at the Beautiful Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, Texas
THE FESTIVAL GOES ON RAIN OR SHINE!!!
3-DAYS OF GOOD MUSIC
It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the Austin area, a music festival with small crowds, a lovely natural setting and close-in parking. Come discover the Austin String Band Festival out at Camp Ben McCulloch (right by the Salt Lick) in Driftwood October 17-19. Dance all night on Friday, then attend hands-on workshops under the trees early on Saturday, then kick back for a day and night of nonstop fiddles, banjos and guitars as more than two dozen bands take the stage. Sunday wraps it up with a gospel jam. Camping at its finest along Onion Creek.
THE SCHEDULE OF ENTERTAINMENT
FRIDAY NIGHT - DANCE 'TIL YOU DROP
The Austin String Band Festival 2014 preparations are in motion! Confirmed performers include -
- Forked Deer with Sharon Isaac, caller
- JWW & The Prospectors
- The Mostly Mountain Boys with Marshall Wilborn, Phil Jamison caller
- Bottom Dollar String Band
- Son Armado
- Silas Lowe
- Los Jankies
- Alfalfa Brothers Reunion
- Gumbo Ce Soir
- Barn Owls with Sharon Isaac, caller
- James Hand with Beth Chrisman and Melissa Carper
- The Mostly Mountain Boys
And many more! Check back soon for the lastest festival details.
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There will be old-time mountain square dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. No experience, no partner needed, all the square dances will be taught.
GOOD EATS & CAMPING
You think the music is amazing at the Austin String Band Festival, wait until you taste this year’s Texas-inspired cooking. Come hungry! We will have brisket, pulled pork and sausage prepared by our local BBQ experts- Seth and Beki Laird. The Weber family and our trusty volunteers will offer up some of the best festival food in central Texas: frito pie, tex-mex, salads, soup, “blue plate specials”, and fresh sandwiches. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome at our table and we will do our best to accommodate food allergies. You can even bring your appetite for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll have bagels, muffins, breakfast tacos and more. We also welcome back local coffee purveyor- David Alan - to provide us with local, organic, and fair trade coffee (both hot and iced) and fresh brewed ice tea throughout the weekend. In the Austin spirit, we use organic and local ingredients when available and prepare much of our food from scratch. The “mess hall” will be serving meals on Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Remember- it’s BYOB (no glass) but we’ll have all the usual non-alcoholic beverages.
Primitive and site camping is in the lovely Camp Ben McCulloch Park in Driftwood, Texas, about 20 minutes from downtown Austin. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot down by Onion Creek.
Workshops will happen on Saturday, October 19th from 11am - 1:15pm.
Lots of jamming opportunities all over the camp, so be sure to bring your instruments.
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL?
Camp Ben McCulloch, 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood, Texas 78619. Directions: Camp Ben McCulloch is within a few minutes of Austin, located 11 miles south of Highway 290 West on Farm Road 1826. From I-35, take Loop 4 to downtown Buda. Head west on Farm Road 967 for 11 miles, then turn left on Farm Road 1826 for 1/2 mile -- Camp Ben McCulloch is on the left.
CLICK HERE for information about camping and Camp Ben. UNFORTUNATELY NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED.
Email us at AFTMTexas@gmail.com.
We always need an army of volunteers to put on this festival. If you could spare a few hours please contact us at email@example.com. If you would like to see what volunteer slots are available CLICK HERE. To go to the Volunteer page CLICK HERE.
AFTM is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to traditional music. We present 2 yearly music festivals highlighting the central Texas music community and featuring local, national, and international folk musicians. Our Mid-Winter Festival is held in late January and features 12 local traditional bands in 12 hours. The festival also promotes designating the month of January in Austin as Folk Music and Dance Month in conjunction with the national and international observance. The Austin String Band Festival is in the Fall and is an old-time and bluegrass centered event with the purpose of passing along traditional music to the next generation of enthusiastic musicians. We also host house concerts, jam sessions, and dances. AFTM serves as an educational and informative resource through its newsletter, web page, and local musician's registry.
2014 MIDWINTER FESTIVAL
Between the workshops, the performances and the silent auction, there was something for everyone at the AFTM Mid-Winter Festival! This festival would not have been possible without the time and effort of so many. We want to sincerely thank those who donated items to the silent auction, the volunteers who helped to make this event run smoothly and last but not least the musicians for being so generous with their time and expertise in their performances and workshops.
The funds raised at the festival will go a long way towards helping AFTM to bring great live traditional music to the Austin community in 2014! Also, we look forward to getting more young people from our community involved in traditional music through our Young Musician’s Grant!
Photos by Tom Delaney can be found at this link - https://www.flickr.com/photos/aftm/sets/72157641171086364/
AFTM SWANNANOA YOUTH GRANTS
Austin Friends of Traditional Music offer two youth grants to attend the Old-Time Music Gathering at Wilson Warren College in North Carolina. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014. You must be under the age of 26 to apply. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS.