Austin String Band Festival

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11th ANNUAL

AUSTIN STRING BAND FESTIVAL

October 14 - 16, 2016
Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, Texas

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. TX. Dance all night on Friday, then attend hands-on music and dance 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.

FESTIVAL LOGISTICS

FESTIVAL PERFORMERS

FESTIVAL HISTORY

baby-banjo-thumb.jpg Bring the kids!

We'll have great activities including face painting, jugglers and a puppet making workshop with Natasha La Gitana, on Saturday.


Festival Admission

Tickets are available at the gate by cash, check or credit card.

  General AFTM Member Student *
Friday only
Red Band
$30 $25 $20
Saturday only
Pink Band
$40 $35 $30
Weekend
Blue Band
$50 $45 $40
Kids under 16
Star Band
Free

* students must provide ID

On-line ticket purchase is closed now, but don't worry, you can pay at the gate and there's plenty of room.  So come on down.

Camping

Price for each night

  • Without electricity: $15 per unit
  • With electricity: $20 per unit

Pay at gate on arrival. Or pay Thursday night only to Camp Ben office if arriving early.

Pets

We love dogs, but please leave them at home. 

NO DOGS ALLOWED except service animals. 

 

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Full Poster, suitable for printing, here.


Schedule

Fri- Dance 'Til You Drop Night

7:00 Big Muhly Square Dance, Rich Macmath, caller
6:45 Mini-sets: Britt Irick and Tim Keough,Peter Keane and Vanessa Gordon,The Mayflies
8:15 Jenny and The Corn Ponies, vintage honky tonk
9:45 Eddie Bond and Josh Ellis Square Dance caller Caroline Oakley (Mrs Ellis and Mrs Bond will be accompanying)

Saturday

11-1:30 Chris E. Peterson & Nathan Quiring, Contra dance with workshop 11-12 Marc Airhart, caller
11:00Workshops session 1. Details here
12:15Workshops session 2. Details here
1:45 Mini-sets: Black Diamond, Taylor Lutrell-Williams & Tim Callahan, Toad Road Trio, Rose Griffith and Tim Keough, Ralph White & Little Mazarn, Eliana Salinas, Britt Irick, Aaron Zischkale,Little Mazarn, Silas Lowe et al, Matt Harmon & Mira Dickey
2:00 Bottom Dollar String Band, bluegrass ( with scholarship recipient Josh Moore on banjo)
3:00 Stovetop Rangers, old time/swing/rags
3:00 For kids: Puppet Making Workshop, Natasha LaGuitana
4:00 Christy and The Plowboys , a set of John Clay gems
5:00 Carolina Rowdies from Portland,OR, Old Time (may be 1 or 2 called dances from Caroline Oakley)
6:00 Chansons et Soulards, Cajun (dance music)
7:00 The Barn Owls, Square Dance, Caroline Oakley, caller
8:00 Conjunto Los Pinkys, traditional conjunto (dance music)
9:00 Eddie Bond and Josh Ellis, amazing old time fiddle and banjo duo from Galax area of VA
10:00 High Plains Jamboree, old time/bluegrass/vintage country (dance music)
11:00 Crazy Late Night Square Dance with Carolina Rowdies et al, Caroline Oakley caller

Sunday

10:00 a.m. Gospel Sing in the main pavilion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


EVENTS

2017 AFTM String Band Festival
At Camp Ben McCullouch 
October 2017, watch for dates

 

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