With hip festivals like Coachella taking place in the next coming weeks, I couldn’t help for yearn for the year that I can make a pilgrimage to the legendary festival. At the same time, I realized that I can’t wait for my own “Coachella,” so to speak, to take place the last weekend in July. I’m talking about FloydFest. The four day music festival that takes place in southern Virginia will be celebrating it’s 11th anniversary in a few months.
What makes it really exciting is that my parents own the almost 100 acres that it takes place on. Last year I couldn’t believe that 15,000 people came to the festival on Saturday alone to gather to hear the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Musicians such as Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, and Blues Traveler have appeared at the festival over the years. This year, Michael Franti and Spearhead will headline one of the evening performances. One of his most well known songs, “Say Hey (I Love You) was featured in the beginning of Garry Marshall’s movie “Valentine’s Day.”
FloydFest has received a lot of attention the past few years. It was featured in the National Endowment of the Arts magazine and even made the front cover. (It can be seen below.)
One of my favorite parts about FloydFest is the atmosphere. It is the best place to people watch. I love observing the many different styles that people wear to the festival along with the clothing vendors that feature one of a kind pieces. Local artisans around the region come to the festival and set up shops with hand crafted jewelry, art, and clothing, some of which is organic and made up of all natural fibers. The clothing featured is beautiful while helping the environment at the same time. It can’t get any better than that! I sure am looking forward to July. Stay tuned while I document the music festival when it takes place a mere 3 months away.