Last updated: June 01. 2013 11:39AM - 263 Views
Darcie Dyer
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It’s back, and bigger and better than before.

The members of local folk-rock band, Time Sawyer, have pulled out all the stops for the upcoming second-annual Reevestock music festival, Aug. 4.

The festival, which was formed by Time Sawyer to raise funds for the Reeves Theater Restoration Project, is anticipated to bring out a crowd twice as large as its 2011 inaugural year’s turn-out.

Time Sawyer’s lead singer Sam Tayloe said this is in part due to the big-name bands that will play at Reevestock 2012 and in part due to upping the advertising and promotion of this year’s festival.

Co-headlining Reevestock 2012 are The Dirty Guvnahs and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Also performing throughout the day are Mandolin Orange, Josh Oliver, Time Sawyer, Porch Dog Revival and Luke Mears.

Last year, Reevestock brought out a crowd of approximately 500 people, most of which were Elkin natives. This year, Tayloe said they are anticipating a crowd of more than 1,000 people, and they hope that the festival will draw a crowd from other cities as well.

“Last year we relied pretty heavily on word of mouth, but this year we’ve done a huge overhaul in the promotion department.” Tayloe said. “We’ve put huge amounts into promotion and the bands are much bigger.”

The band members’ dedication to their hometowns of Elkin and Jonesville has been a driving force in their efforts to make sure this year’s event is a success. Time Sawyer members Tayloe, Houston Norris, Kurt Layell and Clay Stirewalt are split between their Elkin and Jonesville roots. Tayloe and Norris graduated from Elkin High School in 2008, and Layell and Stirewalt graduated from Starmount.

“Kurt was the one who came up with the idea,” Tayloe said. “One day he mentioned that it would be cool if one day the Reeves re-opened and we could play in it. The idea took off from there, and we realized we could help that happen.”

All signs indicate that it will be an enjoyable event. Aside from the music, the festival will also have a bounce house for the kids, as well as barbecue catered by 13 Bones and Heaven’s Scent and Anheuser Busch draft and bottled beer available.

Free YVEDDI shuttling will be offered from Elkin First United Methodist Church’s parking lot at 340 Hawthorne Road to the site of the festival on Ivy Circle. Gates will open at 11 a.m. and the festival will begin at 12 p.m.

Tickets for Reevestock are $18 for students, $20 for adults or $30 for VIP and are available at reevestock.com or at Harry’s Place or Dianna’s Bookstore in downtown Elkin.

All proceeds from Reevestock will go toward the restoration of the Reeves Theater in downtown Elkin.

“It’s kind of a two-pronged thing,” Tayloe said. “It’s a huge thing for the Reeves, but it’s also for Elkin. If we can make this event enjoyable as a music festival, that promotes Elkin as a destination too.”

Reach Darcie Dyer at 835-1513 or ddyer@heartlandpublications.com.

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