From Friday afternoon through Saturday twilight, musicians and performers from the Appalachians entertained audiences at the Hocking Hills Music Festival in Rockbridge.
Hosted by Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville Music Festival, and Duck Creek Log Jam, the festival offered event attendees the chance to camp out and learn about local vendors.
One of the vendors attending the event was Talcon Quinn, a Plains craftswoman who sold her sustainably created merchandise.
“I have a little studio that a friend of mine built as a little house years ago, and I use it as a studio, which runs on solar power,” Quinn said. “A lot of my materials come from working with a game processor in Gainesville. “
Quinn said she sells items on her website, but tends to sell items for less when she runs a vendor tent like at the music festival. Other vendors in the area sold items such as t-shirts, vinyls, CDs, ceramic artwork, art prints and more.
Friday the range included performances by Dead Horses, Darrin Hacquard, Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Cedric Burnside, Yarn, Watchhouse and Del McCoury Band. The evening ended with the Hocking River String Band.
“Yesterday I felt like it was a little more chaotic just because it was like the first day of the festival and the first time we work together and the first time on the site”, Dylan Telerski, director Stuart Opera’s marketing and public relations said of the festival on Saturday. “There was just a lot to sort out, but today has been so smooth and wonderful.”
Saturday, the program presented the Rattletrap Stringband, Parker Louis, Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller, Dori Freeman, Dawna, Sunny War, The Wonderfool, The Brothers Comatose, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Rebirth Brass Band. Some of the performers on the show, including Parker Louis, commented on how thrilled they were to be able to perform live and outdoors.
“I’m really grateful to be back playing for the people on the road,” said Louis. “I love to play outside, man. It’s different. Ask all the musicians playing this weekend; it’s just a different vibe.
Another artist who included anecdotes in their set on Saturday was Dori Freeman, a singer-songwriter from Virginia. Freeman spoke about the origin of his song “Like I Do”.
“(I have) a song I wrote for my daughter. She’s 8 years old now, ”Freeman said. “I think she would be a lot nicer with her response now, but when I wrote the song she was about 4 years old. She was just like, ‘Yeah, I don’t like that.’ Not at all impressed. So naturally I recorded it. Maybe when she’s older she’ll be in it.
The artists had the chance to be more intimate with the festival-goers since the size of the event was supposed to be limited to 1,500 participants.
“It’s awesome,” Misti Crane, a Columbus resident and festival attendee, said of the festival on Saturday. “We are long time Nelsonville folks so we are very happy to be here. It was really great. We love the size of this event.
Crane also said that she felt like it would finally be safe for her to attend an event like this again.
“Particularly because of the lingering concerns related to COVID-19, it was important to us that guests were given the opportunity to have plenty of space to stretch out, relax and enjoy the live music experience,” said said Telerski.