Returning for its second year, the Shack Band will host their annual Shack Up festival August 5-6 in Richmond, Virginia. The summer 2016 lineup features local staples The Southern Belles, Moroccan influenced jam-tronica Jouwala Collective, ska- rockers Murphy’s Kids, bluegrass outfit Slack Family Band, as well as Atlas Road Crew coming up from Athens, Georgia.
Shack Band originated in Blacksburg, Virginia as a collective of musicians jamming in a defunct house that would later become the group’s namesake. In 2010, the band’s current lineup of Bobby Hudson, Mason Owens, Andrew Gillespie, Hunter Pease, ( Josh Crowley would be added later on horns), moved to Richmond and began to carve out a niche for their brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Touring with bands like Moon Taxi and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and appearing at countless festivals, including this year’s FloydFest, the band has been on the ascent and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
This year’s format appears to be very similar to last year’s, with music on three stages over the two days. Richmond’s favorite local spots, The Camel and The Broadberry, will host music Friday and Saturday night, with an outdoor patio stage lineup during the day on Saturday at The Broadberry. The Shack Band will play a late night set both nights at The Broadberry.
Friday night at The Camel happens to mark the continuation of one tradition and the nearing end for another. First, the Slack Family Band will play one of the monthly Beer and Banjos to start off the night, followed by what will be a guaranteed barn burner by The Jouwala Collective. To finish out the night, The Southern Belles will be playing one of their last first Friday sets, a residency that will be ending in December with their 48th Friday show. This, plus the hosts and Atlas Road Crew at The Broadberry, will make Friday night especially a not-to-miss.
Starting with the outdoor stage at 2 p.m, the fun will continue all day on Saturday. Life on Mars will be bringing the Bowie, and Stop Light Observation will be bringing a dose of southern psychedelia up from Charleston, South Carolina. The Camel will be keeping it funky with Dale and The ZDubs and veterans Murphy’s Kids. Shack Band will close the night out at The Broadberry with Lord Nelson, as well as The London Souls taking the final spot.
Written by Max Wiggins