Sons of Bill headline the inaugural Campout East.
William Walter & Co will show up at Camp Barefoot 5 and FloydFest X.
PHOTO BY TOM DALY
Who hasn't begged Mom and Dad to let them take a roadtrip over a
summer weekend to catch their favorite bands or been thrilled to
see multiple artists performing on the same bill? And what great
artist hasn't packed up the van and festival-hopped across the
country, hitting Lollapalooza and
Pitchfork in Chicago or Bonnaroo in Tennessee
or Coachella in California?
But it's not just the artists and audiences that benefit. A
music festival injects life into a town, if just for a weekend, as
fans flock from across the state or country to camp, bands book up
hotels and restaurants, and the local music industry is jolted to
its core. For Charlottesville, the rise of area and regional
festivals has added depth to an already ambitious music scene.
"We're at the beginning of something very exciting," says
Michael Allenby, who launched The Festy Experience last summer in
Nelson County. "There's killer infrastructure," he says. "At this
point, it's up to the artist to push the scene."
From the Festy, which took place at the Devil's Backbone
Brewery, and the ever-popular Crozet Music Festival, to the Dave
Matthews Caravan in New Jersey and Camp Barefoot in West Virginia,
music festivals have put spark in the regional music scene. We
survey eight festivals coming your way in 2011 and chat with seven