Rock Farmer Records presents Camping and Music festival in Newbury Sept. 2 | Arts & Entertainment

The budding music company behind the Rock Farmer Roadshow, Hot Flannel, Mountain Money and Patrick Ross will be throwing a festival in Newbury, Vermont on Labor Day weekend. Rock Farmer Records has been producing shows in the upper valley region and beyond for a few years now. The team, led by Patrick Ross is pulling all the stops as they finish their first ever summer season with a huge party for the fans who make their rural venue model possible.

The evening of Sept. 2 will include campsite space and a bonfire jam session led by Bow Thayer, Alex Abraham and Patrick Ross. Folks can camp overnight or come the next morning for a whole day of music starting with yoga by The Farm Studio, Carolyn Smith, E-RYT500. The Skinny Pancake will be serving food as well as Upper Pass and River Roost beer. The kid friendly event is located right next to Newbury Crossing at the Harvest Moon Farm. Visit for information and ticketing.

Q&A with Patrick Ross

Q: Why do an outdoor event on September 2 & 3?

A: It’s something to do. I grew up in Canaan, way up on the Canadian border. It’s a reoccurring theme in rural Vermont, “There’s nothing to do around here.” I wish there were more things to choose from on the weekend. Patrick, if you ever do an outdoor event in the summer, I’d go.” Sept. 3 is also the day that Cindy and I will be celebrating six years of marriage. We have a great deal to be thankful for and we enjoy celebrating with our community. Especially now that we have a 3 year old daughter. We want to offer a safe and fun environment for families who have little ones. Kids under 12 are free! Cindy already has tons of kids activities in mind.

Q: How did this opportunity come to exist?

A: Instead of having to drive hundreds of miles to see my favorite artists, I invite them to the Newbury region. After Matt Flinner’s trio finish their Road Show at West Newbury Hall last winter, Kevin and Melanie Lawrence approached me and offered the use of their land at Harvest Moon Farm. They said they would be interested in co-hosting a medium sized music event. We are calling it Camping & MUSIC 2017.

Q: What would you like people to know about Camping & MUSIC on Sept. 2 & 3?

A: With very few exceptions, the performers we have lined up for Camping & MUSIC are known to the Rock Farmer Record fan base. In other words, people have already had a taste of artists like, Bow Thayer, Chance Lindsley, Pappy Biondo, Doug Perkins, and others. I choose the artists based on their ability to play well with others. At Camping & MUSIC people will not only be able to hear music from some of their favorite performers, they will also get to experience the magic that can happen when artists get together back stage and create new music on the spot to showcase to the outdoor audience. New music, custom made for the event.

The event is family friendly. We encourage people to bring their own lawn games. There will be plenty of room to recreate while enjoying craft, food, beer and tunes.

Q: What distinguishes this outdoor event from others in the region?

A: Great Question! Often the most exciting thing about a music festival is the coming together of musicians young and old. Jam sessions are a condensed version of community. We at Rock Farmer Records decided to have that be the feature of Camping & MUSIC on Saturday, Sept. 2. Bow Thayer, Alex Abraham and myself are going to lead a bonfire jam session. We have invited other professional musicians to join us, but what is unique is that we are also inviting attendees to bring their own instruments to participate in what ever types of jam circles might pop up. If you are reading this and you have a can of nails you want to shake, a mandolin you want to plunk around on, or a harmonica you want to blow on, bring it!!! Then people can either head home or camp out. The next morning, Sept. 3, there will be activities including near by river access, nearby hiking trails, kids games, and a professionally guided Yoga session. Music on the main stage begins at noon. The Skinny Pancake will be offering food from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Q: If people are not so into camping, why should they still attend?

A: We like to think of the Saturday night Camping part as a chance to stretch out a bit. Saturday night is BYO everything. We will provide safe parking, shaded camp sites and bathroom facilities. The fee is $35 per person. That fee allows access to both days. $25 gets a person access to Sunday only. We have a full lineup of musicians on a main stage including Hot Flannel, Mountain Money, and a folk group lead by one of my fiddle students, Eliza Goodell. The five piece band is called, “The Hat Collection” they are all teenagers and are AMAZING. The Skinny Pancake will be serving food all day Sunday. They will also be serving craft beer from Upper Pass Brewery and River Roost Brewery. River Roost Brewery is owned and operated by our Newbury neighbor and friend, Mark Babson. The event ends around 7pm on Sunday Sept. 3.

Q: What if it rains?

A: It is a rain or shine event! We encourage people to bring their own rain gear. We will have a community rain tent set up for Saturday night’s jam and Sunday’s audience.

Q: How can people get tickets ahead of time?

A: For details and the full lineup visit or call 802-866-3309.

Q: Is there a limit to the quantity of tickets available?

A: We are limiting the number of ticket sales to 400. There has been a very positive response since tickets have become available. We do encourage people to reserve their tickets in advance. Tickets will be available at Harvest Moon Farm in Newbury Village on the day of while supplies last.

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