A local lineup for Carroll County's Chasefest

A local lineup for Carroll County's Chasefest
NEF plays on the first night of Chasefest in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

A small music festival in Westminster and Woodbine is a summer treat for those looking for a weekend of live music in a homegrown atmosphere.

From Aug. 3-5, 17 bands will play in what organizer Tyler Drager, describes as a “huge family” atmosphere. The event is all ages and family-friendly.


"I just want people to enjoy themselves and have a great weekend, listen to some music they might not not have hear before," Drager said.

All but two of the performers are from Maryland, and several are native to Carroll.

Blake Ruby, NEF, Plevyak, Parrotfish, Jackson Wooten and Fuss will play Friday, Aug. 3 starting at 10 a.m. and running throughout the day.

Dwellingville will kick off Saturday at 11:10 a.m., followed by The Dune Flowers, Modern Nomad, talk to Plants, Foggy May, Makeup Girl, Jeff Draco, Lunar Vacation, Peir Pressure and Ben Chase.

“Most of the music is more of the indie, rock and roll kind of thing, a lot of like beachy, happy music,” Drager said.

The festival originated as a backyard gathering of four bands when the organizers Drager, Ben Chase and Blake Ruby were high-schoolers all together in the band Red Couch. Though they have gone their separate ways to separate bands, and has grown over the years.

The location of the festival is in two different places, private properties in Woodbine and Westminster. Drager said the exact locations would be available through the group’s Facebook page just before the event for privacy reasons. Guest are encouraged to carpool.

This year, there are more activities for those who don’t want to spend the whole day listening to music including yoga in the morning and mediation sessions.

Guests are welcome to bring water and snacks as well as lawn chairs and picnic blankets and similar items. They are asked not to bring pets.

Food will be available for purchase.

The band Foggy May plays at the 2017 Chasefest.
The band Foggy May plays at the 2017 Chasefest. (Courtesy photo)

Guests going both days are invited to bring tents to camp over night. Group migration to the second location happens Saturday morning.

Red Couch writes in their FAQ about the festival, “This isn’t about throwing the next Firefly. This is about connecting with friends and making new ones, hearing your favorite bands and us showing you ours, and celebrating the ethereal joy of our communal existence.”

Tickets are available online at eventbrite or at the door the day of with cash, card, venmo or paypal. One-day tickets are $12 beforehand or $15 at the door. Two-day tickets are $20 online or $25 the day of.

A schedule of performers, a FAQ and other updates are available through the event’s Facebook page, Chasefest 2018.