Revival at Camp Lucy
A new music experience aims to turn fans into friends
by Arianna Jopling
“There are no velvet ropes separating fans from artists,” Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit explains when describing Revival, a new festival set to launch on March 13. In less than a week, Vasquez will step foot on the grounds of Dripping Springs’ beloved Camp Lucy to play the gathering meant for fans and artist alike. The Dripping Springs High School graduate is thrilled to be playing on Hill Country home turf before heading out on his upcoming solo European tour which kicks off March 21st in London. It makes sense that Vasquez would be excited about Revival’s inaugural line-up, which ranges from Wild Child to The Texas Gentlemen and Nathaniel Rateliff to Patty Griffin, since he personally curated it.
“I started playing music to travel the world with my friends and have a good time,” Vasquez explains and, with this new event, he wanted to inject a similar spirit. Vasquez says, “The laid back nature of fans in Texas makes me excited to spend time with them.” Shared meals, campfires and exploring the gorgeous grounds of Camp Lucy are some of the plentiful opportunities for artists and fans to interact. “We want the artists to get a chance to spend time with their fans, something that wouldn’t happen on a regular tour.” Hence the clever tagline “come as fans, leave as friends.”
A quick 45-minute drive from downtown Austin, Camp Lucy was developed by the Hanks family as a wedding and special events venue. Since 2014 the bucolic property has been outfitted with onsite cottage lodging making it the ideal getaway for this new festival, especially for anyone seeking a change of pace during SXSW. Revival-goers can expect performances held across Camp Lucy’s range of spaces, including the Vietnamese “Ian’s Chapel” and an Amish barn originally located in Ohio. Vasquez is especially excited about Ian’s Chapel: “It is a beautiful church brought over from Vietnam. Imagine the acoustics!”
While the main event is certainly the music, Revival is intended to be an all-inclusive experience. Guests will be wined and dined thanks to the Texas-inspired cuisine prepared by Rob McMahon, executive chef of Tillie’s (Camp Lucy’s on-site restaurant) and Desert Door Sotol, Treaty Oak Distilling and Richard’s Rainwater, to name a few. Plus, Backwoods Adventures will be providing outdoor activities like archery, hiking and taking a dip in Camp Lucy’s outdoor pool, all of which just may remind you of childhood camp memories.
Guest rooms and cottages will be available for the overnighters explains Vasquez, with experience passes starting at $547. “Glamping is so my speed. Having a cozy bed yet still feeling like you’re outdoors. You can’t really beat this,” Vasquez says. “I hope people will check out our website to learn more. It’s going to be like hanging out with your friends at a weekend retreat.”