Lynchburg Music Fest hints a 2020 venue

Fans line up at last year’s Lynchburg Music Fest in Wiseman Park. This year’s event will take place at a yet-to-be-disclosed farm south of Lynchburg. {Photo Credit: Stacy Preston Photography}

MOORE COUNTY — They recently added a third date to their normal Friday, Saturday line up and now Lynchburg Music Fest organizers are hinting at their 2020 venue … though they are stopping short of an exact address just yet.

“All the details that we are giving at this time is that it is a private farm on the south side of the county owned by Lynchburg Music Fest called Music Hollow,” LMF Founder Jonny Hill told us. “It is a huge farm and everything will be on site this year. We will be giving the exact location soon.”

Earlier this year, the event announced that it would now take place on three days, October 2-4. Kip Moore will headline Sunday. Other performers have yet to be announced.

Tickets for the 2020 Lynchburg Music Fest are available now. Click here for more details. •

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Metro Council meets tonight … virtually

LYNCHBURG — The Metro Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. In order to follow social distancing recommendations, 10 people (including council members, the mayor, department heads, and the media) will meet at the American Legion Building. Other council members and the public will attend remotely. For credential to login into the meeting, contact the Metro Mayor’s office at 931-759-7076.

Monday night’s agenda is packed. In new business, the council will consider language clarifying language for several Metro ordinances. They will also hear a resolution to adopt personnel policies and to apply for a litter grant. Additionally, they will consider a resolution to allow the Metro Water Department to lease or purchase new water meters.

On budget news, the council will consider the final budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year and consider a recommendation from the Budget Committee to dissolve the Urban Services Fund into the General Fund. The Metro Council will also consider a spending plan for the Governor’s Local Government Support Grant.

Metro Council member Wayne Hawkins has asked to speak to the council at large about two items HB 2038/SB 2076 and a Car Club Event Resolution. As you’ll recall, during the March 16 meeting, Hawkins appeared before the Metro Council on behalf of the Whiskey Runners Car Club, the organization behind Lynchurg’s fall car show, Cruisin’ in the Hollow. The organizers were concerned that their event, which traditionally happens on the first weekend in October, would conflict with the Lynchburg Music Fest’s new date, October 2-3. However, after The Times spoke with LMF organizers, we confirmed that there was no conflict because the music festival would be held at a different location this year. Click here for that article. •

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Lynchburg Music Fest confirms October dates

Kip Moore with a bottle of Jack Daniels
It could be our imagination, but it looks like Kip Moore’s holding up a bottle of our local product to the crowd at a recent performance in Canada. He’ll headline Friday night at the Lynchburg Music Fest’s 2020 event, which organizers confirmed this week is still scheduled to take place October 2-3 at a new, yet to be announced location. {Photo Provided}

LYNCHBURG — Igniter Productions, the creative team behind the Lynchburg Music Fest, announced this week that the October dates for this year’s festival are still a go. The 2020 festival is scheduled for October 2-3 in a still undisclosed new location.

In March, the festival announced their first headliner, Kip Moore.

He landed early on the Bro Country scene singing songs about trucks, beers, and small town Friday nights. So, it’s fitting that he’ll headline the most famous small town in America on Friday, October 2.

Born in Tifton, Georgia, Moore began his music career during his college days a Wallace State Community College before moving to Nashville in 2004 where he met songwriter and producer Brett James. James – who wrote Carrie Underwood’s famous Jesus Take the Wheel – took an interest in Moore and helped him sign a publishing deal.

Moore’s well know for his chart-topping single, Something Bout a Truck, which hit number one on the Billboard country charts. He followed that song with success like Hey Pretty Girl and Beer Money. Last August, he released an anticipated single, She’s Mine, the first song from a much anticipated upcoming album. To hear it and watch the video, click here.

His Lynchburg Music Fest performance will come just in time to maybe hear a few more songs from the new album along with those radio favorites he first became famous for.

Tickets for the 2020 Lynchburg Music Fest are available now. Early bird pricing for a General Admission Weekend Pass is just $75. VIP tickets are also available. Click here for more details. •

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No conflict, Music Fest says about October Wiseman Park event date

Lynchburg Music Fest crowd
Crowds gather last year at the Lynchburg Music Fest in Wiseman Park. The 2020 event will take place at a still yet to be announced new venue. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It seems to be a complete misunderstanding.

On Monday night, Metro Council member Wayne Hawkins appeared before the Metro Council on behalf of the Whiskey Runners Car Club, the organization behind Lynchurg’s fall car show, Cruisin’ in the Hollow. Why? The organizers were concerned that their event, which traditionally happens on the first weekend in October, would conflict with the Lynchburg Music Fest’s new date, October 2-3. Both Hawkins and Whiskey Runners Car Club member Wayne Cook, who also appeared before the Metro Council, were both working from the assumption that the Lynchburg Music Fest intends to hold it’s 2020 event in Wiseman Park.

