12 May

Well, you all might be wondering why you haven’t heard much from the Rest Fest camp this spring. Some of it is due to the brutal winter that had us all locked indoors for the season, but most of it is because we have been doing a good deal of soul searching and decision making regarding Rest Fest.

In an effort to not delay the point of this message, there will be no Restoration Festival in 2015.

There are a multitude of reasons for this decision. Some are personal, and some are strategic, but we will say this: just because we are not throwing Rest Fest this year does not mean that it is gone for good. It has been an incredible five years, and we have all grown so much between the first time we opened up the doors to the fabled St. Joe’s in Arbor Hill and the last time we descended down the hill of The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside.

We have the utmost respect and gratitude for our community and scene, and honestly, the hardest part of this decision is the knowledge that we wont have a dedicated weekend this summer where we will be able to hang out with all of you.

We could go on for days about the memories but really, we are just taking the year off to recharge and refocus in hopes of bringing you more great local and regional culture in the future.

All of our good vibes,

Rest Fest Crew

Schedule is up!

5 Aug

We are excited to release the final lineup and schedule for Rest Fest 2014. Two days. Two stages. Twenty bands. The quality of local and regional talent is outstanding and we are very proud to feature some of the finest this area has to offer.

Check the links below and on our landing page to find out when your favorites will be playing!



We are also very excited to announce that due to  the generous support from our sponsors, we will be able to keep weekend prices AT THE EARLY BIRD RATE!

These prices will hold until the day of the festival. At the door, we will be charging an additional $5.00 per ticket. Buy early so you can get:

Big thanks to our other sponsors for their generous support: Outspoken Media, Stewart’s Shops, WEQX, Longhaul Farm and Enable Labs. 

And of course, a huge thanks to our host and beneficiary for this event, The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside. Without them, this year’s Rest Fest wouldn’t be possible.

See you soon!

The Hungry Traveler

23 Jul

We are excited to welcome back The Hungry Traveler to the fest to provide delicious sustenance during the weekend. We will provide the full menu as soon as we have it!



The Orange

17 Jul

The Orange


The Orange was planted in 1998, and grew into a formidable tree through 2002. After a decade in stasis, the band offers its sweet rock nectars once again!


Some of the most memorable moments in rock’n’roll have happened by accident. Two kids are just fooling around with a 4-track, a couple of instruments and a few unconventional ideas and before they know it they’ve created the next big sound. In 1998, guitarist Ben Karis and drummer Dan Sorensen were just two college students who wanted to make some music. The two recorded their guitar and drum duo [a la White Stripes, but way ahead of the game] for entry into a music contest. By some fortuitous chance, their homemade recording found its way into the hands of then recording engineer at Saints and Sinner Studios in upstate New York, Frank Moscowitz. Moscowitz was immediately impressed and contacted the duo. He began to sit in on band practice and within a few weeks he was slinging a guitar alongside Karis and Sorensen. The trio played together until February of 2000 when Moscowitz’s former band mate, Bob Buckley, joined in on bass. With their lineup complete, the Orange was ready to take over.

The foursome’s distinctive song structures and dynamic harmonies made them an innovative force in a stale music scene, and audiences took note. The Orange burst onto the American indie rock scene playing gigs across the nation and sharing the stage with the likes of Elliot Smith, Mara, the Promise Ring, Cave-In and Coheed and Cambria. Their first and only studio recording, Big Space Mission e.p. was release in May of 2001. The recording’s opening track, “Filibuster”, cracked the coveted CMJ Top 200 and became a college radio anthem.

They disbanded in 2002 to pursue other musical projects, which occupied them for the next 12 years.

In April of 2014, Karis (Nix), Moscowitz, and Sorensen determined that it was time to reunite and release new recorded material. With Buckley occupied in other musical endeavors, the band recruited longtime friend Levi Jennes to play bass.

The foursome are now in the midst of finalizing a 6 song EP…coming soon…




Kimono Dragons

16 Jul

Kimono Dragons

Prepare yourselves, Albany, for the Kimono Dragons approach. Built4BBQ’s newest supergroup… features folks you know and love from Charmboy, The Pistolwhips, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Alta Mira and the Rattling Baddlies, combining forces into a furious, four-headed surf-rock monster. Knees will tremble and faces will melt in their wake.

Tunes: Here