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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.”


Earth Korps Update!!

Hey everyone,

I know it seems like it has been forever since we have posted. Well that’s because it has and we have been doing all kinds of awesome stuff over the past month to get Earth Korps geared up and ready for this spring.

for starters we have finally got our line-up finalized for the 2013 Shenandoah Riverside Festival and are updating our website http://www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com as we speak to bring everyone up to date with this years bands and early bird ticket sale specials. I can guarantee that you do not want to miss this years line-up. We will be announcing bands as we go along from now until the festival hits starting with last years late night favorite- HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL!! Who if you remembered correctly were the guys that had you dancing yourselves silly all night long.



Were no even close to being done so stay tuned on that note and be sure to check out http://www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com in the next week or so to see the new flyer and other updates as well.

We are also getting ready to open the slots for our 2013 craft and food vendors for the Shenandoah Riverside Festival. By the way, this is to take place on June 14th and 15th this year at Watermelon Park. If you would like to be considered for one of these spot please send an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com

We are now Seeking SPONSORS for the 2013 Shenandoah Riverside Festival. If you would like to be considered please send an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com There are some great perks to being a sponsor this year other than just having your companies name posted everywhere. We will be having other incentives such as free tickets and close parking, things to that nature so send us an email. We’d love to have you.

We had some great news in that we have been approved for a 3 year stay at Watermelon Park which is a huge deal and will ensure the success and growth of the festival and of Earth Korps at least for the next 3 years haha.

We are in the process of writing some great grants and planning some awesome river cleans for this spring so keep your ears and eyes posted on those. We are going to try to get more youth groups involved this year such as boy scouts or church youth groups. If you have any affiliation with any of these types of groups on the Shenandoah River and would like for your kids to get a first hand lesson in environmental appreciation please send an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com and we will arrange a river clean for them to take place in in 2013.



Also we would just like to continue to thank all of those who have supported and stand by the mission of cleaning up the Shenandoah River and we will continue to do as much as we can to help this great natural resource!



Hey folks,

Thought I would let you all know that Captain Billy’s Seafood in Woodstock VA hasagreed to donate 10% of all profits from this coming weekends sales back to Earth Korps Inc. So go on in there and get yourself some good food fresh from the Chesapeake. Makes sense, the Shenandoah does end up right where they pull their food from. A great example of how and why we should all be working together in the name of conservation of our local watersheds.

We are coming into our planning season here soon so you won’t see quite as much activity from Earth Korps, but don’t worry we’re still hard at it and will keep you up to date on upcoming river cleans and events. Speaking of river cleans, why not come out and help Friends of the North Fork do one of their annual cleans here soon on October 27th. More details to come. Stay posted! As always, thanks to all of those who support their local river clean up company in one way or another it’s entirely due to our fans that we are able to do what we do.


Hey folks,

Well we’re coming down to the wire here and Riverfest 2012 is right around the corner. I though I would put this line-up out one more time for everyone to see when their favorite band is going to b hitting the stage, don’t worry they are all amazing acts and this year is sure to be one for the history books. Hope to see everyone there and keep an eye out for our next river clean because they’ll be coming in full force when we get this event out of the way.


Friday June 15th

 4:00-4:45- Dry Mill Road

5:15-6:00-Jake and The Burtones

 6:30-7:15-Steal the Prize

7:45-8:45- Yarn

 9:30-11:00 Iron Horse

 Sat June 16th

 11:00-11:45-Lonesome Highway

 12:00-12:45-Circa Blue

 1:15-2:00-Allen Thompson

 2:30-3:15-Love Cannon

 3:45-4:30-Acoustic Burgoo

 5:00-5:45-The Shakedown

 6:15-7:00-Driftin Westward

 7:30-9:30-Rhonda Vincent

 10:00-11:00-Holy Ghost Tent Revival


Shenandoah Riverside Festival – June 15 and 16 in Berryville, Virginia


b_300_388_16777215_0___images_0_Images_SarahSilvas_Shenandoan_Festival_Pic.jpgThe Shenandoah Riverside Festival will be back for the third year in a row this June 15 and 16 at Watermelon Park in Berryville, VA. The beautiful, tree-lined grounds of Watermelon Park visually wow you while the temperate weather and cool waters keep you comfortable all weekend long.

Free camping is the way to go at this festival – both tents and RVs are allowed although an additional $15.00 is required for RV electric and water fees. Pre-sale tickets are available for $40.00 and will be $55.00 at the door. With kids under 13 entering for free, this festival is certainly one of the most affordable (and family-friendly) of the summer.

What’s even better is that the proceeds from this annual event benefit Earth Korps and cleaning up the Shenandoah River. Funds from the last two events totaled over $15,000, making it possible for Earth Korps to extract over 47,000 pounds of trash from the river. The environmentally friendly initiatives don’t stop there – all weekend there will be environmental education workshops along with arts and crafts to keep you busy and fill your brain with knowledge.

