Old Settler's Music Festival
Old Settler’s Music Festival is so excited about moving to its new permanent home in Tilmon, Texas, southeast of Lockhart, it is kicking off discounted “All-Aboard” super-early-bird camping and non-camping package sales in October — and rolling back prices to pre-2014 levels — while adding a special rate for teens. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 25, for the 31st annual festival, which once again will bring the finest roots music acts from North America and beyond to Central Texas over four idyllic spring days. Newly purchased property gives the festival a 145-acre site all its own just 20 minutes from Lockhart and less than an hour from downtown Austin, with ample (and shuttle-free!) camping, parking and performing spaces.
The still-unfolding saga of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating blows to coastal Texas and beyond has greatly saddened the staff and board of Old Settler’s Music Festival. Like many others, the festival is helping with disaster relief efforts by donating $5,000. Half is going to the Central Texas Food Bank; Caldwell County Emergency Services will help determine how to distribute the other half. Old Settler’s is making its new home just east of Lockhart in Caldwell County, which is among dozens of Texas counties declared disaster areas by Gov.
The Old Settler’s Music Festival will move to a new site starting with the April 19-22, 2018 festival. The 30-year-old organization was surprised and disappointed to receive a letter on Aug. 8 from Scott Roberts, owner of the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion in Driftwood, informing the board that the property would not host the festival in 2018. The festival has been held on that site and the accompanying Camp Ben McCulloch since 2002.
Spring is already returning to Texas’ hill country, which means the 30th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival is coming right up — April 20-23, to be exact. And this 30th-anniversary edition couldn’t be more packed with beloved icons and new favorites, from Grammy-winning hometown girl Sarah Jarosz to East L.A. legends (and festival first-timers) Los Lobos.
Santa has decided to give Old Settler’s Music Festival fans an early Christmas present—word that Texas’ own outlaw-country-loving rockers the Old 97’s have been added to the 30th-anniversary festival lineup, along with Austin’s rising blues boys, the Peterson Brothers. They join a sure-to-be-swingin’ roster of roots music talent appearing Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23, 2017, at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, just southwest of Austin.
The wattage of talent set to shine at the 29th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival just got even brighter with the addition of two-time Grammy-winning Houston native (and 2016 Grammy Nominee) Rodney Crowell, alterna-roots rockers Deer Tick, folk-pop duo HONEYHONEY, psych-folk band The Deer and progressive-acoustic quartet MilkDrive, along with the Jitterbug Vipers performing a tribute to Slim Richey.
It’s November — time to clean out the camper and snap up early-bird special rates for the 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival. The lineup already boasts a fantastic mix of bluegrass greats, from Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, the Del McCoury Band and the Lonesome River Band to Della Mae and the HillBenders (performing their astounding rendition of “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”).
In its 26th year, Old Settler’s Music Festival is putting together one of its hottest lineups ever, but fans must act now to grab discounted ticket packages before they end on midnight Jan. 15. Single-day ticket sales begin Jan. 16 for the four-day bluegrass, roots and Americana festival, which takes place April 18-21 at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch south of Austin and features more than 30 acts.