Yonderville Music Festival will rock Verdun Adventure Bound this weekend.
The inaugural festival, organized and produced by Max Stone, will be held June 23-24 in Rixeyville.
The lineup features an eclectic lineup of 30 bands and DJs playing music ranging from Bluegrass to electronic dance music.
“Verdun reached out to me and expressed interest in putting together a music festival,” Stone said. “I have a lot of experience promoting music and live events and I’ve been eager to put together a festival for a couple of years now. I jumped at the opportunity.”
Stone, a DJ, started going to live music events when he was 18 and started making connections. He moved from Culpeper to Richmond in 2010 and started promoting more. In 2014, he moved back to Culpeper and has been promoting events in the area ever since.
“I started to gather experience through my own events,” Stone said.
Yonderville was planned to offer something musically for everyone – ranging from Bluegrass to jam bands, to rock, to reggae, all the way to electronic dance music.
The music will be spread out among three stages – a main stage, a pavilion stage and a lounge for DJs.
Friday night on the main stage is going to be more jam bands and electronic while Saturday is more reggae, country, blues, Stone said.
“So we split it up so there’s nothing too drastically being played in sequence,” Stone said. “We’ve left it up to the patrons to what they are most interested in listening to.”
Major acts performing include The Werks (from Ohio), Dirtwire, the Goldtop Country Ramblers, Zach Deputy, the Freeway Revival, Electric Love Machine and many more.
Children are allowed at the concert, 12 and younger are free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Stone said they’ve done everything they can to make this an all-inclusive festival, but warns it is a music festival and there will be alcoholic beverages on site.
“When I look at an event, we haven’t done anything to make anyone alienated. We’ve branded the event as something attractive to all walks of life,” Stone said. “We’ve tried to focus our attention on booking high quality musicians, and bringing the best talent we could afford to this area. I don’t think that there’s much more we can do make this event this any more or less of a family friendly event.”
There will be a non-smoking area and a family-oriented camping area.
Stone said they encourage all concert goers to have a positive mindset and staff will be on site to help with any issues,
Music begins at noon each day and will run to 1 a.m. The concert received a special permit through the county to play later.
“That was very helpful, that was instrumental in creating the type of event that we feel is best to represent the music,” Stone said. “The 1 a.m. extension has helped us draw people from out of town and to help draw people from the service industry.
Stone said the hope is to draw in about 500 people and they’ve sold more than 150 tickets in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Yonderville’s EventBrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yonderville-music-arts-festival-tickets-31649225686