At the end of the month, music lovers will gather at what is known as Elkin’s hidden amphitheater for the annual Reevestock Music Festival.
A promotional preview for the festival will be held at 222 Public House on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The preview event will include performances by Reevestock bands Time Sawyer and Robert Holthouser as well as give-aways including tickets, CDs, T-shirts and more.
Reevestock Music Festival will begin with a free kick-off event at The Liberty on July 31 and a full afternoon and evening of live performances on Aug. 1.
The event 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 event founder Sam 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.
“Sam (Tayloe) has done a marvelous job of growing this event and using the proceeds to benefit two local high school seniors, one from Elkin and one from Starmount, with the Reevestock Creative Leadership Scholarship,” said Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director of the Foothills Arts Council of which Reevestock is an associate group. “So now the event not only is great entertainment for residents and visitors alike, but gives deserving high school students some help in reaching their post-high school goals.”
Tayloe said he was thrilled to have given out the group’s first scholarships and they hope to continue to grow the scholarship fund.
“The plan with that is to continue to grow and hopefully touch our area as far as many schools as we can,” he said. “We started local ‘cause that’s where our roots are with the band. We’ll continue to work with Elkin and Starmount, grow donations monetarily and increase the reach and ability to surrounding schools.”
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.
Many of the artists performing this year have been reviewed in Rolling Stone and other popular magazines of the music industry, Tayloe said.
The Reevestock Music Festival will host a free event called the Downtown Get-Down on July 31 featuring local musician Luke Mears and headliner Steelism. The event will be held at The Liberty in downtown Elkin with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Food, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.
On Aug. 1, the festival gates will open at 1 p.m. with performances beginning at 2 p.m. 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, 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. Special ticket prices will be offered at the July 10 preview event. Food, beer and wine also will be available for purchase at the festival.
Tayloe said it’s always a great crowd and fun event.
“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.
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.