Talented musicians will fill the air with lovely melodies for a half-day on Friday, then a full-day on Saturday. This year’s performers include Iron Horse on Friday, the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival on Saturday, among many others. Check out the full lineup and schedule below.

One activity not to pass on is a leisurely float down the river. Watermelon Park is offering 20 percent off all tube rentals to festival ticket holders. Head over to their website to make your arrangements today.

Make sure to check out Headstash’s 2012 Festival Guide for all your summer festy info.

Shenandoah Riverside Festival Schedule:

Friday, June 15
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dry Mill Road
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Jake and The Burtones
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Steal the Prize
7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Yarn
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Iron Horse

Saturday, June 16
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Lonesome
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Circa Blue
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Allen Thompson
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Love Cannon
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Acoustic Burgoo
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. The Shakedown
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Driftin Westward
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Rhonda Vincent
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Holy Ghost Revival Tent


Hey folks,

Well we finally got ourselves some good weather and had a chance to get out there on the river and do something. It was only a few of us but we got a whole lot done. We will plan another clean very soon so stay posted and remember to continue to support your local non-profit and spread the word about the things that are happening. We will have the weights in the next few days. Stay Tuned! As always enjoy our pictures. Also early bird tickets are running out for the Shenandoah Riverside Festival. Get your tickets and help Earth Korps help you by continuing our work on the water.




March Newsletter

Hey folks,

Lots of big things going on here in Earth Korps land. First and foremost we are knee deep in blue grass and are gearing up for our annual fundraiser the Shenandoah Riverside Festival. We are featuring artists such as Rhonda Vincent, Iron Horse, Allen Thompson, Dry Mill Road, Circa Blue, Lonesome Highway, and many more. Please see www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com for more details. There are only 499 early bird discounted tickets for sale and they are going fast so please get your ahead of time because we’re warning you now, there aren’t many left.

Also we are getting ready to kick-off clean-up season because our weather has been so nice lately. Our first clean will be this Sunday March 25th at 9:00 A.M. at Burnshire dam in Woodstock. We are taking out a group of Centrals finest for our first clean and it should be a good time.

We are also in the process of now seeking sponsors for the overhead on our festival to offset cost. Sponsor names will be featured on both www.earthkorps.org and www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com and will also be on any banners or things we have at the show.

We still have spots left for a few more environmental non-profits to attend free of charge and spread the word about their cause at the festival. Please e-mail earthkorps@yahoo.com for more information

We still have food vending spots available and info for those can be reached by sending an e-mail to mike@waternmelonpark.com

We still have craft vending spot available and info for those can be reached by e-mail at casey.bergey@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing all of you out on the river this year and remember that if you want your company to be featured during one of our river cleans or road cleans to send your interest in an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com

Thanks to everyone who supports the Shenandoah River clean-up project.

Hey folks,

Sorry for the long pause. E.K. has been super busy planning your next big music festival for you. We can’t wait to see you out there with us in Berryville. Tickets will go on sale later today and I will re-blog with the link. Remember we only have 499 early bird discounted spots available and trust me they are going to go fast so make sure you get them while you can. We’ll talk to you soon!!



I’ve got some great news. The 2012 Riverside Festival is underway and we are expecting quite a turnout. We have been working very hard with the people at Watermelon Park to ensure that this year is something else. We have also decided to open up the fundraiser and let any non-profit that is representing the environment be welcome to set up a booth at the festival to preach on their cause. We want the riverside festival to be huge and why not get  as much educational material out there as possible. So if you are involved with an environmental nonprofit or know someone who is please e-mail your interest to earthkorps@yahoo.com and we’ll get you set up. Also I suppose I should release a few of our bands to you. We have so far the legendary….

Rhonda Vincent


Drifitn’ Westward


Acoustic Burgoo

Allen Thompson Band

Jake and The Burtones


The Shakedown

Steal the Prize

That should be enough of a teaser for right now. The pictures are linked to the bands websites. Check em out and get ready because tickets go on sale March 1st. Tell all your friends, tell all your non-profits

2012 S.R.F Headliner Survey

Hey folks,

I’m starting to look at a possible headliner for this years festival. This is your chance to cast your vote for who you want to hear. I’m not talking about bringing back the kiss tour or anything crazy like that but I’ve been looking at a couple of up and coming bands like Joe Pug, Trampled By Turtles, Punch Brothers, The Hackinsaws Ect. Here’s your chance to let me know if there is anyone out there that masses of people want to hear and I will do my best to see if I can make something happen. We’ve got some good changes coming to you this year and I think this year is going to be one for the record books. Feel free to post your responses on facebook.


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