Held at the beautiful Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, Magnolia Fest will be celebrating it's 19th year this October 15-18th. Magnolia Fest consistently features some of the world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and American Roots music. In the second of a series focusing on the artists who will be performing at the Fest, Scott Lane of the Virginia based band The Congress kindly took the time to talk about playing the Fest for the first time, new music and more.
This is Magnolia Fest’s 19th year, but it is The Congress’ first year to play the festival. Are you honored and excited to be a part of it?
Yeah, absolutely. We’re excited to get down there; it looks like the line-up is going to be killer. We’re doing some shows with our good friends Lake Street Dive before the festival, and they’re doing the festival too, so that’s a big bonus for us.
What made you say yes to the invitation to perform at Magnolia Fest?
The Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park is legendary and whenever you mention the festival people get excited. In addition to that, the line-up is crazy, with artists like The Avett Brothers and Tedeschi Trucks Band as well as some artists I haven’t seen yet that I want to check out. I don’t see why one would not want to play there.
Mag Fest is in Florida, which has a vibrant music scene; does Denver, where you are based, have that as well?
Denver really does have a vibrant scene, but we actually just played our last hometown show there and moved back to Virginia where there is very much a vibrant scene as well. The Richmond music scene is super heavy into really old R&B with a mix of jazz and neo-soul in a really unique way. It’s something that’s been incubating there for decades, and we’re excited to be a part of that again.