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Experience the Laidback Magic of Nelsonville Music Festival 2023: Weekend Preview

Nestled in the picturesque Hocking Hills region of Ohio, the Nelsonville Music Festival has become an enchanting haven for music lovers seeking an intimate and laidback experience.

As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Nelsonville Music Festival 2023, it's time to take a closer look at this cherished event that combines small regional bands, under-the-radar acts, and national headliners for a weekend of extraordinary musical discovery.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable weekend as we delve into the festival's captivating lineup, including the talented headliners Kurt Vile, Alex G, Big Thief, and Alvvays.

Friday July 21st

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Prepare to be mesmerized by the captivating melodies and introspective lyrics of Kurt Vile. With his distinctive blend of folk, rock, and indie sensibilities, Vile has established himself as a compelling storyteller in the music industry. His enchanting live performances have earned him a devoted following, making his appearance at Nelsonville Music Festival a truly special occasion.

Friday July 21st

Shannon & The Clams

Hailing from Oakland, California, this dynamic quartet combines elements of doo-wop, garage rock, and punk to create a sound that is both nostalgic and refreshingly unique. Fronted by the captivating Shannon Shaw, the band delivers electrifying performances that transport audiences to a bygone era. Prepare to be swept away by their infectious melodies, infectious hooks, and Shaw's powerful vocals as Shannon & the Clams bring their undeniable charisma to the Nelsonville stage.

Saturday July 22nd

Alex G .

With a penchant for introspective and emotive music, Alex G's compositions delve deep into the human experience, exploring themes of change, helplessness, and the power of faith. Through his unique blend of lo-fi, indie rock, folk, and punk influences, he creates a sonic landscape that captivates listeners and evokes a profound emotional connection. His lyrics are thoughtfully crafted, painting a vivid picture of complex emotions and experiences, inviting the audience into his introspective world. Prepare to be moved by the raw authenticity of Alex G's performance as he shares his heartfelt songs and leaves an indelible mark on the Nelsonville Music Festival stage.

INsider tip: Listen for Alex G's charming and infectious laughter during song breaks as he talks to the crowd. His genuine laugh (usually at himself) will have you smiling as you prepare to be emotionally assaulted by his earnest lyrics that await you in the next song.

Saturday July 22nd

Margo Price

With just three remarkable solo albums under her belt, Price has firmly established herself as a powerhouse in American music and a true generational talent. Unafraid to address the issues that matter to her, she fearlessly delves into topics such as music industry double standards, the gender wage gap, and the struggles faced by American farmers. Now, with her fourth full-length album, "Strays," Price delivers a powerful and clear-eyed mission statement through blistering rock and roll. From substance abuse to self-image, abortion rights to the pursuit of pleasure, Price's lyrics cut deep into a broken world in desperate need of healing. Prepare to be moved by the musically extravagant yet lyrically laser-focused ten-song record that offers both insight and remedy to a tumultuous world.

Sunday July 23rd

Wild Pink

In their latest album, "ILYSM," Wild Pink takes listeners on a deeply emotional journey. Lead singer John Ross guides the band through a richly detailed and sentimentally charged exploration of life and death in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Expect to be captivated by their masterful storytelling and heartfelt melodies as they navigate the complexities of human existence with grace and vulnerability. Prepare to be entranced by Wild Pink's evocative performance, as they effortlessly blend introspection, nostalgia, and a touch of Americana, creating a sonic experience that resonates long after the music fades. Don't miss the opportunity to witness their mesmerizing set at the Nelsonville Music Festival and be moved by the profound beauty of Wild Pink's music.

Sunday July 23rd


Wednesday's performance at the Nelsonville Music Festival 2023 promises to be a captivating journey through the American South. Led by songwriter Karly Hartzman, the Asheville quintet weaves together stories, half-memories, and portraits to create a quilt of sound that blends Nineties shoegaze with classic country twang. With their latest record, "Rat Saw God," Wednesday builds a shrine to the intricacies of life, delivering poignant dispatches from North Carolina that balance humor and tragedy. Prepare to be moved by Hartzman's commanding vocals, distorted guitars, and the haunting lap steel as Wednesday's deeply empathetic and soul-stirring performance unfolds, leaving a lasting impression on all who listen.

Sunday July 23rd

Big Thief

Indie rock quartet Big Thief has been making waves with their soul-stirring music that seamlessly blends folk, rock, and alternative elements. Led by the captivating vocals and poignant songwriting of Adrianne Lenker, the band creates a sonic landscape that is at once ethereal and deeply rooted in raw emotion. Prepare for an unforgettable performance that will leave you breathless.

Sunday July 23rd


Prepare to be captivated by Alvvays as they headline the Nelsonville Music Festival with their infectious dream-pop sound and shimmering melodies. The Canadian quintet has firmly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the indie music scene, bringing a sense of nostalgia and whimsy to their performances. Their enchanting live show transports audiences to a world of wistful introspection and sun-soaked melodies. Despite the five-year wait for their third album, "Blue Rev," the wait proves worthwhile as Alvvays reimagines their signature sound, showcasing their musical growth and lyrical depth. With 14 harmonically rich and lyrically provocative songs, Alvvays is set to deliver a headlining finale performance that will leave a lasting impression, solidifying their place as one of indie rock's most captivating acts. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the irresistible allure of Alvvays live on stage at the Nelsonville Music Festival.

With a commitment to providing a family-friendly atmosphere and a focus on environmental sustainability, the Nelsonville Music Festival promises not only an unforgettable weekend of music but also an opportunity to connect, celebrate, and create lasting memories. Prepare to embark on a magical journey of music, community, and nature at the Nelsonville Music Festival, where the power of music and the beauty of Southeastern Ohio come together in perfect harmony.

We're always here to keep your ears INformed of the best live music. Whether you bring a friend or five, or travel solo, you'll be among Inhailer family at Nelsonville Music Festival. See you in the crowd!

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