That’s not true, according to Igniter Productions Jonny Hill, who The Lynchburg Times spoke with on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m very aware of the Whiskey Runner’s car show,” Hill said. “In fact, I’ve attended it many times and even entered my 51 GMC a couple of times. By no means would we every step on the toes of an existing event.”

At Monday nights meeting, Cook seemed confident.

“They are advertising right now on The Duck,” Cook exclaimed to Mayor Lewis as she tried to set his mind at ease by explaining that no one from Igniter had appeared before her to ask permission to use the park for this year’s event. “They are saying it right now on the radio,” Cook argued. “You can buy tickets. You can look it up on your phone.”

While it is true that tickets are now on sale for the October event, and they are indeed advertising on 93.9 The Duck, the verbiage on all of the above does not list Wiseman Park as the location of the 2020 event. The carefully-crafted wording stops short of naming the park the 2020 venue and simply talks about the park as the location of the inaugural event.

“The inaugural Lynchburg Music Fest, was a two-day music and camping festival featuring dozens of country and bluegrass bands on three stages in beautiful Wiseman Park in historic Lynchburg,” the LMF website and Facebook page states.

Igniter announced Kip Moore as Friday night’s headliner last Tuesday. In a press release, they stated that the “second annual Lynchburg Music Fest will take place on October 2 and 3, in a new venue in Lynchburg.”

Hill says that they are still working on details and contracts and for that reason his organization isn’t prepared to announce the new venue just yet but he hopes to make the announcement sometime in April.

For more information about the festival, visit their website or Facebook page. •

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Shine On Series launches on Feb. 1

Michael Allen and Matt Dillon
Last year’s Shine On Series winners, Michael Allen (left) and Matt Dillon (right) earned spots at the 2019 Lynchburg Music Fest. {Photos Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Music — Last year’s Shine On Series brought us artists like first place winner Michael Allen, and People’s Choice winner Matt Dillon. It also introduced us to acts like the Vending Machine Bandits, Sarah Pearson, and Logan Wheat. Since then, many of them have become regulars on Lynchburg live music scene – playing at Frontier Days, the Lynchburg Winery, and the Lynchburg Music Fest.

On February 1, Lynchburg’s own version of The Voice meets American Idol kicks off again as the third season of the Shine On Series returns to The Lynchburg Winery. It’s a singer, songwriter showcase in front of a live audience and radio audience. The event’s also hosted by Igniter Productions and utilized as a feeder competition for the Lynchburg Music Fest.

For musicians, prizes include cash, a possible music publishing contract, and a slot at this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest. All songs performed must be original music (no covers allowed). There a two song entry limit and the fee is $25 per song. To submit demos for consideration, click here.

For local music fans wishing to watch the show or reserve a table, individual tickets at $5 per person or $50 per table. Performances will take place on four Saturdays: February 1, March 7, April 4, and May 2. Performances take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, check out Igniter Production’s website or Facebook page. •

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Moore County native plays music fest

Featuring Lynchburg’s own Daniel Hardin

EVENTS — You may already know about bluegrass powerhouse Becky Buller. She’s an eight time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) winner. In fact she made history in 2016 by becoming the first artist ever to win both instrumental and vocal categories. She’s the first female to win Fiddle Player of the Year. She’s also a bluegrass triple threat who’s taken home not one but two Grammys for her songwriting chops.

(From left to right) Members of The Becky Bueller Band are Ned Luberecki, Lynchburg’s own Daniel Hardin, Becky Buller, Nate Lee, and Dan Boner.

But what you may not have known is her bassist and tenor vocalist is Daniel Hardin from Lynchburg. Hardin works at Jack Daniel’s Distillery as a master machine operator and serves on the Jack Daniel Fire Brigade. He’s married to Cortney Hardin. The couple lives in Moore County with their three kids: Christian, Charlie, and Corleigh.

Behind Daniel’s quiet, unassuming exterior exists an accomplished musician, who’s toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K.

“I’ve been playing music for 32 years,” Hardin says. “I started playing bass at six years old and today I play three instruments … bass, guitar, and piano.”

Besides Buller, Hardin is joined on stage by banjo player Ned Luberecki, guitarist Dan Boner, mandolin and twin fiddle player Nate Lee.

“Becky is super talented, and everyone else in the band are outstanding musicians and singers,” Hardin said.

When ask if he’s excited about playing in front of his hometown, Hardin beams with excitement. He also says it will be fun to guide his band mates around the square and tour the distillery together.

“I really want them to experience how nice everyone is here,” he says.

The Becky Buller Band will play at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 on the Jack Daniel’s Stage. General admission and VIP tickets are still available. Visit the event’s website for more information. •