Nomadic Roots Festival: Let the festivities begin

The inaugural Nomadic Roots Festival begins Thursday evening at Crimora Park in Crimora. People from all over Virginia will camp out under the stars for three nights to listen to local bands playing around the clock.

Not only will 21 bands be there, but there will also be eight vendors and countless artists, including live-art performances featuring canvas painting, graffiti walls, hula hooping and fire dancing.

The festival has been a dream of Logan Byrd and his college friend, David Eiserman. With the help of Logan’s father, Tim Byrd, the dream has been made a reality.

“Crimora is pretty conservative, so we needed a little help getting all of this together. Ron Sites over at the Augusta Parks and Recreation helped a lot. We couldn’t have done it without him,” said Logan Byrd, whose band, Momentary Prophets will also be performing at the festival.

“We just wanted to get people together to hear good music. There are a lot of bands with a message here. The main thing is to build a community and promote conscious living,” Byrd said.

There will be talks and lectures about sustainability and ecoconsciousnes. The food provided will be all organic vegan.

The festival is a family-friendly event complete with morning yoga on Friday and Saturday mornings.

“This is just a really great way to network and bring people together with a common interest, music,” Byrd said.

Tickets are on sale at the door for $40 for the entire weekend and $20 for a day pass. Music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

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