Country and bluegrass music fans rejoiced Tuesday, April 22 when the 2014 lineup for the in Bristol, Va. / Tenn. was announced. Brent Treash, the chair of the Music Committee for the festival, announced the lineup via a press conference, which was filmed and posted to YouTube shortly after the event.
The lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place from Sept. 19-21, is jam-packed with up-and-coming bluegrass acts, as well as other genre-spanning headliners. With over 100 acts performing at 21 stages, Bristol Rhythm & Roots 2014 is bound to be a great festival that you won’t want to miss.
While there’s a daunting list of acts to perform this year, I have a few suggestions that are must-see bands and musicians that you simply cannot afford to miss. A few of these are: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Moon Taxi, White Denim, The New Familiars, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, David Grissman Bluegrass Experience, Caveman, Folk Soul Revival, Fruition and Swear & Shake.
As a self-proclaimed Bristol Rhythm & Roots veteran and a Bristol, Va. native, I can say without a doubt that this festival is the best time of year in my hometown. The streets are filled with music fans from all over, bands are playing their sets on every street corner and vendors line State Street selling gifts, merchandise and all the festival food you could possibly eat.
Currently, a full weekend pass is priced at $50, but will increase to $55 after July 1, then to $60 after Sept. 1, and then to $70 at the gate on the first day of the festival. Bristol, Va. / Tenn. is less than two hours away from the Radford University campus, which makes this the perfect weekend adventure to start off the semester right. Don’t miss out on such a fun local festival!