The 3rd annual FloydFest, August 13-15, 2004, the unique three day music and arts festival that made its smash debut in 2002, recently announced its roster of musicians signed to the 2004 event. This year's lineup includes legendary mandolin master Sam Bush and his band, I.B.M.A., 2003 award winner and Grammy nominee Del McCoury, bluegrass favorite Mountain Heart, popular Americana musicians Donna the Buffalo, national flatpicking champion Larry Keel and The Larry Keel Experience, reggae legends Culture, Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista and his carnival troupe Beat the Donkey, Railroad Earth, songwriting phenom Dar Williams, Celtic rock sensation from the San Francisco Bay Area Tempest, also from the Bay Area, jam band greats New Monsoon, Canadian Celtic rockers Enter the Haggis, and return act The African Showboyz, nicknamed "darlings of the festival" in 2003 by on-line reviewers MusicToday.com. Many additions will be made to the roster by August, including a host of local and regional talent.
FloydFest includes a large children's area, healing arts workshop, artists' booths and demonstrations, bonfire and drum circle at the Global Village, shaded beer and wine garden, four stages including the Workshop Porch, and the new addition of a Dance Tent which will feature two intimate nights with Donna the Buffalo.
David Grisman 2003 FloydFest by Tony Stack
The family-friendly event drew over 3,000 attendees per day in 2002 and 4,000 attendees per day in 2003. Organizers report early ticket sales in the month of January up by 25% from 2003. Special "WinterPrice" tickets and souvenir ticket packages including on-site parking to the event can be purchased at FloydFest.com or by calling 540-745-FEST (3378). Theme and graphics for FloydFest III A Midsummer's Dream, based on an original watercolor design by local artist Rick Cooley, can be viewed on the website. Promoters say attendees to this year's event can expect exciting surprise additions and an increased commitment to audience involvement and experience.
FloydFest is produced and promoted by the Blue Cow Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. BCA is committed to cultural awareness and preservation through the promotion of quality music and holistic events production. BCA supports local, regional and national non-profit efforts and is affiliated with Stop Hunger Now, Free the Slaves, Blue Mountain School, Amnesty International, Media Foundation, Virginia Birthing Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Local Color, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, and the Binaba shop.
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