Reevestock Music Festival returns to Elkin with an impressive lineup and a plan for college scholarships.
The festival is held on Aug. 1 and 2.
The festival started in 2011 by local folk-rock band, Time Sawyer. Previous proceeds from the festival were dedicated to the Reeves Theatre restoration. The theater has since been sold to a private developer.
“With the Reeves building purchased privately and being transformed into a music venue, it forced our hand to make a change, but it was a change that we embraced. We feel we can connect with more of the community by offering scholarships and make a difference in more and more kids lives as the festival grows,” said Sam Tayloe of Time Sawyer.
“We are starting (scholarships) with Elkin and Starmount because that is where our band members went to school. We do plan on branching out when we have the resources to allocate more funds in other places. We wanted to develop scholarships that could really help monetarily, so we are keeping it at two for now,” he said.
Elkin and Starmount High School seniors are eligible for the scholarship if they attend a two-year or four-year college program.
According to Tayloe, more sales means a greater chance for scholarships for kids. Early-bird tickets get the best value.
“The Reevestock tickets are on sale for 50 percent off through Groupon for another week or so. Sales have been good so far,” said Tayloe.
Tickets are available at www.reevestock.com for $25 through July 11.
Festivities kick off on Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. with an optional patio dinner reception at Twenty One and Main. The southern-style dinner option will be available soon, said organizers. The main event starts at 9 p.m. at 222 Public House. The featured band is Annabelle’s Curse. Hailing from Bristol, Virginia, the band has traveled beyond long-established folk to craft a profoundly distinctive and soaring sound. Notable songs are “Hallow Creature,” “Tidal Wave” and “Regret, VA.”
Big Daddy Love, a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call “Appalachian Rock” is the headlining band on Aug. 2. Having only been together since the summer of 2009, Big Daddy Love hails from Sparta. At Floydfest in 2010, the band won the prestigious “Under The Radar” contest for the best new artist at the large, Virginia festival.
“We are really happy to be playing an event that supports a good cause like this. We do a lot of charity events through our non-profit group called ‘The Love Bus,’ so this fits right in with our mission of giving back to the communities that have supported us, especially in a town right down the road from where Joey and I grew up, Sparta, NC,” said Brian Swenk, who plays the banjo for Big Daddy Love.
Other performers are Time Sawyer, Luke Mears, Cereus Bright, Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic, and Robert Holthouser.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.