Our Hoopla Adventures are activities, events and workshops that celebrate the seven amazing values that make up the Devils Backbone culture: Beer Positive, Passion, Adventure, Family, Humility, Integrity, and Stewardship. Every activity starts with a question, “Where do we want to go and how are we going to get there?” Our answer, by doing things the right way, never losing focus of the destination and all the while having fun! Meet the 2018 artists and check out all the adventures!
Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate the 10 songs in his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold.The album, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semiautobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Purgatory is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. So much moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced. “I packed everything in my van and moved to Franklin for three months,” says Baxter. “It was the fist time I ever got to be alone and focus solely on songs like that. All I did was write, write, write all day every day. I was obsessed.”
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Andy Frasco, the 27-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer / songwriter / band maestro / entrepreneur / party starter / everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been cited frequently as “Party Blues,” but the band’s musical inspirations and influences run much deeper incorporating elements of Soul, Funk, and Rock as well as tones of Roots, and Americana, creating a much more diverse sound and style that is distinctly Andy Frasco & the U.N. Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.
Larry Keel Explosion with Alwyn Robinson, Gibb Droll, Jay Starling, Al Al Ingram
Larry Keel is described by music critics and reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to playing amplified, acoustic guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a surprise cover from any number of musical acts all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tim O’Brien, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Danny Barnes to name a few.
Ghost of Paul Revere
“We grew up listening to Radiohead and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd,” says Griffin Sherry, guitarist/singer in The Ghost Of Paul Revere. “Everyone assumed we were a bluegrass band because we were playing these traditional instruments, but we weren’t writing traditional music. We were just writing songs with the instruments we had.” The result is a sound that the Portland, Maine-based band describes as “holler folk,” not because it involves a lot of hollering, per se, but because it invokes the rich communal tradition of field hollers, with their call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies. That sense of musical camaraderie is essential to everything The Ghost of Paul Revere does, and nowhere is it more evident than their sophomore album, ”Monarch.’
Evan plays the banjo, Taylor plays the guitar and together they slam stages as the power duo, Caamp. The childhood friends have been writing songs since 2012 and began performing as Caamp in 2015. In March of 2016, the duo released their self-titled, debut record that has since put them on the map. Caamp is known for their heartfelt sound, and authentic live shows that leave their loyal crowds with hearts pounding. From supporting Rainbow Kitten Surprise on a string of dates, to selling out their own headlining shows in a matter of months, Caamp is connecting with audiences the old fashioned way while making their mark in the streaming world. Most importantly, Taylor and Evan are two good gentleman, writing good music, and plan on…Caamping til’ they croak.
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
After seven years, three albums, innumerable sold out shows, and countless beers, bluegrass mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades appropriately consider themselves a “family” on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster. The bond between the quintet—David C. Lynch [harmonica, accordion, spoons, vocals], Collin Mettelka [fiddle, mandolin, vocals], Russell Pedersen [banjo, fiddle, vocals], Adam Greuel [guitar, dobro, vocals], and Samual Odin [bass]—fuels their creativity and chemistry on stage and in the studio. “Sometimes, it feels like we’re modern day cowboys on some kind of strange journey,” Adam affirms with a laugh. “We’re five friends who set out to do something we enjoy doing, meet interesting people, see old friends, and make some new buddies along the way. Because of that, everything happens organically.”
An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was unlikely to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland, they fashioned their own take on roots music and Indie Folk, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. And a female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past with the future. The result lies somewhere between Indie Folk and Americana, in a nether-region they’ve come to embrace as their own.
Cris Jacobs Bands
Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. Artists across the board have discovered Jacobs’ musicianship and supple versatility, resulting in an impressive variety of formats in which he has played over the last few years. After a decade, five records, and 200 shows a year as principal songwriter and frontman for beloved Baltimore-based band The Bridge from 2001-2011, Jacobs wasted no time continuing to write music of his own and exploring different configurations for his craft. He released his debut solo album, Songs for Cats and Dogs, in 2012, and continued to perform relentlessly, both with his new band and as a solo artist. In doing so, he quickly garnered the admiration of a variety of predecessors and peers: rock legend Steve Winwood saw Jacobs perform in 2014 and soon invited him to open his national tour. The following year, Sturgill Simpson extended the same invitation. Never limited by genre, Jacobs and New Orleans heavyweight Ivan Neville recorded a collaborative album under the band name “Neville Jacobs”, which will be released in 2017. As an adapting, evolving, versatile musician who has survived on his own merit, Jacobs continues to win over audiences of many tastes, as he brings his characteristic authenticity and soul to every set.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching.
Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.
Love Canon doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It’s a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There’s no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool’s errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players — including Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker, and dobro Jedi Jay Starling — add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks.
The Trongone Band
Hailing from Richmond, VA, The Trongone Band is touring in support of their 2017 debut album, “Keys to the House”, released on Harmonized Records. With a sound that Paste Magazine likens to the “freak-outs of My Morning Jacket with the Muscle Shoals-inspired Leslie speakers and The Band’s narrative storytelling”, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact on the Southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana scenes. Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone Band (tron-GO-knee) has grown from a family affair, playing a weekly sold out residency at Richmond’s Cary Street Cafe, to a full on touring machine with the addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Todd Herrington. In the words of Live for Live Music, “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of the Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.”
Dharma Bombs has been playing in the heart of the Commonwealth since 2014 creating a fresh sound in their beautiful home of Richmond, VA. Bringing together twang and swing, lyric and tempo, Dharma Bombs is a raucous fusion of southern sounds. With influences ranging from bluegrass and americana to jazz and country blues, their special folk sound has been heard throughout the east coast at festivals, barrooms, house venues, and concert halls. Utilizing their momentum of years hitting the road and stage, Dharma Bombs continues to explore the power of brass and string to sing with a soul that stirs dancing shoes to flatfoot, two step, and swing. Be sure to check out their debut album ͞Old Time Romance͟ on Spotify and iTunes.
