When summer finally rolls back around, one thing that everyone enjoys is a good outdoor music festival. What’s better than spending an afternoon hanging out with your friends, downing a few cold beers, and listening to some great music? Well, what if you threw in a bike, van, truck, and car show, just to give you something to look at between bands? Then you are probably going to be hungry and thirsty too, so how about adding some food trucks and breweries to help out? Add to that a few dozen vendors, art, and a burnout contest, and you are starting to get a hint of what the Power and Sound Revival held down in Julian, NC was all about.
The event itself was put on by the mother/daughter team of Olivia and Michelle Williams, who run a music booking, artist management, and event production company out of Reidsville, NC, known as the Rockingham Company. The 2021 show was the first year for the Power and Sound Revival, and these two along with the help of friends and family, really put on a top-notch event right out of the gate.
Luckily for me, the event took place at the Historic Piedmont Dragway, so while some people had to drive in from other states, I just took a leisurely 30-minute ride to get to the gates. I pulled in around 2 in the afternoon, and after applying liberal amounts of sunscreen, was ready to check things out. I brought my truck out to put in the show, so I got to park with all the cool vans, vintage cars and other old trucks.
After checking out the 4-wheeled vehicles, it was on to the bike show. There was a good mix of choppers and vintage bikes and what I found out later in the afternoon was that most of them were riders and not just trailer queens. When the burnout contest got underway, the bike show lot emptied out as old Triumphs, Ironheads, and Japanese choppers lined up to burn some rubber. Even the minibikes riding around the grounds took a turn in the burnout pit, albeit with a lot less smoke…
Once my lungs were good and full of burnt rubber, I grabbed a BBQ sandwich from one of the food trucks and spent some time checking out the vendors. It was good to see some local favorites like Gorgeous George and the Rebel Spirit in attendance along with out of towners like the Blondie Braaps and Gnarly Magazine. All told there were over three dozen vendors selling everything from taxidermy to tattoos.
Of course, the main reason for the event was the music, and the lineup did not disappoint. There were seven bands who played back-to-back all afternoon and into the evening. Starting with John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff, and ending the evening with Them Dirty Roses. All the acts sounded great, and the music could be heard all across the venue so you could get up and stretch your legs without missing out on any of the bands.
For those that wanted to keep the party going all night, camping was available onsite and was just a quick walk away from the stage if you needed to run back to your tent to grab something in between sets. As previously mentioned, I had an air-conditioned bed waiting for me just a half an hour away, so I didn’t pack a tent this time, which was probably a mistake.
What I really liked about this event was how they packed so much stuff into one day. There was always something to go check out, whether it was the next band or just some cool bikes riding around the grounds. Attendance was solid, with over 600 people coming out for the inaugural event.
The dates have already been set for the 2nd Power and Sound Revival, so go ahead and mark your calendars - May 20th -21, 2022. They’ll be moving a little farther west for 2022, down to Camp Springs Blue Grass Park in Elon, NC. Camp Springs is a great outdoor venue which also includes a 5-acre campground, so make sure to bring your tent and plan for an awesome weekend.
Tickets are available now on their website: https://www.powerandsoundrevival.com. You can also find them on Instagram at @powerandsoundrevival.
Panhead Jim / @panhead_jim