Snapshots: Red Wing V Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA) — 7/14-7/16/17

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The Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Red Wing Roots Festival, a family-friendly celebration of music, features kids events and activities and bike rides in the park. Red Wings V was held in Natural Chimneys Park on July 14-16.

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Don’t Miss: Red Wing Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA), 7/14-7/16/17

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The Steel Wheels will headline Red Wing Roots Music Festival (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Black Bear Productions will present the Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, Virginia, on July 14-16, 2017. Tickets for one day or all three days are available.

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Don’t Miss: River and Roots Festival @ Watermelon Park (Berryville, Va.), 6/23-6/25/17

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A performance at the River and Roots Festival (Photo by Chester Simpson)

With the long, hot lazy days of summer surely finally approaching, what better way to spend a weekend than to lounge by the water and listen to music?

The fourth annual River and Roots Festival, hosted by Shepherds Ford Productions, affords you an opportunity to do just that along the Shenandoah River in Watermelon Park outside of Berryville, Virginia (not far from Winchester) on Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25 with a lineup of bluegrass, Americana, and roots musicians.

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Interview: Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing @ Black Cat, 5/11/16

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Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing (Photo by Shawn Brackbill)

In February, Wild Nothing released a new album via Captured Tracks — Life of Pause, the band’s third after Nocturne in 2012. Wild Nothing is the brainchild of Jack Tatum, a Virginia native who now lives in Los Angeles, and he took inspiration from some fresh sources on the new album. Although Wild Nothing is still very much a dreampop act, Jack was very influenced by Philadelphia soul music when crafting the record.

Critics hailed the album as a shift in sound for Wild Nothing, with NME calling it a “significant step.” Jack and Wild Nothing are touring in support of the album, and they visit the Black Cat in DC on Wednesday, May 11. (I am excited to report that their opener is Charlie Hilton of Blouse, touring solo without her own dreampop bandmates!) Tickets are available online.

Parklife DC chatted with Jack about his inspirations, his touring process, and being true to yourself. Me being me, we also chatted a little about David Bowie.

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