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Red Wing VII Is Near

It’s almost here! One of the larger, perhaps more popular roots music festivals in Virginia is about to happen. Beginning Friday, July 12th, 2019 several thousand music fans will make their way to the unique festival grounds of Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon Virginia, for the Red Wing Roots festival hosted by the Steel Wheels band.

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, the park will play host for the seventh time to 40 Americana, roots, grass, alt. country bands on five different stages. Sometimes referred to by attendees as a mini-Merlefest, the family friendly event draws music fans of all ages and from several states, to the beautiful park.

This year the event organizers added another stage to an additional camping area on a recently purchased field. The 16×14-foot stage will offer a more intimate setting to watch live music and give artists a new venue to perform acoustic-oriented sets and collaborate with other musicians on the bill – a festival tradition that’s been a part of the Red Wing experience from the start.

“This stage will enhance the experience for our loyal fans, friends and family,” said Jeremiah Jenkins of Black Bear Productions, which founded and runs the festival. “Red Wing will be getting better this year – but not bigger.” The Hill Stage is located on property adjacent to Natural Chimneys Park that was recently purchased by festival organizers and is just a short walk through beautiful surroundings from the main music meadow.

In addition to improving the festival by building the Hill Stage, organizers are using their new property to create more campsites at the new Chimney Ridge camping area. A limited number of Chimney Ridge campsites are still available, as well as 3-day and single day tickets. Camping has sold out each year of the festival and 3-day, Friday and Saturday tickets have sold out the last few years. Festival organizers expect both to happen again this year.

For tickets and more information, visit www.redwingroots.com.

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