There’s something to be said about an event that leaves you feeling like you’re apart of a community you’ve never visited before.
The Red Wing Roots Music Festival did just that for my husband and I. I believe part of the reason behind such an enrapturing experience had to do with The Steel Wheels. Known for their lyrics, harmonizing and soulful variety of music delights, The Steel Wheels were the organizing force behind the event. Originally from the Shenandoah Valley meant their homegrown roots became an all-encompassing element and the local community, who absolutely love The Steel Wheels for their genuine humbleness and returning home often to perform at community members’ homes, were in full force during the three-day long festivities.
With four stages and an average of 18 performances happening each day, the Red Wing Roots Festival lineup kept festival goers on the go as they moved from stage-to-stage. Performances alternated between stages to keep the setup/breakdown between bands an obsolete factor for audience members. Big names like The Del McCoury Band, The Sam Bush Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing into the night meant each day ended under the stars, that is when they were visible between clouds and rain drops the first two days. Everyone came prepared with their ponchos, umbrellas, Teva’s and Keen’s, and wicking clothing so there was very little attrition when the drops began to fall.
The backdrop for the festival was the beautiful Natural Chimneys. The park is located in Mt. Solon, Augusta County, VA and includes hiking trails, a swimming pool and tons of RV and camping spaces as well as these majestic towers of 120 feet or more. The view from the hiking trail leading to the top of the chimneys is quite breathtaking.
The three-day festival left us tired and ragged but at the same time gave us a level of appreciation for music festivals and what they have to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and plan to return next year with a large group of friends. Won’t you join us?