New one-day music festival in Huntsville announced for 2022

Some people behind a promising Huntsville music festival on hiatus during the pandemic are launching a new festival.

The first T-Minus Music Fest is scheduled for June 18 at the Orion Amphitheater.

Lineup includes Grammy-winning roots band Old Crow Medicine Show; cosmic folk rocker Aaron Lee Tasjan; rising country singer/songwriter Jaime Wyatt; and talented strummers Little and the Giants, featuring local melodist Alan Little. Tickets cost between $40 and $70 (plus fees) and are available at 10 a.m. on March 18 via


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Old Crow Medicine Show is best known for its 2004 track “Wagon Wheel”. The song is a one-off update of an unfinished Bob Dylan demo. Although he’s since been covered to death by bar-band hacks – and also for a Darius Rucker country hit – don’t hold that against Old Crow.

The principles behind T-Minus Music Fest include Yellowhammer Brewing. The local brewery was part of the team that organized the Tangled String Music Festival. In 2018 and 2019, this small-scale, one-stop festival was held in downtown Big Spring Park East. Tangled String Fest performers included Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Amanda Shires and Cedric Burnside.

Like T-Minus Music Festival, Tangled String Music Festival was a one-day event. TSMF’s lineups each consisted of four or five acts. After the pandemic, Tangled String Fest did not return. Yellowhammer general manager Ethan Couch said the brewery is considering T-Minus Fest, “a continuation of our efforts” for the Tangled String Music Festival.

Tangled String Fest grew out of Spring Fest, which Yellowhammer and Tangled String Studios were also part of. Spring Fest performers included John Paul White and The Dexateens. Initially, Spring Fest, which ran for up to two days in 2017, was held at the former location of the Yellowhammer Brewery, but was later moved to a grassy field at Campus #805, the development entertainment/retail where YH is now located.

Others involved in the Tangled String Music Festival included Tangled String Studios, home to local luthier Danny Davis Guitars and the now defunct Tangled String listening room. Davis will be the master of ceremonies for the T-Minus Music Fest. The festival is named after Yellowhammer’s T-Minus Kolsch, a tangerine-tinged beer. Sales of T-Minus Kolsch have helped raise funds for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation, which provides Space Camp financial aid for young people who otherwise could not afford.


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All proceeds from the T-Minus Music Festival will be donated to the US Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation, according to Yellowhammer. They hope to raise $100,000 from the concert.

“In this city, we need to support underprivileged children,” says Couch. “They also offer merit-based scholarships. But we just wanted to give back to our community that has given us so much, and we can’t think of a more fitting way for Huntsville,” a town known for its aerospace heritage.

Yellowhammer’s previous experience hosting small-scale, one-day music festivals is one of the main reasons they decided to hold their latest festival at Orion, the upcoming University Drive amphitheater, instead. than going back to Big Spring Park or some other green place.

“Running the festival itself,” says Couch, “with staff, equipment — it’s a huge undertaking. When you host a one-day event, you need to bring a lot of people together and get them on the same page about one thing. Couch donates props to YH volunteers and staff who have helped out at their previous music festivals.

Yet this quick coordination was tricky. “Going to the Orion made it so much easier as they take care of a lot of things that we needed to coordinate – whether it was security, ticket takers and beer vendors. We will pay for this, but it will be handled by Orion, which is a welcome change.

The natural location for the T-Minus Music Festival would have been the Rocket Center. But with Rocket Center being renovated, Couch pivoted to Orion. “And they were excited about it,” he says.

And yes, you can quench your thirst at the T-Minus Music Festival with a T-Minus beer. Kolsch will be on tap at every bar in Orion, and other seasonal YH beers will be featured that day, including Mic Czech Pilsner, which was brewed for the Tangled String Fest.


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