Aged Settler’s, Austin-place audio festivals rebounding from pandemic

The Del McCoury Band performs at Old Settler's Music Festival near Lockhart on April 22, 2022.

South by Southwest returned in March with a scaled-down but generally well-acquired occasion, and we’ll obtain out following 7 days who’s taking part in this fall’s Austin Metropolis Boundaries Audio Pageant. But various lesser Central Texas audio fests are also obtaining back again into a groove this calendar year after an extended pandemic hiatus.

On its ranch in Tilmon just south of Lockhart, Aged Settler’s Music Competition held its 1st standard springtime event considering the fact that 2019 previous month. Outdated Settler’s was dormant in 2020 and also skipped the spring of 2021, ultimately having back into motion final fall with a four-day fest in Oct that featured typically community and regional acts.

This year’s competition highlight was bluegrass legend Del McCoury, who served as artist in home and performed quite a few situations for the duration of the April 21-24 operate. A Friday evening performance on the major phase proved McCoury and his band (that includes sons Ronnie and Rob) remain at the forefront of bluegrass audio, highlighting a working day that also provided performances by neighborhood favorites Sir Female and Brownout as well as North Carolina alt-region band American Aquarium.

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It was not a specified that Outdated Settler’s would endure the pandemic crack. The festival’s board of administrators laid off director Jean Spivey in 2020. Board President Diana Harrell booked the 2021 drop pageant on an interim basis new recruit Talia Bryce assisted her and then took above as director to ebook this year’s lineup. The fest also just lately hired Josh Ball as functions director.