Music Festivals 2018: Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

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Feb 252018

Three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt Solon, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.Over on the Kinfolk Stage, you’ll find great music, dancing and awesome presentations for the children. There are TONS of playgrounds and games and activities for them to do while you enjoy the music.



Trampled by Turtles,
Josh Ritter,
Steep Canyon Rangers,
I’m With Her,
The Secret Sisters,
John Moreland,
Colter Wall,
The War and Treaty,
Charley Crockett,
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters,
Nicole Atkins,
The Scott Miller,
The Tillers,
Devon Gilfillian,
David Wax Museum,
Dori Freeman,
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles,
The Ghost of Paul Revere,
Jon Stickley Trio,
Old Man Luedecke,
Songs From The Road Band,
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line,
The Judy Chops,
The Brother Brothers,
Cicada Rhythm,
Leah Blevins Music,
The Way Down Wanderers,
Dharma Bombs,
Furnace Mountain Band,
The Walking Roots Band


Hampton Inn South is our official Red Wing VI hotel sponsor.

The closest hotels are located in Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA, each only about 15 miles away.

Bed & Breakfasts/Inns

There are numerous Inns and B&Bs in the area. Here’s a partial list:

Augusta County

Buckhorn Inn

2487 Hankey Mountain Hwy, Churchville 540-337-8660

Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast

320 Wayne Ave, Waynesboro 540-943-1910

B&B at Penmerryl Farm

273 Penmerryl Dr, Greenville 540-337-0622/540-292-0897

Blueberry Hill Farm

956 Spottswood Rd, Steeles Tavern 540-377-2240

Cross House Garden Inn

1224 Keezletown Rd, Weyers Cave 540-234-8065

Frederick House

28 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-4220

Inn at Old Virginia

1329 Commerce Rd., Staunton 540-248-4650

Iris Inn B&B of Waynesboro

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro 540-943-1991

Montclair Bed & Breakfast

320 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-8832

Olde Staunton Inn

260 N. Lewis St, Staunton 540-886-0193

Shenandoah Mountain Inn

434 Shen. Mtn. Dr, West Augusta 540-939-4164

Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast

607 Oak Ave, Waynesboro 540-946-4899

Staunton Choral Gardens

216 W. Frederick St, Staunton 540-885-6556

Sugar Tree Inn

Hwy 56, Steeles Tavern 800-377-2197

Tree Streets Inn

421 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro 540-949-4484

Rockingham County

By The Side Of The Road B&B

491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg 540-801-0430

High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Rd, Grottoes 540-249-3936

Joshua Wilton House

412 S. Main St, Harrisonburg 540-434-4464

Old Massanutten Lodge

3448 Caverns Dr, Keezletown 540-269-8800

Shenandoah Valley Farm Inn

882 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville 540-289-5402

Silver Lake Bed & Breakfast

1331 Silver Lake Rd, Dayton 540-879-2717

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 E. Market St, Harrisonburg 540-433-8233

Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 8-11, 2018 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage with the band at Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students ages 5 – 19. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, showcases, and more. Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, July 13, 2018 the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants.

Detailed schedule and class descriptions will be announced this spring!

Registration deadline: May 25 (late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis) Refunds cannot be given after the registration deadline.

Email or call 540-588-0332 for more information or to inquire about overnight accommodations on campus if you are traveling from out of town.

Red Wing Academy Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are available in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival and other perks. You may also order additional T-shirts for family and friends! Please also consider donating to Red Wing Academy’s scholarship fund. Stay updated at and on facebook!

Feb 252018

Tonight was basically a lazy Saturday for me, it was warm and rainy out. Apparently there were some quite severe storms in my area…I was actually napping before y neighbor picked me up to go to Third And Lindsley for the big show tonight.

The first act was a songwriter named Mr. Aaron Raitere, who had some REALLY inventive songs that were cleverly arranged. He had a small three piece band including himself, and they played about 5 or 6 songs for us. Now I did some research and closely studied his portion of the show, and I couldn’t pinpoint song names totally.

One was called “Single Wide Dreamers In A Double Wide World” and another was called “It’s Good Then It’s Gone So Enjoy It While It’s Here”. However perhaps the most clever song he played was one called “I’d Rather Be Fishing With My Mind On God Than Church With My Mind On Fishing”. In fact it indeed was one of the most clever, well written songs I have heard in months.

Miss Faren Rachels has a good album but I’ll tell you what she is AMAZING LIVE. Her band is really good, and her steel player is on point tonight. I was pleasantly surprised with her set tonight, and when she started her set with “Show Me Hands” it set the precedent for a good set to come.

“Nowhere Tonight” was one of the songs off her EP t that was alright to me but dammit once I heard it live I was truly amazed by her. She leans a little more toward mainstream in my opinion, but she still fits in well with the bands that  do not have the propensity to be mainstream like the Steel Woods. She sites influences that border mainstream fans as well, but yet maintain presence in the non mainstream realms.

“If it ain’t fixed” was next and was one of the songs I didn’t think was as good as others but her vocal delivery was superb on it. I just thought others were more well written. That’s not really a bad comment at all trust me it’s just what my opinion was.

After she played one called “Uber Driver” she played a slower song called “On Paper” which showcased her voice really well. She was very comfortable up there on stage tonight and I think she will be growing exponentially. She closed her set with “I Know Better”, and her more popular song called “Free Drinks”.

The Steel Woods have grown with leaps and bounds here in Nashville WOW. It’s truly amazing to see this band sell out this venue, and the ones that are up and coming bands. They played a really good set at the Warehouse in Bowling Green last time I wrote about them, so let’s see what they do tonight.

They came out loud and proud like a southern rock hammer with a song called called In The Pines for an intro they played right into “Wild And Blue”. Their next song was called “Better In The Fall”, They sound really terrific here tonight in Nashville. Honestly every band sounds terrific here, as this is one of my better venues to see music in.

They played most of their debut album including “I’m going To Love You” to a picked out sold out show here thought that is going absolutely insane over their songs. Right now they are playing “Whatever It Means To You”, and other great songs like ‘Uncle Lloyd” along with various covers like “Lonesome Onr’y  And Mean”.

They played a really solid version of  “Yesterday’s Wine” and the Allman Brothers “Whipping Post”, see this band plays longer sets than their one album can accommodate. Not many bands can say that as a positive thing, this band played covers not as filler songs, but as fan favorites. They aren’t boring or time consuming by any means.

“Straw In The Wind” is always a definite fan favorite toward the end of their show, as well as one of my favorites called “Della Jane’s Hear”t. After a lengthy instrumental, they went into the song called “Hole In The Sky” with thunderous fury. The show tonight came to climatic end with “Axe”, and left us waiting for what shall become of this monster band. What will the future albums sound like direction wise, and how will they embrace growth?