Throughout its eight-year history, The Festy Experience has worked hard to produce a diverse festival experience that illustrates its core values: a family-friendly atmosphere, a love of craft food & beer, appreciation for the outdoors, and of course, stellar music. This year The Festy Experience will be held October 5-8 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. The lineup comprises a carefully curated blend of national and local roots music acts including Ani DiFranco, Phoebe Hunt, and Elephant Revival, whose member Charlie Rose kindly took some time to answer a few questions via email about The Festy, the importance of giving back, and more.
This is the Festy’s 8th year. How many years have you been involved and what makes the Festy special such that it has you returning? If this is your first time performing, what made you want to be a part of it?
This is Elephant Revival’s third year playing Festy. We love to be a part of music gatherings and celebrations. The Festy is a great opportunity to come together with fans and friends in other bands and make a joyful noise!
Being that performing is what you do, do you also like to catch live music? Is there anyone, in particular, whom you are excited to see or are planning on seeing for the first time at Festy?
Haha, I don't care much for music myself ;) (just kidding). I'm really excited to see Phoebe Hunt and her amazing band! Also, Della Mae is a must see. And any and all Stringdusters will get my ears to perk up!
You perform in such varied settings and venues; does your approach to a show differ whether it is outside or in a smaller theatre?
We approach it in pretty much the same way, but knowing the result will be different. When you're playing inside, the sound is contained and compressed within a space. When playing outside, the sound is free and can keep traveling beyond the audience into the cosmos! Both can be fun and magical, but we prefer being outdoors generally.
The highly lauded Petals was released in 2016. Is there new music on the horizon?
Absolutely, there is more music on the horizon. We are excited to get back in the studio soon and have new music to share in the coming year!
Continuing that theme, what’s ahead for the remainder of 2017?
Touring, regional winter shows in Colorado, recording!
Supporting humanitarian causes is something that you are actively involved in. What makes giving back important to you?
Giving back is just the right thing to do. Also, it helps to pay it forward and give us a feeling of balance for all the grace and hospitality we receive in our experience. The world is a mirror and we want to make a positive reflection!
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