Over the years, FloydFest has progressed and popularity has grown, our favorite weekend has expanded into a five-day experience, unlike any other east coast festival. This year, the headliners are strong, Foster The People, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Gov't Mule, and Old Crow Medicine Show they are all acts you don't want to miss.
I'm not here to state the obvious, instead, a pro tip: the magic is in the undercard (the bands in the third and fourth rows of the lineup) are who pull you out of camp early in the morning, have you dancing in the rain and up late at night to catch their second and third sets of the weekend all because you can't get enough! After careful consideration and hours of research, I give you my fiive can't miss artists for FloydFest 2018.
Erin & The Wildfire - This band's sultry vocals radiate from the show's opening note to final falsetto. The Charlottesville-based band brings attendees out of their seats and to the front of the stage. Their cover songs will keep you singing along but the group's originals will instantly make you feel as if they are a song you already know all the words to. Catch them Friday and Saturday on the Garden Stage and Hill Holler.
Los Chupacabras - Words can't prepare you but the mix of cinematic familiar sounds, brass, congas, keys and percussion. The sounds will saturate your ears in what the group describes as psychedelic, surf, exotica sounds. Kris Hodges, FloydFest's CEO can be spotted among the eight jamming members on vocals and guitar! Catch them in the Deschutes Brewing Libations Tent.
No BS! Brass Band - Coming to the mountain from Richmond, Va. the No BS Brass Band generates an energy unchallenged by any other show on the schedule. Hitting the Hill Holler Stage Saturday evening, they will likely set the precedent for the entire night. Delivering a mix of brass, jazz and funk you'll leave this show ready to take on the world. Touring all over the country this year, and dominating music festivals, the group knows how to throw down!
The Floorboards - Together in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Floorboards have been packing venues and picking up fascinated fans all over the state. They intertwine sounds of roots rock and alt-country, the poignant vibes will stick with you, and the various sets throughout the weekend will lure you back. Featured in June during Floyd Fandango, the band will be back on the FloydFest stages starting Thursday.
Mama Said String Band If you dig bluegrass, folk, and Americana you'll love the group who hit the scene hot and fast releasing their debut album just five months ago in February. Likely to be a hidden gem among a plethora of talent, the lady dominated quintuple will undoubtedly leave their unique mark on the attendees this year. Catch them starting at the Throwdown Stage Friday evening.