Schedule of Events

Check out the 2017 schedule, Schedule may be subject to change as we add more cool activities and descriptions.

Monday June 19 2017

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 20

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

1-3 pm Fiddle Camp all ages and levels. More info .

Wednesday June 21

1-3 pm Fiddle Camp all ages and levels, more info.

Thursday June 22

1-3 pm Fiddle Camp all ages and levels. more Info

Friday June 23rd

 

11:30-12:30 am Annie’s Kids activities Concert area: Paper-making- children of all ages can come learn how to make paper using recycled materials. Come join Annie any time during the hour to make your own piece or paper. Anyone can learn and everyone can have fun! -Water experiments- Water is amazing. We celebrate the beauty and fun of water at River and Roots. Come to the kids tent for some discovery and experiments all based on water and amusement.


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Noon-4  Environmental activities and info. Main stage area, near the river: Come visit our environmental sponsors and learn about ways to protect and enjoy the river.

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1-2 Fiddle Camp Campground more info.


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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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2-2:45 Buds Collective Dance Tent: Bud’s Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own.  


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3:00-4:00 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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3:00-4:00 Chip Schutte All Star Teachers Jam Main Stage: Featuring Ralph Gordon, Danny Knicely, Mary Flower, Jamie Stillway, Rob Soper and Matt Munisteri
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4:30-5:30 The Plate Scrapers  Main Stage: The Plate Scrapers are serving up their own flavor of bluegrass by way of a winding wormhole through folk, jazz, and heavy metal dimensions.


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5:30-6:00 Plumbcrazy  River Side Stage


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6:00-7:00 Buds Collective Main Stage: Bud’s Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own.


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7:00-7:30  Split String Soup  River Side Stag: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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7:30-8:30  Sherman Holmes Main Stage: Sherman is the eldest Holmes Brother and vocalist, bassist, and pianist, has continued the Holmes Brothers’ tradition of giving of his musical and spiritual talents; and exploring the musical landscape. Sherman will be joined by members of the Ingramettes, Jared Pool and Fiddlin’ Dave.


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8:30-9:00 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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9:00-10:30 Woodshedders Main stage: “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.” 


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10:30- Midnight- Black Masala Dance tent: DC’s gypsy punk brass band hone their sound, while injecting it with a healthy dose of funk, soul and eclectic grooves.                                                                                                          – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Saturday June 24th

10:45-11:45 am- Yoga with Anna Billman  – 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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noon-1  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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Noon-4  Environmental activities and info. Main stage area, near the river: Come visit our environmental sponsors and learn about ways to protect and enjoy the river.

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1:15-2:15  Crankies with Corn Potato Dance Tent: Join the Corn Potato String Band as the demonstrate the art of Crankies. This show will be great for kids. A group of four cranky shows with brief introductions. The shows are hand painted paper scrolls that either tell a story or have musical accompaniment of some kind. The shows are: “Everything in moderation, all at once,” a seemingly endless chain of stream of consciousness drawings accompanied by an improvised vocal cacophony; “Rattlesnake Mountain,” an illustrated Ozark folk song; “Surprise Surprise, you haven’t seen everything yet,” a comical cartoon series with musical accompaniment; and “Factory Sacrifice,” an illustrated poem by Milwaukee’s former poet laureate performed to Prokofiev.


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2:30–3:30  The Ingramettes  Dance tent: The Ingramettes have been bringing their music and ministry to congregations in the Tidewater and Piedmont. Their commanding, spirit-filled performances demonstrate the extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music.


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3:00-4:00  Kipyn Martin main stage: Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River.  Kipyn received the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMMIE) Award for New Artist of the Year


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4:00–4:45 We Banjo 3 in the Dance tent: 2016 Billboard World #1 artists. Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots.


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4:00-4:30   Parachute Fun! in the vendor/concert area. 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 – 4:30  By & By Riverside Stage: In 2011, By & By took first place in the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition, and in 2012 they took second in the Watermelon Park Band Competition.

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4:30 – 5:30  Corn Potato String Band Main Stage: In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.


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5:30-6:00 Kipyn Martin Riverside stage: Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Kipyn received the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMMIE) Award for New Artist of the Year


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6:00-7:00  Furnace Mountain Main 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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7:00-7:15  Dinner Announcements Riverside stage:


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7:15—8:30   Michael Daves & Friends feat. Tony Trischka & Brittany Haas Main Stage: World class Bluegrass and old-time music by three masters of their instruments. 


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8:30—9:00   Corn Potato String Band Riverside Stage Stage: In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.


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9:00- 10:30  We Banjo 3 Main Stage: 2016 Billboard World #1 artists. Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots.


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10:45- Midnight The Woodshedders  Dance tent: “The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds.”


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Sunday June 25th

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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