There’s just a little time left to grab tickets at early bird prices for Old Settler’s Music Festival’s inaugural year at its new home in Tilmon, Texas, 12 miles southeast of Lockhart. Early bird prices end on Monday, Jan. 15, for the April 19-22 event, so fans planning to be on hand as the 31-year-old festival begins the next chapter of its celebrated history should act now. Discounted early bird three- and four-day camping and non-camping packages also are available.
Old Settler’s already has been widely recognized for its contribution to Central Texas culture; with over 30 bands performing for 16,000 roots-music fans each year, it’s considered among the major events that help the region sustain its status as the “live music capital of the world.” And now, as it plants roots of its own on its new 145-acre property, Old Settler’s cements its status as the sole spring roots-music and camping festival in the Central Texas area.
This year’s enticing array of artists now includes Austin icon (and iconoclast) Bob Schneider, the runaway record-holder for the most Austin Music Awards (53!), and the Cleverlys, a Ramones-meet-Weird Al “family” band that twists pop and rock hits into bluegrass rave-ups. They join a list of talent that runs the gamut from JD McPherson’s rockabilly and the California Honeydrops’ blues and R&B to Southwest-rooted Americana act Calexico and harmonizing “sisters” Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, performing as I’m With Her.
The still-growing schedule also includes Americana rocker Will Hoge; progressive bluegrass band the Jon Stickley Trio; gospel/soul/folk duo the War & Treaty; the Grateful Ball, “a deadicated celebration” of the Grateful Dead’s music by the Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band (Austin’s band also plays a separate weekend set); groove-jammers Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth and Donna the Buffalo; bluegrass traditionalists Balsam Range; “Celt-grass” players We Banjo 3; singer-songwriters Steve Poltz, Colter Wall and Wimberley’s own Ray Wylie Hubbard; Austin psych-folk band the Deer; roots-pop-bluegrass band Front Country; folk band Darlingside; Grupo Fantasma player José Galeano’s side project, Galeano; flatpicking wunderkind Billy Strings; Austin blues boys the Peterson Brothers; and 2017 Youth Competition winner Sophie Scott. They’ll fill three stages — and four days and nights — with some of the finest sounds being made in America. Or anywhere else.
That’s why the experts at Expedia Travel put Lockhart on its list of “18 Cities that Must Be Seen in 2018,” and specifically recommended visiting during Old Settler’s. Those who purchase camping packages will enjoy the full festival experience, including listening-room-style late-night music with Camp Shhhtimes, a low-volume collaboration between longtime overnighters Team Goodtimes and Old Settler’s.
And now, festival goers who’d rather leave the driving to professionals can hop aboard luxury motor coach shuttles from Austin, San Antonio and Houston. In an effort to lessen traffic issues for Caldwell County residents and Old Settler’s patrons, and to lessen festival-related carbon consumption, Old Settler’s has partnered with FestDrive to offer shuttle service from Austin and San Antonio for $20 each way, and from Houston for $28 each way. For more information and to purchase shuttle tickets, go tofestdrive.busbank.com/old-settlers-express-shuttle.
For those who choose to drive, parking at the festival site will be easier than ever — and shuttle-free.
“The staff and board of Old Settler’s look forward to greeting old friends and welcoming new ones as the festival celebrates its well-established traditions and begins building tomorrow’s,” says festival executive director Jean Spivey. “We couldn’t be more excited about unveiling our beautiful new home and making the Old Settler’s our fans know and love stronger than ever.”
For more information about single-day tickets and package options and to purchase Old Settler’s tickets, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.
2018 Old Settler’s Music Festival Partial Daily Lineup
(subject to change)
The Grateful Ball, featuring the Travelin’ McCourys & the Jeff Austin Band
Donna the Buffalo
The Travelin’ McCourys
We Banjo 3
Donna the Buffalo
The Jeff Austin Band
Sophie Scott, 2017 Youth Talent Competition winner
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan)
The California Honeydrops
The War & Treaty
The Peterson Brothers
Jon Stickley Trio
Ray Wylie Hubbard
About Old Settler’s Music Festival
Old Settler’s Music Festival is Central Texas’ only spring festival offering bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on three stages over four days, along with camping and jamming. Many festivalgoers return annually for amazing performances by award-winning artists such as Sam Bush, Richard Thompson, Bruce Hornsby, the Mavericks, Jason Isbell, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Bela Fleck, and favorite locals such as Patty Griffin and Bob Schneider. For more information, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.