2017 Wine Festival

Originating from Texas, RW Smith began studying classical music, taking to the guitar with rock-n-roll flare as a professional performer by the early age of 12.  Performing his way through college and beyond, his influences included Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan and Liz Story as he began to compose an original style of progressive music he coined “cow jazz.”  In addition to pursuing a solo career, bands have included, The Landsman, Tallgrass, Bradford & Wolcott and Molimo, to name a few. Today RW’s deep voice and mastery of the strings and keyboard see him performing solo as well as in harmony with other artists both live and in-studio. Additionally a producer and audio engineer, RW is owner of Azurat Studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia (www.azurat.com), actively engaging in a broad spectrum of artist’s needs; from composing, scoring for film, recording, mixing and providing live sound reinforcement services.  RW enjoys working with all genres of artists, burgeoning and professional, as he helps them expand their talents and creative enterprises.

Born out of the vibrant college based community that is Harrisonburg, Virginia, Strong Water has experienced life as a project like most bands. Members have come and gone, the sound has changed slightly and matured as those involved have matured, but the vision and energy which has carried the group for so many years still remains the same.

What originally started as a duo, swelled to become a six piece before settling on it’s now-three dedicated members whose performance is built on strong Male and Female lead vocals supported by harmonies, driving Acoustic/Electric Guitar or Banjo parts, well crafted melodic Fiddle lines, rounded out by tasteful Drums/Percussion, and an Upright or Bass Guitar depending on the show. Strong Water’s eclectic collection of original songs and a handful of covers range from genres such as Bluegrass & Blues, to their personal spin on Americana and Folk-Rock, incorporating sounds and styles from influences such as Noah Gundersen, Mumford and Sons, and The Lumineers.

After large numbers of requests from fans who had enjoyed a previous EP launched in November 2014, Strong Water recorded and released a 14 track Debut LP in April, 2016. Armed with their new record and a newfound sense of direction, Strong Water has been busy booking and playing special events, shows, & festivals throughout VA and traveled as far as Asheville, NC to bring their energetic performance to fans young and old.

The band’s fast growing list of performances include opening and playing alongside bands such as Judah & The Lion, Lucy Dacus, Chamomile & Whiskey, The Judy Chops, The Dawn Drapes, Erin & The Wildfire, and many others.

2017 Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm Press Release

February 14, 2017
On Sunny Slope Farm, https://onsunnyslopefarm.com Rockingham County’s Premier Special Events venue will be hosting a Wine Festival on August 6, 2017 from 11 AM – 5 PM: https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival/ . 8 wineries, 6 food vendors, VIP tent food tasting vendor, 1 oyster purveyor, 12 Juried Artisan Vendors and 4 bands will be present at the festival. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful day on Sunny Slope Farm; a Virginia Century Certified Farm and the home place of the Wampler Family. 
Wineries include: Bluestone Vineyard, Castel Glen Winery, Hunt’s Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard and Winery, Narmada Winery, Barren Ridge and White Barrel Winery. Our VIP tent food tasting vendor will be Bella Luna. Our oyster purveyors, Bruce and Daniel Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture Oysters http://www.coastalvirginiamag.com/January-2017/The-Real-Oysters-Rockefeller… joining us from Hayes, Virginia. And our Juried Artisan Vendors are local and will include members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Artisan Trail.
Plans include a judging of premium wines in the VIP tent by local Chefs and perhaps some Virginia wine enthusiasts and promoters.
Proceeds from this event will be going to the Artisan Center of Virginia in support of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Artisan Trail and the Virginia Oyster Trail.
Thomas Jefferson, October 1818
What began as a failed viticulture experiment in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1773 has become one of the leading agricultural industries in Virginia. Virginia Wine now rivals and often surpasses any wine in the United States.
So it makes sense why more and more tourists are coming to Virginia to travel wine trails and enjoy wine festivals.
It also makes sense why On Sunny Slope Farm, located an hour away from Charlottesville and situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley would want to host a wine festival.
Our historic farm, known mostly for our contribution to the poultry industry has incredible views of the Shenandoah Valley. We are very conveniently located in Rockingham County on both the Harrisonburg City Limits line and the Dayton Corporate Limits line which means locals can quickly enjoy a high quality wine festival in “The Triad of the Valley” without the inconvenience of a long drive.
As a licensed special events venue we have all the comforts and facilities attendees of a festival will need in any weather condition without obstructing the beauty, openness and century certified history of the farm. And we have lots of intimate spots for people to enjoy their family and friends.
On Sunny Slope Farm is quickly becoming the place where Harrisonburg, Dayton and Rockingham County meet to celebrate our families and friends.
Tickets go on sale April 15, 2017. Presale tickets are $20 for 21 & over (Tasting) – $25.00 (at entrance), Ages 12 & under – free, 13 – 20 years – $5.00 and 21 & over (No Tastings) – $10.00. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-festival-tickets-30049567064
For full information go to our website: https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival/
On Sunny Slope Farm is still receiving applications for wineries, food vendors, Artisan Craft Vendors and bands. https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival-2017-vendors/
On Sunny Slope Farm is grateful for our current sponsors and is still accepting applications for sponsorship of this local wine festival. https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival-2017-sponsors/
On Sunny Slope Farm is also offering free admission to person willing to volunteer at the festival for a 3 hour shift. https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival-2017-volunteer/