A Preview of the Nelsonville Festival - OurVinyl

A Preview of the Nelsonville Festival


Nelsonville – The Biggest Little Festival You May Have Never Heard Of – Until Now

The 7th annual Nelsonville Music Festival is only days away, and what a year this looks to be for both weather and artists. Set in the rolling hills of Southern Ohio on the Robbins Crossing campus of Hocking Hills the show is set in one of natures most beautiful places, with greenery as far as the eye can see.  Nestled in the soft-spoken hillside community the festival is a community celebration of music and arts, but fear not as all are welcome and the line-up of performers this years’ has something for everyone.

Community is certainly the theme in this festival, with local artists and food vendors located on the grounds and without 50,000 people this is a weekend where music lovers can enjoy the scenery and listen to local Ohio musicians as well as some well-known national acts without walking three miles to the campground and negotiating strangely placed “drinking areas”. This is a place where the music is, and where  community is the word of the day. If prior years are an example many artists pull up a chair after their set and enjoy the rest of the show.

Previous years have featured Willie Nelson, Mudhoney, T-Model Ford, Sharon and the Dap-Kings, Loretta Lynn, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, as well a Michael Hurley, and hundreds of other acts.

This year will not disappoint, Friday night’s line-up will include sets from George Jones and Justin Townes Earl.  Saturday acts include Baby Dee, Yo La Tenga and The Flaming Lips and on Sunday Doug Paisley, Wanda Jackson and Neko Case are some of the Main Stage Acts.

Throughout the entire weekend local, regional and other national acts will play on the grounds as well on the Porch Stage and the No-Fi Cabin.  The quality and caliber of artists on both the Main Stage and on the two secondary stages is enormous and musical acts will keep all three locations busy this weekend. Listeners may drive in to see someone in particular but will surely be enraptured with the various sights and sounds that surround them.

For a three day pass $80 is a deal, compare this to Coachella or Bonaroo festival-goers…and for those who don’t like to camp single day passes are also available, although camping is really half of the fun.

More information, including directions and a full three -day schedule is available at www.nelsonvillefest.com

By Meredith Underhill

Below is a promo video made from a past Nelsonville Festival, just to give one a little taste of what it’s all about!

Nelsonville Music Festival Promo from Lucas Ostrowski on Vimeo.

2011 Lineup : FLAMING LIPS
Yo La Tengo
Wanda Jackson
Justin Townes Earle
Over The Rhine
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Lost in the Trees
Bomba Estereo
Mucca Pazza
The Growlers
Michael Hurley
Drakkar Sauna
Doug Paisley
Ned Oldham & Old Calf
Baby Dee
Y La Bamba
Cheyenne Marie Mize
Southeast Engine
The Honeycutters
Samantha Crain
The Spikedrivers
Sgt. Dunbar & The Hobo Banned
Nick Tolford and Co.
Mount Carmel
Wheels On Fire
Black Owls
She Bears
The Black Swans
Hex Net
Octopus & Owl
Duke Junior + The Smokey Boots
Whale Zombie
Jerry DeCicca
Eve Searls
Shelby Carter
Jess & Kyle
Zeb Dewar
Bruce Dalzell
Todd Burge
Chris Biester
Matt Moore
The Lovesick Blues
Seth Riddlebarger
Bill Wagner & Brett Burleson
Flyaway Saturn
Elemental Revolver