Reevestock Music Festival kicks off Friday in Elkin

Dreamroot to perform at Reevestock this weekend.

ELKIN — This weekend Elkin will be rocking with the return of the Reevestock Music Festival. The festival includes live music events downtown on Friday night at the Reeves Theater and in Elkin’s “hidden amphitheater” on Ivy Circle on Saturday.

Event organizer and founder Sam Tayloe said he is excited about this year’s festival.

“The line up this year really packs a wallop,” Tayloe said. “Grammy nominated group, Hiss Golden Messenger headlines the festival on Saturday, Aug. 6. We’ve got one of the world’s best guitar players, Daniel Donato playing Saturday as well. Friday night’s kick-off show is headlined by Colorado’s Stillhouse Junkies won the IBMA (international bluegrass music association) “Momentum band of the year” in 2021 and have been nominated for New Artists of the year for 2022.”

The festival’s tag-line is “Keep Yadkin Valley’s Music Alive (and Kickin’)” and Tayloe said it more than delivers. The fun begins with the Downtown Get-Down Block Party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, in downtown Elkin. During this free outdoor kick-off party, featuring the guitar-driven blues-influenced singer/songwriter duo, Luke Mears and Robert Holthouser, the Reeves Theater will be open for drink purchases and food trucks will be on hand for dinner.

Following the Block Party, a ticketed show at the Reeves Theater will feature the genre-bending Stillhouse Junkies and Clyde Williams. The party continues with a free late-night jam at Angry Troll Brewing with Pennsylvania’s Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers.

The main event, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., gives the public the rare opportunity to visit Elkin’s Hidden Amphitheater, a privately-owned entertainment venue nestled in the wooded, gentle North Carolina foothills.

The headlining artist on Saturday, performing at 8:05 p.m., is Hiss Golden Messenger, led by Durham-based songwriter M.C. Taylor. Hiss Golden Messenger’s 2019 release Terms of Surrender was nominated for Best Americana Grammy Award. Two 2021 releases have been nominated for A2IM (the American Association of Independent Music) Libera Awards, Quietly Blowing It (Best Americana Record) and O Come All Ye Faithful (Best Spiritual Record.)

Also performing on Saturday will be Momma Molasses (1 p.m), Handmade Moments (2:15 p.m.), Dreamroot (3:40 p.m.), host band Time Sawyer (5 p.m.), and Daniel Donato (6:30 p.m.) MC of the festival is award-winning broadcaster, producer, promoter, singer, musician, writer, and photographer Cindy Baucom, whose radio show, “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” is broadcast weekly in nearly a hundred markets.

This relaxed, family-friendly festival features children’s activities during daylight hours, plenty of shade, and free nearby parking, with free shuttle service. Local vendors will offer food, beer and wine.

The festival benefits the Reevestock Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to seniors at Elkin High School, East Wilkes High School, and Starmount High School looking to continue their education and any 4-year, 2-year, or technical program.

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