It was during my second visit to the Nelsonville Music Festival in 2016 that I decided, if I ever have to choose between attending this festival and another festival, I will always choose Nelsonville. It is a festival for people who love music. It is especially for the aficionado who actively searches for new and different music while they hold down their day job.
With the campgrounds across the street from the venue, like-minded fanatics, more than 3 stages, and the chance to see many performers on the main stage and again in an intimate acoustic setting — it is as close as you can get to a music camp for the entire family.
I talked to one family there to see Ween, with each member hoping to hear their personal favorites. I met a group of adolescents in the front row equally excited to see Rodriguez and They Might Be Giants. I got to experience the unsigned Hellnaw which just blew my mind on stage and see some favorites I’ve never seen on stage before like Jenny Lewis. Nelsonville at its core is a celebration of music regardless of your preference, if you’re open-minded enough to try something you’re unfamiliar with, you’re going to find this festival worthwhile every year.