FloydFest has been bringing a world class music festival experience to our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain community since 2002. In addition to the top national and international acts gracing the many stages of the festival, local and regional acts get plenty of stage time as well. One of our favorite parts of the festival is the On The Rise Series. These regional bands are in part selected through a battle of the bands style series of events throughout the springtime put on by Across the Way Productions. These bands then compete at the festival to get the most fan votes to win a spectacular prize.
The winning band is invited to come back the next year to open the festival playing a set on the Dreaming Creak Main stage. They also receive a generous cash prize. Then they get to give Peluso Mics a call and select a custom microphone package. Some band choose mics to help them out on stage or to record their live performances. Some bands use them in their home studios to help them make professional quality demo recordings and albums. Some bands use them in their professional recording studios. However they choose to use them, we are proud to help outfit them with some professional tools to produce their music!
We offer a big congratulations to all the bands we've awarded prizes to over the years: Look Homeward, The MidAtlantic, Swampcandy, Annabelle's Curse, Paper Bird, Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, Megan Jean and the KFB, Lizzy Ross Band, L Shape Lot, Kings of Belmont & many others! Good luck to all of this years contestants!
We really enjoy sharing in the community aspect of the music festival. It is a great place to see the bands you've always wanted to see and to hear what the new bands are up to. Mostly it is a great opportunity to meet good folks who share a love of music!