With COVID-19 remaining an ongoing problem, we are continuing to miss what would have been a late fall season full of festivals. While it appears we are not nearing a major change on that front, we are beginning to see a re-emergence of live music through creatively organized events. For now, we plan to keep our eye on those and update you all as they come in.
One such event is The Festy – those in the Charlottesville, Virginia area may be familiar with it already. The Festy is local festival that has creatively found ways to transform itself over the last few years – often through its choices in location. Like many live events, The Festy was originally not sure they would be able to hold an event this year, but they got creative and have found a way to make it happen. This year, Festy has partnered with Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm and will be presenting the event in a new format, allowing music lovers to experience live music in an outdoor, socially distant and touchless environment. This year’s event will be a series of concerts, each taking place in a comfortable and beautiful setting at the Vineyards.
Music fans can purchase tickets in “boxes” – grass spaces for groups to share. Masks are required at all times, except when visitors are eating and drinking in their boxes or if all those in the box are members living in the same household. Each box will come with a QR code so that attendees can place touchless orders for food and beverages (we hear this includes the ability to purchase delicious local favorites from Chisholm Vineyards wine, Potter’s Hard Cider, and Blue Ridge Bucha ). According to the organizers’ website – there will be ample space to navigate between the boxes and they hope fans will bring blankets and lawn chairs to get comfortable in their designated grassy areas.
The concert series kicks off this Thursday, October 1 – and includes separately ticketed performances from several artists. This includes one of our new Living The Fest Life favorites – Kendall Street Company. This jam rock band has been featured on our page before, notably for the creative ways they have continued to interact with fans during the pandemic.
KSC may be young but they have quite the resume. The band has performed at festivals like Lockn’, Roosterwalk, Floydfest, Resonance, and Domefest and has opened for acts such as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, Umphrey’s McGee, Tauk, and Leftover Salmon. We are also getting very close to the release date for the groups’ latest album, The Stories We Write for Ourselves, set to come out in late October.
For more info on The Festy and to snag tickets – check out the official website.
In the meantime, hang in there festival fam and stay tuned as we look out for more fun and creative local music options to check out.