The much-anticipated Reevestock Music Festival will begin on Friday at The Liberty in downtown Elkin and continue on Saturday afternoon and evening with musical talent from near and far. Encouraging young artists and musicians, providing quality entertainment and showcasing the Elkin community to visitors are the primary goals of the festival.
“We’re super excited as always,” said event founder and musician Sam Tayloe. “The amount of community involvement grows every year, and this year was no different. It was great to see folks sharing all our posts around the different social media sites. We hope we can see everyone out for our free kick-off party Friday night, and pull those on the fence in for our great full-day Saturday. Tickets are only $15 and you save even more when purchasing a four-pack. All money raised goes towards growing our RMF scholarships and continuing our area’s rich musical history. We say thank you in advance to all of you who join us!”
The lineup of artists for Reevestock this year includes Phil Cook and The Guitarheels, David Ramirez, Time Sawyer, the Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Cicada Rhythm, and Kate Rhudy. The festival begins on Friday with a free performance at The Liberty. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., and music will be from 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at Elkin’s hidden amphitheater on Ivy Circle. Guests will be asked to park for free at the First United Methodist Church parking lots located at 340 Hawthorne Road. From there, First United Methodist shuttles will pick up attendants and carry them the short distance to the festival grounds.
The music festival began in 2011 as way to raise funds to renovate the Reeves Theater. When the theater was purchased by private owners for renovation, Tayloe still wanted to keep the festival going. It now provides scholarships for local students involved in the arts.
Though small in size, the festival has continued to grow since its inception and get attention from music fans and music publications across the nation.
Last year, Glide Magazine said, “The quality of the musical lineup is way out of proportion to the festival’s size,” and Tayloe said this year’s festival will pack just as powerful a punch.
Local wine and beer also will be showcased at the festival.
Skull Camp Brewery in Elkin will be producing two beers labeled with the Reevestock name this year.
The partnership between Skull Camp and Reevestock is not a new one. The brewery has been on hand serving beer at Reevestock for the past three years, said Jeff Yockel of Skull Camp Brewery.
“We think it’s a great cause, the scholarship, we’re working really well together on that,” Yockel said.
Skull Camp’s red ale and IPA will get specialty labels for the festival, Reevestock Red and Reevestock IPA.
From the Friday night kick-off which will feature a British Invasion theme, to the day-long musical lineup slated for Saturday, there’s sure to be something to please every musical taste. Food also will be available for purchase as well as the special Reevestock beers, other brews from Skull Camp as well as wine.
The festival is family-friendly with activities for children throughout the day.
This year the Reevestock party doesn’t stop on Saturday, a Reevestock River Raft will leave from Crater Park in Elkin at 1 p.m. on Sunday with Yadkin River Adventures. For more details contact Yadkin River Adventures at 336-374-5318.
For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.reevestock.com.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.