Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Time to Start Preparing for the 2011 Festival Season - Starting with Floydfest

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November 23, 2010
FloydFest, the annual music and arts festival described by one on-line reviewer as a “unicorn in a horse pasture of music festivals” celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary this July 28-31, 2011. Held in the non-commercial National Park environs of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, the scenic journey getting to this gem of a festival is truly the perfect warm-up to the event, which takes place on an 80 acre plateau overlooking a scenic gorge.  At 3200’ elevation, the event site features beautiful wooded camping, as well as hiking and bike trails. Spanning four full days, and offering 9 unique stages of entertainment, ranging from the beautifully timber framed Dreaming Creek Main and Hillholler stages to the campy ‘Pink Floyd Garden Stage’ and the homey ‘Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch,’ FloydFest spans genres and generations to truly create a “something for everybody” experience.
The production company behind the event, Across-the-Way Productions of Floyd, Virginia, has in fact dubbed this birthday bash event FloydFest X – the eXperience, and has utilized patron survey feedback to create a blowout line-up that includes favorite and most-requested acts from years past, with an initial artist roster that boasts the best in new and returning artists, including Taj Mahal, Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Quintet, Yard Dogs Road Show, Sam Bush Band, Hot Tuna Electric and Acoustic, Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey, Toubab Krewe, Donna the Buffalo, Tony Rice Unit, Pimps of Joytime, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band, John Brown’s Body, Boombox, New Monsoon, Baka Beyond, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, My Dear Disco, Shane Pruitt Band, DJ Williams Projekt, American Aquarium and 2010 Under the Radar winners Big Daddy Love. As part of the special overall eXperience, each and every artist will give an intimate ‘workshop’ performance on the Appalachian-style ‘workshop porch.’
True to long-standing tradition, FloydFest will offer deep discount holiday ticket packages through December 31st, with 4-day weekend tickets available for under $100. In 2010 FloydFest reached a capacity crowd, and this special 2011 edition is anticipated to sell-out. A limited number of special ticket packages, fittingly dubbed ‘X-spot’ packages, include early arrival, primo camping, and on-site parking. Limited number VIP tickets include backstage catering, parking, on-stage seating, pre- and after-party admission. A family-friendly event, FloydFest features a centrally-located ‘Children’s Universe,’ Healing Arts Village, Blue Ridge to Bayou Dance Tent, Sustainability programs, a Beer and Wine Garden featuring local and regional wines and microbrews, over 100 art and craft vendors, and a ‘Global Village.’
For tickets or general information, visit or call 888-VA-FESTS.
For press inquiries, please contact Mandy Gresham, or 828.254.0914

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