The five members of the ’77z are all veterans of the Virginia music scene, and the band includes current members of Virginia-based bands Love Canon, Indecision, and Positive Collective (to name a few). The ’77z style resembles a roadmap through the Grateful Dead’s unique mixture of genres, American roots music being at its core. The Grateful Dead have continued to represent these things long after they played their last note, and for that, the ’77z are thankful.
Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Adar Seligman-McComas is based out of Charlottesville, Virginia and formed her band, ADAR, in the summer of 2016. The band quickly gathered an enthusiastic following with their compelling original songs and charismatic performances. ADAR draws from a deep well of original compositions and introduces new takes on covers that transcend genres including Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more.
Lurking in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an eclectic herd of friends that go by Los Chupacabras. Inspired by the mythical creature, this ensemble of talented players sprung from the misty hollows steeped in mystery and mayhem. One lone chupacabra is to be feared but together, they synchronize a whole new beast of rhythm. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot them late in the night, holding down a blend of reverb-soaked surf, psychedelic, exotica, and cinematic music.
An art handler by trade, Saw Black is also producer and co-owner of Crystal Pistol Records who lives with his dog Birdie in the South Side of Richmond. He began playing music when his grandfather, a jazz piano player, gave him an electric guitar at the age of 11. Now 28 and having taken on every role within the recording process, Saw Black releases his first collection of self-produced songs in Azalea Days. There are nods to Neil Young and Sparkle Horse, a tongue-and-cheek love song to weed from a state where it’s criminalized, and of course the omens of a relationship that’s fizzling out. Self-reflective as all get-out, Saw Black sings in “Kiss” about taking out his problems on those closest to him, and even prophesizes about “screaming on the pavement” nights before a traumatizing bicycle accident on a bridge
Winstons is a Garage-Soul duo from Virginia, based in Brooklyn, that is steeped in the traditions of American roots music and the legacy of rock n’ roll. Raw, danceable tunes riff on love and lifestyle in a way that is relatable and uplifting on a human, and often primal, level. The band’s dynamic juxtaposition owes as much to Iggy Pop as it does Otis Redding. Winstons’ live performance is delivered with an earnestness that often tumbles into unrestrained improvisation. They released singles ‘Without You’ and ‘Enough’ on Grand Jury and WarHen Records in February 2017. Look for their debut LP in the Fall of 2018.
South Hill Banks
Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals), and Matt Eversole (upright bass) – have carved a niche for themselves with their jam infused bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new. Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., South Hill Banks has gone on to showcase at the IBMAs in Raleigh, NC, win Floydfest’s “On the Rise” Competition, 2018 Rock’n to Lock’n finalist, host a successful monthly residence at The Camel in Richmond, VA, and be feature in the “On the Rise” section in Relix Magazine. SHB has created an ever growing fan base by headlining a multitude venues as well as directly supporting some of the top national touring acts in their genre.
Gold Top County Ramblers
The Gold Top County Ramblers wellspring resides in Sperryville, VA and trickles down the foothills to audiences all over Virginia and beyond. Supporting String Rock, their sophomore release, GTCR has been kicking up dust at all altitudes, sharing their brand ofAmericana/Bluegrass with all types of Music Lover from Skyline Drive to Telluride. They’ve been fortunate to share the stage with such legendary acts as Robin and Linda Williams, The Seldom Scene, Larry Keel, JD Crowe, and Dr. Ralph Stanley, playing inspiring venues everywhere from Skyline Drive to Telluride and from coffeehouses to scenic breweries to theaters to festival main stages.
- Everyone attending Hoopla must have a Music & Adventure Pass
- Pass includes all live music and adventures advertised for that day and access to the Meadows and Outdoor Bar area as well as the Brewpub, Distillery, Summit and Shanty
- Multi-day and Saturday Only passes included access to our “Pop Up” Beer Fest (21 7 Over only) in the Meadows and Outdoor Bar area on Saturday. Pop Up Beer Fest starts at noon on Saturday, while supplies last
- Kids 12 & Under are free and our family activity area will once again be hosted by Little Planets
- Everyone camping must have a “Music & Adventure” Pass in addition to your campsite pass. All pricing is per campsite and not per person.
- When you buy a campsite at Hoopla you are buying a campsite space and a parking space. If it can fit in the campsite size provided, then no additional space needs to be purchased. If you extend beyond the campsite size or need additional parking, we do reserve the right to charge an additional fee for the space.
- Please refer to the chart below for the campsite size, number of cars, and number of tents that are allowed per campsite. If you need more space OR another parking pass that what is described in the chart below, purchase an additional site for your group.
- If you purchase Tent Only or a Car Camping Site which includes only 1 parking pass but pan on arriving in 2 separate vehicles, you will need ti purchase 2 campsite passes. In addition to the parking space, you will also be purchasing more campsite space.
- Since RV space is limited, we ask that you do not purchase an RV space for tear-drop trailers, Volkswagen Campers or anything that is not a Class A, B, C, 5th trailers, Toy Hauler of “Pop-Up” camper.
- Volkswagen Campers, Tear-Drop trailers or anyone that decides to SLEEP in his/her car will be allowed to park in our Tent Only parking areas only if their campsite is contained within the interior of vehicle. You will not be able to setup tents, pop-ups or any additional gear outside your car. Otherwise, you will need to camp in one of the Tent Only camp sites or purchase one of our reserved camping site spaces.