions”.
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2:30-3:30  Danny Knicely and Radim Zenkl– main stage: Together, Radim and Danny perform music crossing the tracks of folk, jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy, Irish, and classical music, combined with Czech and eastern European traditional songs and instrumentals.
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3:30-4:00  Brandy Station – River Side Stage: Band Members: Mark Wren, Josh Ungar, Rich Hinmann and Joanna Smith play bluegrass in the Old and in the Way tradition. From Remington, VA.
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4:00-4:30   Parachute Fun! in the vendor/concert area TBC. Kids, Come play parachute games with us! With help from a huge, brilliantly colorful parachute, this activity gives your children a chance to laugh and play with other festival goers. Fun for kids of all ages (parents are welcome to join in)!
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4:00 – 5:00  Furnace Mountain– Riverside Stage: Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals.
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5:00 – 5:30  Cedric Watson– Riverside Stage: One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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5:30 – 6:45  Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius– Main Stage: Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize.
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6:45 – 7:15  Cedric Watson– Riverside Stage: One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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7:15-8:30 The Keel Brothers– Main Stage:It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument. The Keel Brothers consider that their music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes, drawing on selections from the earliest Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Classic Country Gentlemen, and fiddle and flatpicking tunes that were always part of Keel family “jam sessions”.
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8:30 – 9:00  Cedric Watson– Riverside Stage: One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.
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9:00-10:30  The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band– Main Stage: “Peter Rowan’s Carter Stanley’s Eyes” The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience. Joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Keith Little, banjo; Paul Knight, bass; Chris Henry, mandolin; and Blaine Sprouse, fiddle. 
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10:30-Midnight  The Ron Holloway Band– Dance Tent stage: Ronald Edward “Ron” Holloway (born August 24, 1953) is an American tenor saxophonist. He is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz where veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler described Holloway as a “Hard bear-down-hard-bopper who can blow authentic R&B and croon a ballad with warm, blue feeling.”
Holloway is the recipient of 42 Washington Area Music Awards, or Wammies, two of which he received as musician of the year.
He has worked with Susan Tedeschi,[3][4] Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Scott-Heron and Root Boy Slim. He is a member of the Warren Haynes Band and leader of the Ron Holloway Band.
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Sunday July 1

1-2 Old-time music jam with Fiddlin’ Dave Van Deventer down by the river. Enjoy the post Festival Jam or go fishing or swiming.
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10:45 am Yoga with Anna Billman down by the river. Enjoy the post Festival Yoga by the Riverside in the main performance area.

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