(photo: Tom Daley) One of our favorite new music festivals is The Festy, a three-day bash in the Blue Ridge Mountains that was founded last year by The Infamous Stringdusters. The lineup for this year’s event, which takes place October 7-9 in Nelson County, Virginia, includes Brett Dennen, Sarah Siskind, Jim Lauderdale and the David Grisman Sextet. We recently spoke with Jeremy Garrett, fiddle player for the Stringdusters, about the The Festy’s origins and what’s in store for the future. Click here to purchase tickets. When did The Infamous Stringdusters get the idea for the festival. We had always talked about doing our own festival. We’ve gone to hundreds of festivals during our time and realized how each one had their own theme and unique things that were cool about them. There were things that we liked, things that we didn’t like, and we just kind of kept them in our minds. Over time we just got more and more serious about it and thought we really do need our own festival. Now seems like the time, more than ever, to do festivals because people are really hungry for that sort of thing today. Last year, being our first year, we put a ton of work into it. We all wanted to pick bands that we all admired that were, not necessarily bluegrass like we were, but every kind of music. So we did that and developed this theme of what we wanted in the festival as far as the vibe and the overall theme. More and more ideas got put together and we finally decided... Sign In to Keep Reading
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