Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

Poor Farm Festival next weekend

Royal Southern Brotherhood headlines at Poor Farm Fest on Sept 7 - Yonrico Scott (left), Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville and Charley Wooten

Royal Southern Brotherhood headlines at Poor Farm Fest on Sept 7 – Yonrico Scott (left), Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville and Charley Wooten

It’s time for the Poor Farm Fest, the third year festival will be Sept. 6 and 7 this year, a Friday and Saturday celebration of music and heritage! Many more food venders and craft venders have joined this year and the music will be both familiar and enlightening.

This year’s headliners include the local sensation The Weight on Friday, and Saturday night is Royal Southern Brotherhood. A total of 14 bands will fill the air with blues, jazz and rock music.

Friday’s schedule starts at 5 p.m. with Freeway Revival a band of youthful travelers who have used their miles of performance to create and enhance an Americana style of music.

The Friday evening show will have Dirk Quinn from Philadelphia with modern jazz, The People’s Blues of Richmond with energetic rock jam, followed by The Weight from our own Lewisburg music scene, and then Fallen Rock Band of Mullins, and Sicman from Virginia Beach.

The Saturday schedule starts at noon with Spongecake and the Fluff Ramblers, Threesound, Food Will Win The War, Maritime Station and at 6 p.m. Lewisburg band Rootz Rock.

As the sun sets Normal Bean Band from Portland, Oregon will perform with Tom Constaten (Grateful Dead) and Cecil P’nut McDaniels (Widespread  Panic) and warm the crowd for the main headliner Royal Southern Brotherhood which includes Devon Allman and Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers).

Two more bands will finish the Saturday performance, The Floorboards from Roanoke with Appalachian roots rock and Sicman of Virginia with a second set of “heavy mellow music for the common man.”

Tickets remain on sale at S.J. Neathawk Lumber in Lewisburg for $40 advance price for the two-day festival, or $25 for a single day. Children 12 and under are always free!

At the gate during the festival the two-day pass will be $50, and single day $25.

Parking is free, and camping is free – you can even set up a “day camp tent” if you aren’t planning to spend all night. Please bring your chairs but not your pets.

The festival is at the old Greenbrier County Poor Farm, 1970 Williamsburg Road, between Williamsburg and Frankford. More information is online at the website www.poorfarmfest.com.