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Old Settler’s Music Festival: 10 Things You Should Know

  1. Old Settler’s Music Festival emerged on the Austin, TX music scene in 1987, which is also the same year SXSW got it’s start. In 26 years however, Old Settler’s remains beautifully the same, in all the right ways. And while it’s musical acts get better with each passing year, the festival’s size (10,000 cap) remains intact.
  2. The festival used to be dubbed the “Old Settler’s Bluegrass Festival.” They officially changed the name in 2000.
  3. The festival has taken place in 3 different locations over the course of it’s existence. First, at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, TX. Second, at the Stone Mountain Events Center in Dripping Springs, TX. And it’s third and current location is at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch grounds in Driftwood, TX.olds
  4. Onion Creek. It’s breathtaking, and serves as the perfect backdrop to the perfect festival.
  5. Jean Spivey. She’s the brains and efforts behind Old Settler’s, and we have her to thank for being ahead of the roots music curve, and bringing attendees the hottest acts just before everyone else discovers them.
  6. Comin’ back for more. A pattern you’ll find at Old Settler’s is that most of the acts who play the festival have played in the past, which is often stated by the artist while on stage, and followed by a proclamation of their love for the festival. It’s also part of the reason that OSMF fest-goers keep returning too — it’s music and an atmosphere they can trust.
  7. It’s family-friendly, all the way. Just one visit to the festival and you’ll realize that your chances of encountering a happy 3-year-old, 20-year-old, 30-year-old or 60-year-old are equal. There’s an abundance of every age at this fest.
  8. Camping. There’s plenty of it at Camp Ben McCulloch, and will provide a haven for those fest-goers who subscribe to the “Come early, Stay late” mentality.
  9. Jam Sessions. Not only are they encouraged, they are highly anticipated, due to the fact that you can find just about anyone jamming just about anywhere. You may even find headliners around campfires with their guitars in hand.
  10. Not overcrowded, not overpriced and certainly not over. Unlike some other fests, every aspect of Old Settler’s is easy. In addition to paying a below average entrance fee to the festival, do you want to be standing in the front row to see your favorite band? Sure, because at Old Settler’s that is not only possible, it’s probable. Based on its history thus far, I can assure you that Old Settler’s will remain this way for years to come.rbz-old-settlers-music-07


Old Settler’s Music Festival takes place over four days (April 14-17, 2016) at the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood, TX. This year’s lineup and more information can be found at: http://www.oldsettlersmusicfest.org/

(Header Photo Source: Glide Magazine)

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