Despite threatening skies, the Reevestock Music Festival was held during the weekend showcasing musical talent, local vendors and good old friendship.
Festivities kicked off Friday night with an optional patio dinner reception at Twenty One and Main.
“The food is delicious. I came tonight to check out the music before tomorrow’s concert,” said a patron by the name of Beth who was visiting from Charlotte. After dinner, Beth made way to 222 Public House because Annabelle’s Curse was playing. Hailing from Bristol, Virginia, the band has traveled beyond long-established folk to craft a profoundly distinctive and soaring sound. Notable songs performed were “Hallow Creature,” “Tidal Wave” and “Regret, VA.”
The Saturday concert was held at the residence of Jeff Eidson of G&B Energy. Patrons made way into the quaint Elkin neighborhood via shuttle service provided by YVEDDI.
“This home has a few events a year. We use it as a location for all of our G&B family of employees… We opened it up for Sam and the wonderful things he has done for the festival. He works very hard at this,” said Eidson.
Upon arrival to the family-friendly event, spectators went through a check-in screening process with differing wristbands provided for guests older than 21. Adjacent to check-in was an Elkin Police Department officer.
Guests made way toward a first-come, first-reserved concert area picking any spot suitable to them. No spot was closed off to the public.
“There’s not a bad seat in this house,” said a Dobson resident who is new to the area moving from Holland.
Performers throughout the day and night concert were Robert Holthouser, Matt Phillips, Cereus Bright, Luke Mears, Time Sawyer, and Big Daddy Love.
“I was nervous. I always get nervous before a performance. It’s not in a bad way, but because as an artist I want to deliver to the audience, I think you should be nervous,” said Luke Mears.
In between music and dancing, spectators were seen eating food provided by 13 Bones, or enjoying a glass or bottle of wine by Slightly Askew Winery. Elkin brewery newcomer, Skull Camp, provided ale on tap.
Gold sponsors of Reevestock were G&B Energy, Sound and Light Productions, 222 Public House, R.H. Barringer, LL2 Productions, Cavu Printing, Allstar Rentals.
“It’s really a nice place and a nice concert for the price,” said John “Chip” Dalton from Greensboro who offered advice on how to make the music venue grow. “I think they should throw in a top 40 playing band. You know, mix up the genres a bit.”
Reevestock organizers said proceeds for the concert series are being steered toward academic scholarships.
“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.
Headliners Big Daddy Love, a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call “Appalachian Rock” joked with the crowd saying, “Alright now. We just wanted to say this is the fifth best backyard BBQ party we’ve ever been to. Wow, what a place.”
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.