FRENCH CREEK — If you’re looking for a fun way to close out the summer without going too far, Crooked Fest 2021 will be coming to French Creek next weekend!
According to festival organizer Josh Folmsbee, “Crooked Fest is a music festival with no labels. There will be multiple genres of music that will be played throughout the day. To me, it’s really a music festival for music lovers.”
On Saturday, August 28, Crooked Fest will kick off a full day of music and entertainment at noon at the Brooks Hill Community Building located at 1760 Brooks Hill Road in French Creek. Gates open at 10 a.m. and music begins at 12 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10, and kids 10 years of age and younger get in free, so this will be a great family-oriented event!
Making a comeback for its second year, Crooked Fest was actually created in 2020 during the onset of the pandemic. “For years, I had seen all these bands doing different festivals around our area, and one day I just said, ‘Why don’t we start our own?’” Folmsbee explained. “I wanted it to be a multi-genres type festival. I love all different kinds of music and figured there are others out there just like me.”
Folmsbee recognizes the Mountain State has many talented musicians and said he doesn’t get the chance to see others perform very often due to his own busy schedule. “I wanted to give those people a place to play just as much as the ones you’ve heard of before,” he emphasized. “I want people to come to the festival and leave with a new favorite local artist!”
When considering possible venues to host Crooked Fest 2021, Folmsbee said he immediately favored the French Creek location after working with James Crouse. “He attended the festival last year and asked us if we’d be interested in doing it out there the next year. We had played his Brooks Hill Festival and had a fantastic time and were treated very well. It was really a no brainer on our part,” Folmsbee explained.
Crooked Fest 2021 will also offer camping at Curry Park, which is just a short walk from the festival site. You can reserve a spot by calling (304) 924-6724. Drinks and food will be available for purchase at the festival, but you are welcome to bring your own—they just ask for no glass bottles or containers. A few vendors will be set up selling their products as well this year, including one of Folmsbee’s local favorites, Two Sisters Hemp Boutique.
Parking will be available just down the road and across the street from the venue. If you use the address “1760 Brooks Hill Rd, French Creek, WV” in your GPS, it should bring you directly to the spot, according to Folmsbee. If you’re familiar with the area, Crooked Fest will be held across from the James W. Curry Library and Park, so you can’t miss it.
Headlining the festival will be The Crooked Roots, which consists of Warren Keller on Saxophone, Flute, and backing Vocals; Brian Cross on Bass Guitar; Bob “Edgar” Blanchard on Percussion; and Josh Folmsbee on Guitar and Vocals. According to Folmsbee, “The Crooked Roots are a band of brothers from all different musical genres and walks of life. We take a song and make it our own; throw our own spin on it.” The Crooked Roots play their own original music as well and Folmsbee jokingly added, “We like to classify ourselves as a jam band, but other jam bands would probably laugh that one off. I don’t want to be cliche and say we are our own genre, but we’ll go with that.”
Opening act Chris Rucker will take the stage at 12 p.m. Rucker is based in Grafton and plays 60s and 70s rock music. Next up will be Chris Felton at 1 p.m. with Americana Country Rock from Morgantown. Returning from last year’s inaugural Crooked Fest, Kelsey Jeffries will take the stage at 2 p.m. Jeffries is a singer/songwriter from Canaan Valley who puts a unique twist on rock and country favorites, and she just released her first EP. The Ted Kisko Band will follow at 3 p.m. with Funktastic tunes from Morgantown. At 4 p.m., Quiet Dell Commission performs Blues and Hard Rock. Genre-fluid Charleston band Peremptory will take the stage at 6 p.m. and then The Crooked Roots will close out the show with a performance you won’t want to miss!
Folmsbee concluded, “At the end of the day, this is only the second year of Crooked Fest, but we are hoping this continues to blossom into a bigger and better thing—maybe even possibly a weekend long festival in the future. If you love music, good times, and good people, then this is probably something you’ll wanna check out!”