A new Memorial Day Weekend tradition was started in Austin, Texas this year as the Natty Light RedFest brought over 50 artists to town for three days of music, comedy and outdoor fun on the grounds of Austin’s Circuit of the Americas and the Austin 360 Amphitheater on May 23, 24, and 25.
The festival, celebrating “the redneck in all of us,” is the brainchild of comedian and TV personality Jeff Foxworthy. Known for his comedic one-liners of “You might be a redneck if…,” Foxworthy gathered some of America’s favorite country and “redneck” acts to entertain the enthusiastic crowds at this inaugural event.
Friday evening found the festival stages hosting the likes of Justine Moore, The Wheeler Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and comedian Rodney Carrington. On Saturday the festival line-up was packed with talent including the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Big and Rich, Colt Ford, Parmalee, Cassadee Pope, Tim McGraw, and comedian, Larry The Cable Guy. Sunday’s talent level continued to soar with performances by Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin, Kellie Pickler, Granger Smith, and comedian Jeff Foxworthy, to name a few. The RedFest wrapped up with a rocking performance by one of the hottest acts in country music today, the 2013 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line.
The festival had a little bit of something for everyone, even featuring members of the sometimes controversial, but always entertaining Duck Dynasty family. The patriarch of the clan, Phil Roberston began the Sunday festivities with a church sermon, and his son, Allen Robertson, performed a wedding vow renewal ceremony. Also on hand for the weekend fest was Country Rapper and star of his own television show, Big Smo.
Encompassing nine different “villages” spread out over the COTA venue, (which was no small feat considering the venue was also being prepared to host Austin’s first ever X Games competition) the festival included three stages, a sports zone with basketball, volleyball and dodgeball, a military village with a lounge area for veterans, a chili cook off, speed city with go carts and racing simulators, a hunting and fishing village featuring knife and tomahawk throwing, fly fishing and casting competitions and archery, as well as a shopping village and a carnival with games and rides. The RedFest promoters had promised a festival like none before, with 3 days of Southern attitude, music, comedy and outdoor fun. They definitely delivered on this promise. I, for one, can’t wait to see what else they plan bring to this fun event in 2015.
Review by Margy Moore
Photographs by Scott Moore/ Limelight Imaging