It all started with a late-night conversation with a few friends about maybe doing a home-grown music festival, said John Witherspoon, who held the “First Annual Phoenix Fest” in his backyard Saturday.
Four months and nine sponsors later, Witherspoon and company hosted four musical acts and a crowd of 150-plus on his family’s farm on U.S. 221 at the foot of Little Phoenix Mountain.
“It’s kinda amazing to see it all come together like this,” Witherspoon said as the grassy paddock behind his home filled with ‘festers.’ “I really glad people came out.”
Local singer-songwriter Adam Yaunce opened the show, followed by a new Americana duo, Cataline Crime, from Nashville. Witherspoon himself played a solo set, singing and accompanying himself on guitar.
Admission to the concert was free, with a BYOB policy in effect. The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office was on hand to ensure that a good time was had by all.
Witherspoon could not be reached by press time for comment on the success of the event, but he did post a thank-you to Phoenix Fest’s sponsors on the event’s Facebook Page:
“A gigantic thanks again to our magnanimous sponsors: Boondocks Brewing, Jefferson Landing, Tis’ The Season, Caddis Construction, Mountain Outfitters, Chris Phipps Construction, Bohemia, Sweet & Savory, and SNAP Photography. These cats have been so very supportive and none of this would be happening without their involvement!”