Weekend Picks: Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Mt. Solon, Virginia

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Stepping it up with a bold line-up for its second year, headliners performing at the 2014 Red Wing Roots Music Festival — hosted by The Steel Wheels at Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, Va., July 11-13 — include Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Hayes Carll, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge and Sarah Jarosz.

The family-friendly festival features 40 bands on four stages, community dances, kids’ activities, food and craft vendors and access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.

After a successful inaugural, accomplished Virginia-based string band the Steel Wheels are bringing back this new festival close to their Harrisonburg hometown at Natural Chimneys Park in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s a family friendly fest with scenic camping and plenty to do in the Kid’s Zone, which includes special band performances for younger audiences.

The Steel Wheels have occasionally ditched the touring van and done some regional stints on bikes. Since the band members are big two-wheel enthusiasts, the festival features organized road and mountain bike rides on Saturday. You can also take a hike in the nearby North River Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests or bring your rod and cast for largemouth bass and bluegill in Elkhorn Lake.

For tickets, full lineup and other information, visit www.redwingroots.com.


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