Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Festival set for Huntersville this weekend

Festival favorite Donna the Buffalo returns to the area Friday to headline Barnstock - a two-day festival that takes place in Huntersville. Aside from the veteran genre hopping Americana act, Barnstock focuses predominantly on local and regional artists covering diverse styles of music.

Friday's lineup, which begins at noon, includes True Life, Something Clever, Golden Boy, Morning Brigade, WeakerCaptain, the Brett Morton Project, the Rusty Knox Band, and Billy Jones and the Pocket. Saturday's bill features Atlas Road Crew (A.R.C.), D&D Sluggers, Keaton Lange, the Business People, Vanished Frontier, Stoney Creek Boys, Blue Fiveone, War Hands, Sugar Glyder, Chasing Pedestrians, Brody and Choch, and Masterjaxx.

Tickets for Friday's show are $25 and open to those 18 and up. Saturday's installment is $5 and open to those age 15 and over. Click here for tickets. Camping passes are also available. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day and music ends around midnight.

Barnstock is located on four acres on Black Farms Rd. near the intersection of highway 73. Davidson's Miles Brown, 20, started the festival in 2009 with the help of family and friends. The grassroots event is not only a showcase for local and regional artists. Proceeds from the 2012 festival will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, American Red Cross, and the Davidson Fire Department. Organizers have donated over $12,000 for the Fire Department since the festival's inception.

A coed sand volleyball tournament will also be held to raise funds for Queens University student and volleyball player Ashley Winters, who is battling Hodgkins-Lymphoma. It takes place Saturday. Learn more about that event here.

Donna the Buffalo (pictured above) played the US National Whitewater Center in April and is the driving force behind the bi-annual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Silk Hope, NC - the next of which is October 4-7 outside of the Chapel Hill/Durham area.