The Misty Mountain Music Festival was set to take place where the CMF has traditionally taken place, at the Misty Mountain Campground, with a mission curiously similar to CMF; meanwhile, the 5th annual CMF, had been moved this year to locations near Downtown Crozet. As one Facebook user asked on the Crozet Music Festival’s page, "Is this the same weekend at the same location as Misty Mountain Music Festival? Are they actually seperate or being put together. Or do we buy tickets to both and bounce back and fourth?"
With the postponement of the Crozet Music Festival, the most confusing weekend in local music is now much less confusing. (Very) long story short: CMF organizer Biff Rossberg wasn’t able to secure the necessary permits in time after nailing down a location for the festival. But he says that he’s learned from the experience, and has tentatively rescheduled the festival for later in the fall.
“I appreciated [Albemarle County Zoning Administrator] Amelia McCully’s strong urging that we could work together instead of in opposition, and we thought it would be best for all concerned if we waited for a later date in the fall,” said Rossberg.
Legendary reggae group the Itals, originally scheduled for the Crozet Music Festival festival, will instead perform this weekend at Brasserie Montiel/Cucina del Sol. (Details are here.)
Meanwhile, the Misty Mountain Music Festival continues through this weekend, with performances by a host of local bands. Details are here.
As for the confusing weekend lineup of festivals: After the inaugural CMF in Claudius Crozet Park in 2007, the festival moved to the Misty Mountain Campground from 2008, where it stayed through 2010. Rossberg says that he was in touch earlier this year to try to schedule Crozet Music Festival for the campground again, but the two parties never struck a deal.
"It was never agreed upon that the Crozet Music Festival was going to happen at Misty Mountain this year,” said the local musician John Howard, who was listed as a contact for the Misty Mountain Music Festival. "For a while we’ve been wanting to take a weekend and bring in a few local bands."
"We’ve only put this together in the last month and a half," Howard said of the Misty Mountain fest.