Appaloosa Music Festival welcomes Gaelic Storm, Mandolin Orange, and more



The 4th annual Appaloosa Music Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 2, , at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia (just an hour drive from DC).

Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka, who front the nationally touring band, DC-based Scythian, Appaloosa Music Festival programs rising stars performing bluegrass, Americana, and Celtic music.

Among the featured performers scheduled at this year’s three-day roots music-inspired festival are Scythian, Gaelic Storm (Saturday headliner), Mandolin Orange (Sunday headliner), Town Mountain, Humming House, and Six-String Soldiers.

In recognition of the festival’s growing prominence, The Virginia Tourism Corporation recently awarded it a substantial grant as part of its 2018 Music Festival Sponsorship Program, Virginia is for Music Lovers.

In addition, to the extensive lineup of performers, the festival includes a kid’s zone, market place for local goods and services, food vendors, and a beer garden.

The collaborative spirit of the festival flows into the jam tent, where attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments and participate, with all levels of musicians welcome.

The evening activities include an indoor late-night jam, which brings festival artists together to collaborate in a unique musical experience. For many, this is a highlight of the festival.

Tickets can be also purchased online in advance or at the gate. Active Duty Military and Veterans receive 10% off all tickets and kids under 12 are free. VIP options and tickets to Late Night Jam shows are also available for purchase. A portion of festival profits are donated to charity. Beneficiaries include the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1860 in Front Royal, Virginia, and the Appaloosa Blue Ridge Arts Foundation.


Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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