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click to enlarge Richmond solo artist Anousheh, center, performs at the inaugural Fall Line Music Festival in 2013. The homegrown, all-volunteer festival has a big change in store for 2015 that should help turnout.

Scott Elmquist

Richmond solo artist Anousheh, center, performs at the inaugural Fall Line Music Festival in 2013. The homegrown, all-volunteer festival has a big change in store for 2015 that should help turnout.

Stephen Lecky, known for his work with Venture Richmond and Friday Cheers, started the volunteer-run Fall Line Festival in 2013 with hopes of growing it into a rock festival that would be as successful as the critically acclaimed Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. He even scheduled it on the same weekend in early September, which coincided with First Fridays and the return of area college students. The idea was to piggyback on the larger Hopscotch by booking some of the acts headed to and from that event, a two-and-a-half-hour drive south.

The only problem was another big Virginia music festival, Lockn, started up the same weekend in Nelson County, drawing a significant number of Richmond music fans to its jam-band utopia. Between the two of them, it wasn’t easy finding a niche.

So we were thrilled when we heard that Lecky is moving Fall Line, which showcases local music alongside touring acts, to Nov. 5 and 6 this year. He says there should be a news release coming shortly announcing early bookings. The best part: Now we don’t have to make a choice that makes us feel guilty. Thank you, Fall Line.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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