PREVIEW: Aiken Bluegrass Festival 5.12 - 5.13.17
Words & Photos By Bain Stewart Media
Mixed emotions have been plentiful in 2017. Be it unrest, relief, or all/none of the above, your eyes have found their way here. You share the common interest of enjoying yourself amidst others doing the same. With that being said, it’s time to enjoy yourself. The Aiken Bluegrass Festival has released their stacked, long-awaited 2017 lineup. This years headliners include the powerhouse quintet, The Infamous Stringdusters, and a returning Fruition for a second year in a row. These artists are accompanied by a plethora of Aiken Bluegrass veterans and other bluegrass staples such as Larry & Jenny Keel, Allie Kral (of Yonder Mountain String Band), Vince Herman (of Leftover Salmon), Billy Strings, and so many more.
This festival brings a plethora of performers, venders, and attendees from across the country. Music festivals always tend to give their attendees a surreal experience to escape the realities of the “real world.” ABF throws all these feelings at you and more. It’s all one big family. While there’s good music, food, craft beer, and various vendors to be enjoyed by the adults in attendance, there are also various activities and food catering devoted to the kids. At ABF, there is no age cap and there is no age too young to attend. There are outlets to give every single person a safe and enjoyable time. We all love good music; we all love a good time, and it’s safe to say that in majority, we all love dogs. This festival is dog friendly. So while the little ones are running around and the adults are enjoying their good beer and good music, anyone can take a break to say hi to the first dog in sight. In all honesty I’m curious of a better sounding occasion. All proceeds from The Aiken Bluegrass Festival benefit Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities improve their quality of life through safe interaction with horses. Get your ticket. Support a great cause. Have a great time and enjoy yourself. The 2017 Aiken Bluegrass Festival is here for you and everyone else’s good time. See you out there!