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Red Wing Turns 5

There’s a quaint, unassuming, little park and campground nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley (Mt. Solon, VA) surrounded by one of nature’s natural pheromones; Natural Chimneys. For three days in July, however, this tucked away space in Virginia comes alive with a gathering of some of the best Americana music in the country.

Organizers of the fifth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival, scheduled for July 14 – 16, 2017, say the three day event will likely be a complete sell out before the weekend is over. (A limited number of single day tickets go on sale June 1, 2017.)

It began in 2013 as the home festival for the Steel Wheels band, and has blossomed into what was called recently, “the best version of a mini-Merlefest you could attend.” The intimate, family-friendly event takes place about a 100 yards from the campground in the shadows of these magnificent natural rock structures. Tents, campers, and hammocks play resting place for the several thousand attendees.

40 bands grace three separate stages and feature this year Grammy winner, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Tim O’Brian, two-time Grammy winner Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Drive, and several performances from host band, The Steel Wheels.

Aside from the community feel camping, the festival offers miles of hiking and biking trails, swimming, yoga, craft beer and food, artisan vendors, and a free climbing wall and gaming area for the kids. This year’s on-site camping has sold out at the festival, however there are a variety of local campgrounds, including the nearby George Washington National Forest.

Visit www.redwingroots.com for the complete line-up and more festival information.

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