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Good news. We have finally got our line-up announced. Hopefully you have seen it and if not here is the flyer with the full roster on board.



Tickets can be purchased here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/shenandoah-riverside-festival-tickets-10607688883

Early Bird tickets finish up on April 7th so go ahead and get them while they last.

We are still accepting Sponsors and Arts and Craft Vendors. If you are interested please send us an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com 

Stay tuned for more info as it surfaces.



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!




Check out more of Reed’s photos by clinking to the link to his gallery below





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Hey folks,

We’re coming to the tail end of the countdown for the 2013 Shenandoah Riverside Festival and I hope you have your tickets lined up already because this word going around this year is that this thing is going to be a monster. Here is the story on another one of our great bands  lined up called Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, based in Greensboro, NC, has swept away audiences over the past five years and built a reputation for energetic, tightly crafted music with meaningful lyrics presented in signature memorable, passionate performances. It is this music that moved Chris Hillman from The Flying Burrito Brothers to exclaim “Man! You guys have really got something,” as he watched from offstage at the Loveless Café in Nashville. This feeling manifests itself in the band’s second full length album,Sweat Like the Old Days. Listeners will find the group maturing away from their blend of Dixieland- and ragtime inspired folk rock into a more electric, horn and rock driven sound. 

Their first release from 2008, So Long I Screamed, is indicative of the national folk explosion taking hold of musicians at that time. Essentially an acoustic album, it has the ring of bluegrass, yet has all the sensibility and infectious energy of rock; an album chock full of driving horn sections, rich harmonies, and catchy melodies. This progression continued the next year with their second release, Family, enlisting A-list musicians to supply additional talent to their expanding electric sound. Here, the band allowed the tape to roll well before and after each take, and this laidback approach not only calls to mind the quality of an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s, but also invites listeners into the loose and raucous affair. Again, I did not write this!

“Since 2009, the band has played 300 dates per year up and down the East coast and as far west as Chicago and Austin, headlining festivals like Shakori Hills, Bele Chere, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots. Withstanding the loss of their founding bassist in the fall of 2011, the band has nursed their sound after months in the studio into an even more concentrated rush of electric joy that may surprise listeners accustomed to vintage Ghost. Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which was released in September 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound, unshaken by change, which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.”

Set Times Posted!!

Hey folks,

How is life treating you? Well it’s been doing just fine to us. We have been knee deep in Bluegrass preparing to bring you the best show yet! We have just released the set times for the 2013 Festival and they can be sen at http://www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com on the home page near the bottom. Also our Early Bird ticket sales stop this Sunday the 7th! I would go ahead and get yours while they are still at the discounted rate. Things are looking great for this year and we can’t to see all your smiling faces there and enjoy the family fun, music and new accommodations that Watermelon Park was nice enough to have put in before our event. See you in the crowd!



Date: June14-15

Where: Watermelon Park 1522

Locke’s Mill Road Berryville Va,



EARLY-BIRD” Prices and Dates:

(Feb. 1 thru April 7)

* Weekend Pass = $45

*Saturday ONLY Pass = $25

“Regular Ticket” Prices and Dates:

(April 8 thru June 5)

* Weekend Pass = $55

*Saturday ONLY Pass = $35

Who: The Best Bluegrass/ Folk in

the land Featuring Artists;

Russell Moore& III Tyme Out

Lonesome River Band

Hackensaw Boys

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Lonesome Highway

Circa Blue


Stoney Creek

Dry Mill Road

Porch Pickers Brigade

Travelin’ Hillbillies

Bannana Express

“This is Earth Korps Inc 4th annual

Fundraiser for pollution removal of

the Shenandoah River. Since May

2010 Earth Korps has removed and

recycled over 56,000 pounds of

trash from our water systems with

the help of many volunteers and                                                                        

the success of this great event”

For more info please visit



or http://www.earthkorps.org

Press Release: 2013 Shenandoah Riverside Festival



More Pics from Beer Fest

Hey folks,

Had some new pictures come in the mail from beerfest. There’s not too many, but they are great pictures. We’ve got lots of great stuff coming up for you soon. We will announce a workday for this new boat landing in Front Royal for anyone who would like to help.

