Shenandoah Riverside Festival At Watermelon Park

July 05, 2013 at 4:47 AM


Shenandoah Riverside Festival

Watermelon Park, Berryville, Virginia

June 14-15, 2013

by Reed A. George



For the second consecutive year, I spent a beautiful weekend in June by the Shenandoah River, listening to great music and convening with friends. The Shenandoah Riverside Fest is hosted annually by Earth Korps, who puts heroic efforts into cleaning up the river. So, we’re doing something good for the river while we enjoy it in the summer sun.


Here was the lineup from this year’s show:


Friday June 14th

5:30-6:30 Banana Express

7-8 Circa Blue

830-10 Lonesome River Band

10:30-11:30 Hackensaw Boys


Sat: June15th

12:12:45 Porch Pickers Brigade

1:15-2:00 Travelin Hillbillies

2:30-3:30 Stoney Creek

4-5 Lonesome Highway

5:30-6:30 Dry Mill Road

7-8 The Woodshedders

8:30-10:00 Russell Moore and Third Tyme Out

10:15- Holy Ghost Tent Revival


Unfortunately, I had other commitments on this weekend, so had to drop in and out a couple of times, and did not get to camp. I did get there early on the 14th to see Banana Express, a great young band from Winchester, Virginia, and saw all of the Friday night acts.



Banana Express


The Lonesome River Band has been together for 30 years. They have an impressive recording history, and are a blast to see on-stage.








The Lonesome River Band



Wrapping up the Friday lineup, the Hackensaw Boys really threw down some tunes. This was my first exposure to the band, but certainly won’t be my last. They kept the crowd moving non-stop throughout their set. Percussionist Brian Gorby wins the strangest instrument contest, with his collection of stuff to beat on, known as a “charismo.”







The Hackensaw Boys




Dancing to the Hackensaw Boys


My coverage of Saturday was more spotty. I did catch the Lonesome Highway, and The Woodshedders.



Lonesome Highway


The Woodshedders are local favorites in the area, and hosts of the annual Watermelon Park Festival in September. They really put on a good show for us on this beautiful Saturday afternoon in June.










As always, the audience was kind, into the music, and had a good time.




What a great way to spend the weekend. Let’s hope Earth Korps continues the traditions – hosting this wonderful festival by the river, and doing good things for the environment!




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