On the weekend of October 4th and 5th, 2002, Haymaker Productions will bring one of the greatest musical events of the year to Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania, VA. The Haymaker Music Festival is a two-day camp-out and musical extravaganza featuring some of the best bluegrass, rock and jazz acts in the country. With a focus on Virginia artists, we have put together a lineup that includes Bruce Hornsby with Steve Kimock, Leftover Salmon, The Disco Biscuits, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, Ekoostik Hookah, Magraw Gap, Jazz Mandolin Project, Dr. Didg, David Via & Corn Tornado, The Hackensaw Boys, The Larry Keel Experience, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mclaws Drive, Homemade Bread and Old School Freight Train. The Haymaker Music Festival will give people a chance to listen to incredible authentic live music in a beautiful farm setting.

Haymaker Productions is the brainchild of Thomas and Jonas Beals, who wanted to bring the best live music to their hometown of Spotsylvania, VA while simultaneously working to save the family farm they grew up on. The Haymaker Music Festival is a combination of what Haymaker Productions considers to be the finest authentic live music in America (and beyond) and a beautiful venue. From the acoustic Appalachian Bluegrass of Corn Tornado to the scorching blues guitar of British teenage phenom Joanne Shaw Taylor to Philadelphia’s technorganica innovators The Disco Biscuits, Haymaker Productions has put together a powerful and unusual mix of musical styles for their latest festival. While musical genres range from Dawg to Gospel to Pop, the unifying thread that runs through all of these bands is their ability to create powerful live music. We have virtuosos, Grammy winners, award-winning songwriters and even a 1980s top 40 pop icon. All of them shine on stage, play excellent original music and create brilliant moments of improvisation.

The music will be made on Oakley Farm, an historic farm with a Civil War history, a farmhouse on the Virginia register of historic places, and a growing tradition as a beautiful music venue. Home to both the 2001 All Good festival and the 2002 Fredericksburg Freek Fest, Oakley Farm is changing in order to stay alive and productive in an area where the population is booming and development is overtaking open space. Farming faces extinction in Spotsylvania County, but the Beals family has resolved to keep their family farm intact, and has turned to music in order to supplement their existing timber, beef cattle, and forage operations.

Aside from supporting Oakley Farm, a portion of festival profits will also be donated to the George Beals Conservation Leadership Endowment. George Beals passed away in the summer of 2000, but his legacy as an environmental steward and conservation advocate lives on. George spent his life making Oakley farm what it is today; a conservation oriented timber, beef cattle, and forage operation that stands as a model to good farming and conservation practices nationwide. He was a multiple winner of the Virginia Tree Farmer of the year award, and was recognized as a National Conservation Farmer of the year. He spent much of his time and energy as the president of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts and as a vocal advocate of environmental conservation in the Virginia legislature. (He also had a great love of music, and instilled a special appreciation of Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa and The Allman Brothers in his children). The George Beals Conservation Leadership Endowment was created to assist in the education of students who wish to study agricultural and environmental sciences while furthering the cause of conservation.

Haymaker Productions and Oakley Farm are working with local authorities and county officials in order to ensure a fun, safe, and well-run festival. Our vision includes the use of local resources, businesses, and labor whenever possible. The fact that nine of the seventeen bands in the Haymaker Music Festival line-up hail from Virginia serves as proof of our commitment to the local area and the wealth of talent that exists in our home state.

The musical diversity, the significance of the venue, and the relationship with the local community is the aggregate vision of Haymaker Productions come to life. We are honored to have these talented artists at Oakley Farm, and we can’t wait to share our vision and our home with others as we celebrate music, community and friendship.

Facts at a glance:

October 4th and 5th
Oakley Farm
Spotsylvania, VA
Gates open at 5:00PM on October 3rd
Tickets are $55 until August 15th, 2002 and will be $70 thereafter until the day-of-show. If the event does not sell out, tickets will be $85 at the gate, so buy your tickets early!
Camping and parking are included in the ticket price.
No dogs, No open fires.
Tickets are available online and by calling 1-800-594-TIXX

For more information on the Haymaker Music Festival, please visit

[Published on: 8/15/02]

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