Camp Lucy, Dripping Springs, March 16 – 18
By Aaron Parsley
The SXSW Music Festival brings a disparate assortment of acts to the city for a cosmopolitan experience, with fans crisscrossing Austin to follow the buzz about an emerging band or catch a secret set by a dependable favorite. But if you’re not up for fighting scooter traffic, networking industry types and the velvet barricades between you and a great show, there’s a new gig west of town that offers a long but focused list of talent performing in a more bucolic setting.
The inaugural Campfire Gathering, which spans three days in mid-March, will bring a tight selection of Americana, folk, country and rock musicians to Hill Country resort Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs. With Americana rocker and Austin native Shakey Graves and Willie Nelson-approved country singer-songwriter Margo Price headlining, Campfire Gathering emerges from the gate to showcase first-class talent, even if it is the fest’s first rodeo.
Comfy yet campy accommodations like creekside cabins, air-conditioned yurts and RVs are available for those who want to bunk on-site. Between performances, campers can live that ranch life with horseback riding, fishing, archery, hatchet throwing and hiking.
But if you dig a little twang and the melancholy ache of Americana and folk greatness, you might not have time to relive your childhood summer camp dreams of earning an archery badge. The music lineup includes Austin-loved acts like White Denim, “Texas Piano Man” Robert Ellis and Kelsey Wilson’s solo project Sir Woman. It will be an opportunity to experience much more music, including intimate sets by Canadian cowboy sensation Colter Wall, mysterious masked man Orville Peck, rockers Deer Tick and Delta Spirit, and stylish outlaw country star Nikki Lane, whose distinct vocals and sweet storytelling were made for a serenade under the stars.