Just in time to cure winter shivers, Old Settler’s Music Festival announces the addition of two hot bands to the main lineup for the April 19-22 celebration of roots music: Jamestown Revival, Magnolia, Texas’ harmonizing grassroots rockers, and Tomar & the FCs, Austin’s own straight-outta-Stax soul groovers.
Many artists have also been confirmed for campers-only performances at Camp Shhhtimes, the low-volume, late-night collaboration between longtime overnighters Team Goodtimes and Old Settler’s. They include Steve Poltz, Possessed by Paul James, the Stacks, Ley Line, the Deer, Billy Strings and 3% Milk, featuring members of MilkDrive, the Deer and the Greencards.
Camping packages, weekend and single-day wristbands are still available for the festival, which begins a new chapter at its own 145-acre property in Tilmon, Texas, 12 miles southeast of Lockhart. Both loyal fans and newcomers to Old Settler’s — Central Texas’ only spring roots-music and camping festival — are encouraged to take a sneak peek at the new site during the open house, set for Feb. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. Shinyribs (solo), Jeff Plankenhorn and more will perform short sets and refreshments will be served. For directions, click here or go to oldsettlersmusicfest.org and click “Getting Here.” Though the location is in tiny Tilmon, the site address for GPS use is 1616 FM 3158, Dale, Texas 78716.
With over 30 bands performing for 16,000 roots-music fans each year, Old Settler’s is widely recognized for its contribution to Central Texas culture. In fact, it’s among the major attractions that help the region sustain its status as the “live music capital of the world.”
The still-growing list of performers at this year’s festival appears below. For those who would rather leave the driving to professionals, Old Settler’s is offering motorcoach shuttle service from Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Shuttle riders will lower the festival’s carbon footprint and ease traffic for Caldwell County residents and fellow festival patrons. For more information and shuttle tickets, go to festdrive.busbank.com/old-settlers-express-shuttle.
Rest assured plenty of parking space will be available for those who choose to use their own horsepower.
“I’m thrilled at the prospect of welcoming festival friends to our new home during our open house and the festival itself,” says executive director Jean Spivey. “We can’t wait to fill our site with the wonderful sounds of roots music and happy fans.”
For more information about single-day tickets and package options and to purchase Old Settler’s tickets, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.
2018 Old Settler’s Music Festival Partial Daily Lineup
(subject to change)
The Grateful Ball, featuring the Travelin’ McCourys & the Jeff Austin Band
Donna the Buffalo
The Travelin’ McCourys
We Banjo 3
Donna the Buffalo
The Jeff Austin Band
Tomar & the FCs
Sophie Scott, 2017 Youth Talent Competition winner
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan)
The California Honeydrops
The War & Treaty
The Peterson Brothers
Jon Stickley Trio
Ray Wylie Hubbard