In August of 2009, The Infamous Stringdusters played the Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival on the ground of Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County.  The event was created by Cerberus Productions a Charlottesville-based event production company.  The Stringdusters and their Charlottesville-based management team, The Artist Farm, had been discussing the possibility of creating a festival based on The Stringdusters’ years of experience attending and performing at various festivals around the country.

After Brew Ridge, it became obvious that the location in Nelson was perfect for the type of festival that the band wanted to create. At the same time, Justin Billcheck from Cerberus had been plotting to create a fall camping festival at this idyllic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When The Stringdusters returned to Charlottesville later that fall to record their album “Things That Fly”, Cerberus, The Artist Farm, and The Stringdusters began planning what became The Festy Experience.

Like with many new ventures, there was a challenge coming up with the right name for the proposed event.  The group used the place-holder “The Festy” (a common and generic term used to describe a festival) to refer to the event until a proper name was generated.  At the same time, it became apparent to the partners that creating the right “experience” was going to be essential to the success and sustainability of the event.  As planning continued, the name The Festy Experience took hold…and the rest is history.

The Infamous Stringdusters
Railroad Earth
Josh Ritter
Toubab Krewe
Tony Rice Unit
Old School Freight Train
Trees on Fire
Devon Sproule
Paul Curreri
Crooked Still
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Sarah Siskind
Town Mountain
Morweanna Lasko & Jay Pun
Packway Handle Band
The Infamous Stringdusters
Railroad Earth
David Grisman Sextet
Brett Dennen
Emmitt-Nershi Band
The Wood Brothers
Toubab Krewe
Jim Lauderdale
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Giant Panda Gurilla Dub Squad
Sarah Siskind
Two Man Gentleman Band
Lake Street Dive
The New Familiars
Love Canon
Morweanna Lasko & Jay Pun
The Good Lovelies
Carl Anderson
Trees on Fire
The Infamous Stringdusters
Leftover Salmon
Trampled by Turtles
Keller & The Keels
Sons of Bill
Lake Street Dive
Tony Trischka
Love Cannon
Elephant Revival
David Wax Museum
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Nathan Moore
Joe Craven
Wrinkle Neck Mules
Della Mae
Jesse Harper & Friends
The Steel Wheels
Garret Grass Gospel Hour
Sarah Siskind & The Novel Tellers
Carl Anderson
Jon Stickley Trio
Josh Panda & The Hot Damned
Margaret Glaspy

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