Friends Stage Festival for Bluegrass Musician Injured in Attack!

Image635114686999638786'Via Fest' is a large music festival and Benefit which will feature 15 great local and regional bands (List Below)! Proceeds will go to help pay the medical expenses of injured musician David Via (pronounced like “sky”).

Via, a three-time winner of the songwriter award at  the prestigious MerleFest was attacked and severely injured just prior to a show and now folks in the community are getting together to help him with the extensive medical bills. Here is David's story below...

Image635114694430243792David Via Seriously Injured In a random attack [http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_cfa7b064-fd5f-11e2-888c-0019bb30f31a.html].

“The tough part — healing — still lies ahead. His songs, ‘Every Loss has a Gain’ and ‘Pawn Shops and Wedding Rings,’  try to make sense of the inescapable geometry that connects pain, joy and resurrection. But David Via will probably take years to make sense out of what befell him in June at that gig that never happened.” - Bertrand M. Gutierrez wrote in the Winston Salem Journal this week

Please come out and join Americans united by music against violent crime on Aug 16-17!

Brackett Cedar Park will be serving food all day and night, and RV's, campers, and camping are welcome at affordable rates... tent camping is free with the purchase of a two day pass for Via Fest and $20 for RV sites per night.


Festival admission will be $10 per day.

Brown bagging is allowed, bring your coolers and law chairs.

We are still looking for more vendors willing to help, and more business and individual sponsors.


  • Danielle Howle
  • The Rev. Jeff Mosier and Friends
  • The Sloan Tones w/ Randy Saxon
  • Nothin' 2 Fancy
  • Mama's Remedy
  • Roger Padgett
  • The South Mountain Ramblers
  • The Wright Family
  • Surrounded By Strangers
  • The Ya Yas
  • Short Bus Love Affair
  • High Grass
  • Porch Dog Revival
  • Ray Allison
  • Jason Davis


While more Sponsors are needed for this event,  thanks go to current sponsors and we encourage you to support them.

Current Sponsors

  • Don Gibson Theater
  • RedBone Willy's
  • Wee Doggies
  • Westmoreland Printers Inc.

Via Fest: Come out and have some great fun, food, and music for a good cause starting at 5pm Fri. August 16 and Noon Aug 17 at Brackett Cedar Park!

Folks more inclined to send a direct contribution can post a check to:

David Via
4391 Stella Road
Patrick Springs, VA 24133

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AAIM will also be playing!