Old Settler’s settles suit with Driftwood Fest out of court

The Travelin’ McCourys will play this year’s Old Settler’s Music Festival at a new location near Lockhart. Scott Moore for American-Statesman

A lawsuit between Old Settler’s Music Festival and the nascent Driftwood Music Festival filed in October has been settled out of court, Old Settler’s announced in a newsletter to festgoers on Monday.

“Through mediation, we’re pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement where DMF will not hold their festival in March, April or May for the next five years,” the announcement reads.

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The Driftwood Music Festival, formed by two former Old Settler’s staff members, had planned to hold its initial festival at the former Old Settler’s site in Driftwood southwest of Austin on the same April 19-22 dates as OSMF’s upcoming event at a new site near Lockhart. An injunction issued in Travis County District Court in late November disallowed DMF from holding its festival on those dates.

A passage on the Driftwood festival’s website states, in part, that “festival co-founders Ryan Brittain and Scott Marshall are now considering other dates for the event, although the location will remain the same, the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch. At this time, no date has been selected and Driftwood Music Festival is on hold until further notice.”

Acts scheduled to perform at Old Settler’s include the Travelin’ McCourys, Calexico, Colter Wall, Greensky Bluegrass and the trio I’m With Her (featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan), along with local performers including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bob Schneider and the Peterson Brothers. Additional acts are expected to be announced.

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OSMF’s new location is in Tilmon, just southeast of Lockhart. A Google Maps route from downtown Austin to Tilmon is about 45 miles and around an hour of drive time. The newsletter announcement also included information about shuttle-service plans: “In an effort to lessen traffic issues for Caldwell County residents and Old Settler’s patrons, and to lessen festival-related carbon consumption, Old Settler’s has partnered with FestDrive to offer shuttle service from Austin and San Antonio for $20 each way, and from Houston for $28 each way.” Shuttle tickets can be purchased via the FestDrive website.