Thursday, April 24, 2014

Old Settlers Music Festival - In Pictures & video

INsite owner Sean Claes made it out to Old Settlers Music Festival for the Saturday and Sunday festivities. Here's some of his best shots.

If you'd like to see all of his shots, visit -  Sean's Old Settlers 2014 Flickr Album


Elephant Revival

Lily & Madeleine
The Del McCoury Band
John Fullbright
Peter Rowan

Gaelic Storm

Darrell Scott
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
Devil Makes Three (pre-show practice)
Sarah Jarosz
INSITE FLASHBACK - Sarah Jarosz in 2002 w/ Spurs of the Moment
The first Old Settlers Music Festival Youth Competition winners
Devil Makes Three
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Lake Street Drive


The Black Lillies


Peter Rowan signing a fan's shirt

Elephant Revival


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Five To See At 2014's Old Settlers Music Festival

Five To See At 2014's Old Settlers Music Festival 

By Sean Claes
This is one of my favorite stand-alone festivals of the year. It's the wonderful bluegrass and gospel-infused music that plays so well with the rock, funk, country and soul that seeps in through the cracks each year. It's the legions of tie-dyed individuals who have taken to Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas year after year. It's the BBQ. It's the volunteers and organizers who make this a wonderful experience. it's the bands who are just fans of the music themselves... with an opportunity to play it for everyone.  It's the fantastic kids area that is as entertaining as it is educational for the kiddos. It's the campers who smell like the earth and the late night impromptu campsite jam sessions.

It's Old Settlers Music Festival and it's coming up this weekend. April 10-13, 2014. There are three-day tickets ($160) and one-day tickets ($75 Fri, $75 Sat, $35 Sun) available (find out about tickets).

Big headliners will be Jeff Bridges and the Abiders, Robert Randolph and The Family Band and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. That alone is worth the price of admission. But the thing I love about festivals is, you get a chance to catch some of the phenomenal and perhaps lesser-known acts.

This year, there are 30 bands that are going to perform over 4 days on 4 different stages. PLUS there's several workshops and other fringe elements to entertain. Here's the schedule - link. We decided to put together a list of our five favorite bands you have hopefully heard of... but if you haven't  we'd HIGHLY recommend catching. And.. because actions speak louder than words... I'll post a video of each.

Darrell Scott and Tim O'Brien
Saturday, 6:05-7:20 PM

Gaelic Storm
Saturday, 5:30-6:45 PM

Dr. Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys
Friday, 5:45-6:45 PM

Elephant Revival
Saturday, 4:30-5:45 PM 
Sunday, 1:20-2:10 PM

Wood & Wire
Thursday, 9-10:15 PM

Hope to see you out there this weekend.
Peace, Love and Bluegrass.

Old Settler’s Music Festival Schedule of Events (click on the image to go to the Old Settlers Website where this schedule is found: