Keeping it fresh and family-friendly is the aim for organizers of the 14th annual Riverhawk Music Festival that runs Nov. 5-8 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville.
The four-day music festival offers the opportunity to camp out and take in more than 25 nationally touring bands performing Americana, rockabilly, roots rock, bluegrass, Cajun and more on four stages.
And while the lineup includes past acts, such as 2011 Grammy award winner Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band, no way is this a repeat of last year's show, said promoter Garrett Lind of Lind Entertainment Corp. in Polk City.
"They are the highest energy level you can get as far as a sound that gets people to move and dance," said Lind, 35, who first started attending festivals with his parents when he was 5, and now helps book acts with his dad, Mitch, for the family enterprise.
Topping the list of this year's stand-outs, said Lind, is the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, an unconventional country-blues trio featuring the finger-picking Josh (the Reverend) Peyton, his wife, Breezy on washboard/vocals and Ben Bussel on drums. The band hails from the foothills of Indiana and has played festivals such as Austin City Limits, Bonaroo, High Sierra and Warped Tour. They will light up the stage with tunes such from their fifth release, So Delicious!, which came out in February. It has been garnering positive reviews, as well as some older favorites.
The percussion-based Mamajowali promises to interject a world music festival kind of sound, said Lind, lending even more diversity to a lineup that also includes newcomers such as Trinity River Band, Brothers Comatose and Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, "a high-energy, hard-hitting, Southern rock, kind of soul sounding crew."
While music is the main draw, there are plenty of other things to do.
"We've got a really nice vendor row with vintage clothing, vintage jewelry and stained glass and everything in between," Lind said.
The venue is dog friendly, but there are a few rules to follow. Bring your leashes and expect that all-night barkers and unsociable canines will be shown the door.
Add to that a kids program chock-full of activities meant to keep the youngsters busy from the moment they arrive until the time they pack up. There will be arts and crafts, music workshops, hayrides, treasure hunts, pinata busts and a costume parade.
"I think that's what differentiates us from other festivals," Lind said. "It gives a kids a safe place to enjoy different activities and learn about the music and parents can let the leash out a little bit, and sit back enjoy themselves as well."
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