End Your Welcome Week Journey at RTE 23

The beginning of a new semester comes with the sound and taste of local color here at UVa-Wise.

On Saturday, Aug. 27 at 3:45 p.m., the Third Annual RTE 23 Music Festival will begin and last until 11:00 p.m. The event is free and is open to the general public.

Following the true festival fashion, RTE 23 will be held under the sun and surrounded by fresh air. This year, the location is at the intramural field, which is located between the football stadium and main campus.

We work hard to bring to the campus of UVa-Wise a top notch, professionally ran experience, said David Stallard, a coordinator for the event. We hope music lovers both on campus and from the surrounding communities and region come hang out, listen to some great music, enjoy food and beverages from incredible local vendors, and enjoy a beautiful summer day in our mountains. 

The timely process of organizing RTE 23 began just moments after last years festival ended. And from the lineup of events, one can easily understand why. We are bringing to town four incredible bands that, when put together, create a very eclectic bill that is unlike any festival you will find in the county, Stallard conveyed. We also have food vendors coming to town that will be slinging some tasty eats, from barbecue and gourmet crepes to brick fired pizzas and Asian fusion. Sugar Hill Brewing Company, the first microbrewery in Wise County, will be pouring beer, including the Chill Pil, a Pilsner brewed specifically for our festival. Mountain Rose Vineyards, from here in Wise, will also be serving their award winning wines.

The music venue will feature regional bands, such as: Annabelles Curse, who was recently featured in the Huffington Post, Love Canon, Elliot Root, and The Comet Conductors. On Friday, Aug. 26, The Inn at Wise will host the official RTE 23 Kick Off Party, featuring live music from Thomas Cassel of Norton, Va, and the band Fox Run at 8:00 in the evening.

Saturday will be the end result of eleven months of planning and hard work, and it will all be worth it,” Stallard added. “We have a little bit of something for everyone, and we would like to invite everyone to come enjoy the day with us.”


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