There's usually good news and bad news about Waynestock, the local three-night music festival held at Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler every winter. The first two events were held as benefits following the deaths of local musicians—News Sentinel music writer Wayne Bledsoe's son, Andrew Bledsoe, in 2010 and the beloved Phil Pollard in 2011. The lighter mood of last year's Waynestock, a fund-raiser for the Community School of the Arts, will continue next year, when the fourth Waynestock is held to support the E.M. Jellinek Center, a non-profit organization that provides housing and treatment for chemically dependent men.
The 2014 Waynestock will be held at Relix Jan. 30-Feb. 1, with music starting each night at 7 p.m. Scheduled performers include the Greg Horne Band, Jodie Manross, Dixieghost, J.C. Haun and the Dirty Smokers, the French, the Crumbsnatchers, Teenage Love, the John Myers Band, Jamie Cook, Donald Brown, the Barstool Romeos, and Senryu. The fest kicks off with a songwriter symposium on Thursday, Jan. 30, and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 1, with an all-star tribute to Lou Reed.