WANT TO GO?
Nelsonville Music Festival
With Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Dawes and more
WHERE: Robbins Crossing at Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio
WHEN: Friday through Sunday
TICKETS: Weekend pass $85, Friday or Saturday only $60, Sunday only $50
INFO: 740-753-1924 or nelsonvillefest.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Nelsonville Music Festival returns Friday for an eighth year in Nelsonville, Ohio. Produced by Stuart's Opera House, the three-day music event has previously included appearances by Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, George Jones and The Flaming Lips. This year, it features headliners Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird and M. Ward, as well as 45 other acts, including Guided by Voices, Todd Snider, Dawes, Hayes Carll and Todd Burge.
The gazz spoke to marketing and promotions director Brian Koscho about the growth of the festival and why it's worth the two-hour drive from Charleston or Huntington.
Q:How did the festival start?
A:"The festival started eight years ago as a chance for us to do bigger shows and bring more people to Nelsonville. Stuart's Opera House seats 400 people, 450 as standing room, maybe. Having a festival seemed like a way to bring in bands you wouldn't hear in the Opera House. I mean, Mudhoney might play the festival, but that would be weird in a sit-down theater. It would be cool, but a little bit strange."
Q:What was it like in the beginning?