Also we are knee deep in booking bands for 2013 Riverside Festival right now so send in your press kits if you would like to be considered to earthkorps@yahoo.com.

Did you know that the Captains birthday is tomorrow October 17th.

More news and advertures to come soon. Stay Tuned!! and tell all your friends to go and like us on Facebook.


Beer Fest Follow-up/ October News

Hey folks,

Hope you all came out to the Belgravia Beer fest to benefit Earth Korps. I was a great time and we had a good turnout, so if you weren’t there you better make sure to make it next time. You don’t know what you’re missing. I should have some pictures coming very soon, and in fact there are a few on Facebook taken by others that I will post.

In other news we have a big project going on right now in Front Royal where riverton dam used to be. You will notice a sign that teh site is closed due to construction right now. We are a part of putting in a new boat ramp and re vamping the whole area to better suit foot traffic and vehicle traffic alike. When we are finished there should be a permanant bathroom fixture there and also a dumpster to keep the place cleaner. There are some great companies kicking in for this project and I will be sure to mention them when I get the full list of contributors. Untill then though I would like to thank all who are involved and wish them good luck in turning this project into a success.

This should keep us busy for a while, but if we get some other projects such as river cleans in the near future you will be the first to know.

As always we are looking for sponsors and folks to support the mission of this organization without the folks that take a more active approach in this organization we would not exist. If you would like to become a sponsor of Earth Korps Inc please send an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are also knee deep in planning next years Shenandoah Riverside Festival and trust me it is going to be a doozy. Stay tuned for more of that and thanks to all of you who support the Shenandoah River and our mission to see her back to health.


September News!!

Hey Folks,

I figured it was getting to be about time for an update of all around Earth Korps info. Did you know that we are up over 54,000 pounds of trash removed from the Shenandoah River now.

It’s been a very quick 2 years but we’ve come a long way and that is due to our awesome support by not only our fans who push us on social media sites but also due to our awesome sponsors and folks who keep this organization going through monitary contributions.

We’d like to give a big thank to new sponsor Starr Rentals of Harrisonburg Va for sponsoring the Belgravia Beer Festival and Earth Korps by donating a big screen for the Beer Fest. We would also like to give a big thanks to the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce for working closely with us on severa events here lately and doing thier part to spread the word about Earth Korps fundraisers and upcoming events. Also Shentel for doing another County Conversations piece on Earth Korps and upcoming Belgravia Beer Fest. Our video can be seen on Simply Locals Facebook page.

Beer Fest is coming fast and we expect to see you all there. As an added perk we will be featuring the VA Tech Game on a big screen outside of the beer fest as well. So bring a lawn chair and wear your tech garb.


River Clean 9/11/12

Hey folks,

Long time no see. We have been up to our eye balls in work trying to bring you great projects and river conservation. We are in the midst of a large project right now with the Shenandoah Riverkeeper and a few other organizations to do some work to a public boat landing, but I’ll go into that more when the time comes.

Hope you see us on tv3 soon as we just did a story with Friends of the North Fork of the Shenadoah River about our organizations and about our upcoming events. Ours being the Belgravia Beer and Wine Festival, which has pre-sale tickets available at http://www.earthkorps.org.

We did a clean the other day and probably found the coolest thing that I have ever found in the river, it is called a Ganesha and is the Hindu symbol for good luck. It is actually hindu god of good luck and health and prosperity and all of those things that everyone always hopes they end up with at the end of the day. I thought that was a pretty neat one. Our clean yielded quite a few tires and a large metal canister of some sort. We only had one boat with us, but we filled that boat to the brim, and it was sketchy to say the least of the float back. I hope you enjoy it because we went through a lot on this load. Until next time, thanks to everyone who supports Earth Korps and our mission to clean the Shenandoah River watershed.


Finally made it in our first book!!

Hey folks,

I thought I would show you all this awesome surprise I got in the mail the other day. A while back I had done an interview with a lady from Fredrick County Public Works and forgot all about it until I got this package in the mail with these awesome little books inside. I don’t know if you will be able to read the article from the pictures, but I put them on here anyway. Thanks Gloria for seeing our cause as worthy to be in this book! Stay tuned for more news.


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