Red Wing Roots Music Festival - Mt. Solon, VA - July 11, 12, 13

After a successful inaugural edition of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, the festival has announced the full lineup for this year’s follow-up, which will take place at Augusta County, VA’s Natural Chimneys Park on July 11-13, 2014. Curated by up-and-coming Blue Ridge-based Americana band The Steel Wheels, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival II will feature such stars of the roots music scene as Hayes Carll, Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, and many more.

“Since the festival was new last year, no one knew what to expect,” said Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels, who founded the festival in order to bring a celebration of roots music to the Shenandoah Valley. “When it was such a rousing success, the bar was set very high. We believe festival goers will be even more delighted this year.”

This year’s festival will feature 40 bands performing on 4 stages over the course of three days, all taking place before the scenic backdrop provided by Natural Chimneys Park. Festival attendees will be encouraged to take advantage of their proximity to the surrounding environment, with organized bicycle rides provided by the Shenandoah Bicycle Coalition, as well as swimming, hiking, and other available outdoor activities. In pursuit of environmental awareness, the festival is encouraging attendees to bring reusable beverage containers–and in a nice change from typical festival policies, water will be made available for free.

And of course, there is the music–the real reason you’ll want to be there. As well as a set from The Steel Wheels (of course), fans can look forward to some major talents of the roots music scene. Trampled By Turtles are perhaps the most noteworthy inclusion–this percussion-less string band are deeply rooted in old-time sounds, but bring a punk-ish modern sensibility to their music, which can most clearly be seen on their cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind,” from recent album Live At First Avenue:

That’s just the beginning, though. The Devil Makes Three certainly grab attention with their name, and their music keeps that attention by mixing together a variety of genres (blues, jazz, mountain country, and worldwide folk traditions, to name a few) to form a unique melange. Hayes Carll is a honky-tonk troubadour who got his start putting out his own records, but managed to get signed to Lost Highway after his self-released album Little Rock hit the top of the Americana charts in 2005. Carll’s entertaining onstage hijinks make his sets well worth catching, as can be seen from this 2011 performance of “One Bed, Two Girls, Three Bottles Of Wine”:

Other headliners will include multi-instrumentalist and “newgrass prodigy” (Mojo Magazine) Sarah Jarosz, Nashville notables Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band, and country blues/western swing revivalist Pokey LaFarge. There’ll be plenty of great Virginia artists on the bill as well. Local legends The Hackensaw Boys will be bringing their juiced-up bluegrass sounds to the stage, and we can also expect a performance from previous RVA Mag profile subjects James Justin & Co, as well as Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts, The Judy Chops, and other great VA-based performers.

And there’s plenty more where all that came from, so head on over to to see the full slate of artists scheduled to perform this year. Tickets for this festival will be limited to 3000, so you’re best advised to order now, especially since 3-day passes for adults are currently priced at only $129–and, in a family friendly gesture, tickets for teenagers are only $39, while children 12 and under get in free! Order tickets now by going to

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  • meg

    A great weekend of terrific music. Well organized Festival.

    1 · July 13

  • meg

    this was just sent to me on my redwings e-mail about the available campground -
    Got Camping?

    Spotlight on Stokesville Campground

    Stokesville Campground is a hidden delight for RV or tent campers. Located just 4 miles down the road from the Festival, with free shuttles running every 20 minutes, you'll find this festival-only campground to offer the perfect blend of festival energy and great access to outdoor adventure. From breathtaking views, to hiking and mountain bike trails that stretch from the campground deep into George Washington National Forest, it's not only a beautiful spot but it is also full of outdoor experiences. In addition, JMU's planetarium is located at the campground and will be open during the weekend for festival-goers. Last year nearly 300 campers stayed at Stokesville and the reviews were great. With a few constructive critiques addressed, this year promises to be even better. Come for one night or stay for all three! Reserve your camping now

    April 25

    • meg

      Yes, Under FESTIVAL INFO is this information. THis fee is in addition to the festival tkt. STOKESVILLE CAMPGROUND WITH RED WING SHUTTLE SERVICE
      Stokesville Campground

      464 Stokesville Rd, Mount Solon, VA

      Located just a few miles down the road from Natural Chimneys Park, this beautiful campground offers stunning views across the northeast valley to Massanutten Mountain (25 miles away) and beyond. Shuttle buses are provided throughout the day. Camping fee is $25 per person, and includes drinking water, portable showers, portable bathrooms, free parking at this location (not at Natural Chimneys Park) and shuttle service to and from the festival grounds. Designated campsites are first come first serve. There is plenty of space for some solid field camping. NO PETS

      Good for July 10 at 5pm through July 14 at 12pm

      April 27

    • meg

      Click on TICKETS and you can add a campground pass to your festival tkt.

      April 27

  • David R.

    Finding a construction job in this economy is going to be a little difficult. There are some construction jobs out there, but with your lack of mobility you may want to consider something else. Adapt staffing was able to keep me employed for about 2 years. They have jobs near bus routes. You may want to check out performance food service group. They probably have some warehouse openings. Best of luck!

    1 · April 24

  • Robert S.

    I wish I could go to this festival. Sarah Jarosz is one of my favorites. If anyone can help me find a job, then I could afford the tickets. Thanks for your help.

    April 23

    • David R.

      What type of work are you looking for ?

      April 23

    • Robert S.

      Anything M-Fri would be great. I've done construction in the field and worked my way up to AutoCad design and project management in the office. I need a job to pay fines to get back my license but can't get hired without a license so I'm stuck. I have a degree from U of Richmond so I have many skills.

      April 23

  • meg changed the time from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM

    April 20

  • meg

    I will be camping at the Stokesville Campground - there will be free shuttle service to the festival grounds.

    April 20

  • meg changed the location to Natural Chimneys Park

    April 20

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