Old Settler’s Music Fest moving to bigger site in Dale
Concert organizers had hoped to keep fest at Salt Lick one more year.
After 16 years at the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood just southwest of Austin, the Old Settler’s Music Festival will move to a new home in the Lockhart area southeast of Austin in 2018, festival director Jean Spivey confirmed Thursday.
The festival bought a 145-acre property in Dale, just northeast of Lockhart, in June. The plan was to move Old Settler’s there in 2019, but festival executives were surprised to receive a letter Tuesday from Salt Lick Pavilion owner Scott Roberts “informing the board that the property would not host the festival in 2018,” according to a press release the festival issued Thursday afternoon.
“This kind of came as a shock,” Spivey said. “We were hoping to have a full year to build it out and develop it before we moved. We had every reason to believe we would be at Salt Lick in 2018.”
According to the press release, the Salt Lick had verbally confirmed the April 19-22, 2018, dates two months ago. The statement
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Jam with Wood & Wire performs in April at the Old Settler’s Music Festival, held at the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood. Salt Lick Pavilion hosted the festival for 16 years.