From August 9th through 11th, Shadefest, the beloved independent jam-focused music festival, will celebrate its fourth year. The intimate, multi-night camping event tapped a number of fan favorites from the jam scene and beyond for their particularly impressive lineup. With the festival’s expansion to a new home in West Virginia, fans can expect the same community Shadefest has fostered over the years—one made possible through a grassroots effort and the event’s independent nature, which eschews larger corporate, cookie-cutter festivals in favor of building a collaborative entity among attendees and musicians.
Heading the lineup is TAUK, the hard-hitting instrumental funk-rock fusion quartet out of New York City. Another staple on the scene, Consider The Source, will offer up a rare “intimate hybrid acoustic” set. Rounding out the top of the bill is The Southern Belles, the quickly rising Richmond-based quartet known for their psychedelic Southern rock-inspired tunes. Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s self-proclaimed purveyors of “Joyfunk,” CBDB, will also be on hand, in addition to Greensboro, North Carolina’s high-octane jam darlings, The Mantras, who have a special Beastie Boys tribute planned for the festival.
Shadefest has always prided itself on being a premier independent music festival of the Mid-Atlantic. Each year, the festival curates an attractive lineup focused on jams and improvisation, mixing well-loved nationally touring artists with a diverse range of local and regional up-and-comers. Two fan-favorite acts reppin’ the hometown team high up on the bill are Washington DC’s Of Tomorrow and Charlottesville’s Kendall Street Company, both of which are known for their high-energy performances and tight-laced improvisations. Shadefest has also tapped a number of quickly rising bands like Goose, South Hill Banks, Zen, Toxic Moxie, and more, plus Of Tomorrow’s Mike Candela and Richmond’s stunning songstress, Anneliese Grant, will be on hand to sit-in and lend their fiery musical talents to a number of performances across the weekend as artists-at-large.
Along with a lineup that continues to push Shadefest into the future, in 2018, the festival is moving to a new home at the Pegasus Farm Campground in Elkins, WV. After three successful years in Avenue, Maryland, Shadefest has outgrown its former venue. Pegasus Farm—which some fans may know as the former host of the beloved, now-defunct music festival, Camp Barefoot—will allow Shadefest to continue increasing attendance and add an additional stage while still remaining accessible to its fervent Mid-Atlantic fan base.
As Gordon Hughes, the festival’s organizer, explained,
After three beautiful years in southern Maryland, we’re excited to bring the warmth and love of Shadefest Music Festival to Pegasus Farm, a historic venue that has hosted a variety of music festivals, and which shares our values of respect for the community and love of music. We are also excited to host a “local showcase” full of acts from around West Virginia on opening night of the festival.
The festival moves to its new home at Elkins, West Virginia’s Pegasus Farm Campground this summer from August 9th to 11th. Check out Shadefest’s full lineup below. Do yourself a favor, and don’t miss out on this fan-favorite festival! Furthermore, the event has a partnership with the Richmond SPCA, meaning that a portion of all ticket sales will benefit the well-established, no-kill animal shelter.
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