Elkin will be rocking this weekend with the annual Reevestock Musical Festival which will feature a number of up and coming bands.
Reevestock will kick off with a free event on Friday night at The Liberty called the Downtown Get-Down featuring local musician Luke Mears and headliner Steelism. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Food, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.
Steelism’s music is described as an “array of vintage and modern influences to create instrumental music that truly sounds like nothing else.” They were recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine which noted that the group’s sound was like an “eclectic instrumental score for a cinematic road trip.”
On Saturday, multiple bands, many of which also have been featured in Rolling Stone, will take the stage at what is known as Elkin’s hidden amphitheater on Ivy Circle.
Saturday’s evening headliner The Black Lillies also were recently mentioned in Rolling Stone Country by writer Andrew Leahey, who said their new song “Hard to Please” is a “funky barn burner shot through with blasts of brass and blues guitar” and the entire album is “a rallying cry.”
Festival gates will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with performances beginning at 2 p.m. Guests are asked to park for free at the First United Methodist Church parking lots, located at 340 Hawthorne Road, where a shuttle will carry them to the amphitheater.
The festival will begin with Robert Holthouser at 2 p.m. Holthouser is a local musician who recently won the prestigious Chris Austin song writing award at MerleFest, event founder Sam Tayloe said.
The rest of the day’s line up includes Clint Roberts at 2:45 p.m., Caroline Spence at 3:30 p.m., Sinners & Saints at 4:30 p.m., Time Sawyer at 5:30 p.m., Andrew Combs at 6:40 p.m. and The Black Lillies at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets for Reevestock are $15 each, or a four-pack of tickets for $50. The four-pack tickets will only be available until Friday and may purchased at the Downtown Get-Down event at The Liberty. Alcohol will be available for purchase at the festival, including local wine and beer from Slightly Askew Winery and Skull Camp Brewery. Food from 13 Bones also will be available for purchase.
Reevestock began in 2011 with a dual purpose of providing great entertainment and helping to raise funds to restore the Reeves Theater.
“We wanted to do something for Elkin that would be a benefit to our whole community and bring us something that we don’t really have yet,” said Tayloe. Tayloe is also part of the band Time Sawyer, which will be performing at the festival.
When the theater was purchased by private owners for the purpose of turning it into a performance space, Tayloe said they saw that as a win, but they still wanted to continue hosting the music festival.
Proceeds from the event now go to fund scholarships for local students and the first two scholarships were presented this year.
Tayloe said there’s always a great crowd at Reevestock and it is a fun event for the community as well as area visitors.
“I think the folks who come out whether they are really music lovers or just those who want to support the scholarship foundation, it’s just always a great day of enjoying what Elkin has to offer,” Tayloe said.
As for the event itself, it’s another thing that as both a performing musician and founder of the event, Tayloe is very proud.
“We also pride ourselves in that we’ve been very lucky to bring some good music throughout the years and we think, just as we have every year, that this is our best group yet,” Tayloe said of the line up for this year.
For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.reevestock.com.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.