The 29th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival starts Thursday! This unique four-day music experience features 30 outstanding roots, bluegrass and Americana acts performing on four stages in wildflower-laden central Texas April 14-17.
Performers also include The HillBenders performing “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry,” The Jeff Austin Band, Rodney Crowell, Jay Farrar Trio, Hayes Carll, The Black Lillies, Shinyribs, The Lonesome River Band, The Wood Brothers, Carolyn Wonderland, David Ramirez, The Band of Heathens, Bob Schneider, Green River Ordinance, and more!
Campground jam sessions, engaging kids’ activities, a crafts market, specialty foods and brews, artist interactions and friendly patrons help deliver indelible memories that draw festivalgoers back year after year. Workshops with master performers and the Youth Talent Competition, where tomorrow’s headliners might gain early recognition and cash prizes, plus a festival slot, add to the allure of this gathering, one of the best entertainment bargains around. The nonprofit festival also gives back, via annual beneficiaries and a scholarship program for music-related majors at two area colleges.
This year, the festival welcomes The Bluegrass Situation, the virtual roots-music community and media collective founded by actor/comedian/picker Ed Helms, as presenter of Saturday’s Discovery Stage workshops. Addressing the theme, “Tales from the Road” participants will deliver stories and songs about their lives as touring musicians.
Free apps for Apple and Android mobile devices, available via iTunes or Google Play, enhance the experience with customizable schedules, artist info and an interactive festival map. In addition, a Spotify playlist of Old Settler’s performers is available at spoti.fi/1O4S8ce.
For more information, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.