The fourth-annual Carolina Sky Music Festival, scheduled for Saturday at Round Peak Vineyards, offers the best of everything local: music, wine, craft beer, food – and socks.
Organizers announced that the first 200 folks to purchase tickets will receive a free pair of socks from Mount Airy-based Nester Hosiery’s Farm to Feet line.
“Farm to Feet has been a great sponsor for several years for us,” said Ken Gulaian, co-owner of the vineyard and Skull Camp Brewing in Elkin.
“The vibe of the music festival really fits with their target audience,” he said.
The socks offered are the “Franklin” design and the music-themed “Floyd” design – both of which typically retail for more than the ticket price of $15 advance and $20 at the door.
The music kicks off at noon and continues until 9 p.m., set against the natural backdrop that features rolling vineyards, Round Peak itself, the Blue Ridge Mountain skyline and of course, the Carolina sky for which the festival is named.
“If you look out at the mountain top, that’s what dominates,” Gulaian said of the sky. “It’s a really nice venue.”
Most of the featured acts are locally based, with only a couple hailing from outside the region, and even those are from Winston-Salem.
“The focus is on a wide range of musical styles and local music in particular,” according to Gulaian. “The cool thing about it is local artists doing original music. You can see a lot of variety in one place in one day. It’s a great deal.”
The winery owner noted that the festival is the brainchild of Jerry Chapman, a musician with the Mediocre Bad Guys, a local band that frequently preforms at the vineyard.
“I give him a lot of credit,” Gulaian said. “I would call him the orchestrator of the festival. He puts it all together.”
The lineup this year includes nine bands:
• Mediocre Bad Guys
• George Smith
• Janus 4-14
• Doug Davis & The Solid Citizens
• Muddy Creek Players
• Jerry Chapman
• Clay Howard & The Threadbare Trio
• The Twang Doctors
• Gypsy Lauryl
The audience is welcome to bring coolers, picnics, lawn chairs, blankets, anything except outside alcohol.
Round Peak wine and Skull Camp Brewing craft beer will be available for purchase as well as food cooked on the winery’s smoker.
“We are going to reveal a new beer at the festival,” said Gulaian, adding that several new wines have also recently debuted.
He kept mum on the details of the new beer except to say “It should be really good. We’re excited about it.”
For more information or to purchase tickets visit RoundPeak.com or call 336-352-5595.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.