Monday, October 7, 2013

Rockahock Bluegrass Festival: Lanexa, VA - October 17 - 19

The Rockahock Family Fall Bluegrass Festival will run from October 17 - 19 at the Rockahock Campgrounds in Lanexa, VA in the Virginia Tideland region along the historic and beautiful Chickahominy River. Boasting a very strong lineup of National and Virginia-based regional bands performing in a well-regarded campground, Rockahock looks like the right place to be for a mid-October Bluegrass Festival. Headlined by the 2012 & 2013 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Gibson Brothers, and perennial all-star Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the lineup is strong throughout. Let's take a look at the schedule:

2013 Rockahock Family Fall Bluegrass Festival
October 17th - 19th 
Thur 1:00 pm - Open Stage
        2:00 pm - Bluegrass Brothers
 Victor Dowdy

The Bluegrass Brothers are a high energy band playing mostly covers of second generation bluegrass bands with conviction and high energy. Highly entertaining....

Victor & Steve Dowdy
 3:00 pm - Carolina Road

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road bring a respect for bluegrass tradition and a well-seasoned band featuring multi-talented Josh Goforth to every performance. 

Lorraine Jordan
        4:00 pm - Dinner Break  - Free Brunswick Stew for ticket holders
        7:00 pm - Carolina Road
        8:00 pm - Bluegrass Brother
Fri. 11:00 am - Open Stage
      12:00 pm - David Atkins & Republik Steele

Dave Adkins brings a rough, Kentucky sound and some contemporary songs to a traditional base making for a lively and engaging performance. New on the scene, but will soon be much better recognized.
        1:00 pm - Malpass Brothers
The Malpass Brothers are a duo specializing in classic rockabilly, country and early rock & roll covers that sound fresh and new, yet familiar. They're a real audience pleaser.
 2:00 pm - Larry Stephenson Band
Originating in Virginia, this now Nashville-based band featuring the durable and enduring pure tenor voice of Larry Stephenson and the marvelous classic Scruggs style banjo of Kenny Ingram is sure to please.

        3:00 pm - Gibson Brothers
Eric Gibson

Just renamed IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Gibson Brothers' new CD "They Called It Music" is currently at #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts. Here's an opportunity to see one of the very best bands on the bluegrass circuit up close and personal.

 Lee Gibson
     4:00 pm - Dinner Break
        5:30 pm - Dave Atkins & Republik Steele
        6:30 pm - Larry Stephenson Band
        7:30 pm - Gibson Brothers
        8:30 pm - Malpass Brothers
Sat. 11:00 am - Open Stage
       12:00 pm - Highway 249
  1:00 pm  - Grass Cats

The Grass Cats are a fine bluegrass band playing original and traditional material with nuance and fine singing. They've been around for about twenty years, and are making a real national impact at present. 

Russell Johnson
 2:00 pm  - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

From Southern Ohio, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers have extended their range, coming to national prominence in the past several years. They sing lots of traditional material and strong gospel work. They've recently strenghtened their sound with with addition of Shane Sparks on guitar and vocals.

Joe Mullins
3:00 pm  - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, is at once the hardest working performer in bluegrass and the most popular. A great fan favorite, she stays at the Martha White Boutique until the last fan, signing and posing for pictures...a sure-fire winner.
 4:00 pm  - Dinner Break
        5:30 pm  - Grass Cats
        6:30 pm  - Highway 249
        7:30 pm  - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
        8:30 pm  - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
This is a strong lineup and will provide hours of pleasure for people who attend. 

The Details

 Tickets for Rockahock can be ordered here.   You can get information about renting cottages or reserving campsites here. Since we have never been to Rockahock before, it's difficult to provide much first hand information about the campground or festival facilities.  Rockahock has a pretty comprehensive web site though, which should be studied. It looks like a delightful setting for a fall bluegrass festival. Located in Lanexa, VA, just east of Richmond off I-64 and west of Williamsburg, it looks like a perfect place to explore the area's history, which is extremely rich, and local culture.  It is convenient to the entire Washington metropolitan area and Norfolk, VA.  

How to Get to Rockahock Family Campground
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The Stage at Rockahock