Snapshots: Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA) — 7/13-7/15/18

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels perform at Red Wing Roots Festival in Natural Chimneys Park on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Year after year, The Red Wing Roots Music Festival just keeps getting better and better! And the latest edition, on July 13-15, in Mount Solon, Virginia, was the best yet.

It’s like a big family reunion in an intimate setting, held under the shade of trees in Natural Chimney, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This gathering of music and souls is a yearly retreat for friends and families to play and hear music from different areas of the world.

The Steel Wheels, a local musical group from Harrisonburg, Virginia, host The Red Wings Music Festival, and the band started it in 2013.

The band wished to showcase numerous music genres and explore the roots of American music like blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, Cajun, and zydeco in all forms. In the spirit of passion, and creativity they put the right components into a weekend to celebrate some of the greatest music that brings people together in the great outdoors.

Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels family said:

The name “Red Wing” came from a tune I first learned from my grandfather, Henry Wagler. He grew up an Amish boy in Southern Indiana and “Red Wing” was one of his favorite tunes he played on his harmonica. Before he left the Amish community, he and some of his friends were known to hide guitars and banjos in the hay barn, because in their community instruments were forbidden. At night, they would bring out the instruments and play music as an ad hoc Amish party band.

Families are welcome, with lots of activities.

The Red Wing Roots community has scheduled fun family activities like hoop dance workshops, yoga, runs, hikes, bike rides and kids’ activities with fresh water available, plus a beer garden for the adults.

Thanks to the Steel Wheels, staff and volunteers, musicians, sponsors and vendors, and attendees who make it all happen!

All photos by Chester Simpson.

John Moreland

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

John Moreland – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Joseph Terrell of MIPSO

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Joseph Terrell- Mipso – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Ladama

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Ladama – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

MIPSO

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Mipso- Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Trampled by Turtles

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Trampled by Turtles – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Morning yoga

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Shenandoah Mountain Stage

Music Festival

Nora Jane Struthers & Party Line

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Nora Jane Struthers & Party Line – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Nora Jane Struthers & Party Line

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 13, 2018

Nora Jane Struthers & Party Line – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Wildmans

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Wildmans – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Jon Stickley Trio

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Jon Stickley Trio – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Jon Stickley Trio

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Jon Stickley Trio – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Old Man Luedecke

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Old Man Luedecke – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Crowd at The Steel Wheels

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Crowd enjoying Josh Ritter

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Lighting and sound techs during Josh Ritter’s set

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Natural Chimneys with lights during night performances

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

Stage set for The Steel Wheels

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

For more info and details on next year’s festival, visit the Red Wing Roots Festival website at https://www.redwingroots.com.

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