Festival featuring 20 bands draws music fans
FRONT ROYAL – Music fans alike came out by the hundreds despite unpredictable weather to attend Appaloosa Music Festival 2017 over the Labor Day weekend at Skyline Ranch Resort.
Allison and Todd Young, of Pennsylvania, said they wouldn’t miss it, rain or shine.
“It’s all about the tunes, and company,” Amy Young said. “This is our second year attending. We stumbled upon Scythian a few years back; then traveled to Ireland with them, and here we are.”
Virginia native Will Overman, lead singer of the Will Overman Band said it is incredible to see such a musical line-up come together for one weekend.
“This is our second year here, but it’s been great. The staff is great, the music is great; it’s all just great,” he said. “Since we’re all [entire band] Virginia based, it’s cool to play local festivals.”
This year’s headliners for the festival included Scythia, Eddie from Ohio, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and Humming House. With 20 bands on three stages, fans enjoyed listening to Grammy Award winners, and critically acclaimed emerging artists from around the county, including The Gothard Sisters, Runa, The Brother Brothers, the Will Overman Band and more.
“It’s all about entertainment” said Brain Lohmann, festival press manager. “For the entire family” he added.
Festivalgoers enjoyed musical workshops throughout the weekend, exclusive late-night music sessions, on-site camping, local food trucks, and a beer garden featuring Starr Hill Craft Beer, Bold Rock Cider and Rappahannock Cellars wine.
Robert Hall, owner of Blue Wing Frog, said he supports Appaloosa because “this is simply awesome” he said. “I’ve never heard music like this – that gets me 2 feet off the ground and keeps me there.”
Something many music fans appreciated was the fact that the festival gives back to its local community. Ten percent of the profit from this year’s festival goes to charity, with beneficiaries including The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860 in Front Royal, and the Appaloosa Blue Ridge Arts Foundation. Active duty as well as veterans received festival discounts upon entry.
“Coffee in the morning, beer in the afternoon” joked Allison Young. “As long as we have those and good music, the party will commence.”
Correction, the name Amy Young was changed to Allison Young.