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Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) Added to Lineup for Free 5th Annual Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard
Posted Date: 7/24/2014

2014 festival posterJoining headliners Blues Traveler and Gin Blossoms as main stage entertainment for Carrollton’s 5th Annual Festival at the Switchyard will be folksy rocker Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) accompanied by Gary Hunt.

Often described as folk country or alternative country, in the way of Bob Dylan or Neil Young, Farrar began his career in 1987 as part of a group named Uncle Tupelo. After splitting in 1994, several members went on to form the band Wilco, while Farrar created Son Volt.

The band has seen success on the indie and folk rock circuits with offerings like Trace and their latest Honky Tonk, though Farrar has recorded and toured as a solo artist as well. Not only a vocalist, his talents include songwriting, the harmonica, and the piano.

Farrar and Hunt, also of Son Volt, will visit Carrollton this fall as a duo to play genre-spanning melodies from various albums between the group and Farrar’s solo tracks.

Farrar’s other projects include a collaboration with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie for the 2009 documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone, a film about Jack Kerouac’s time spent at Big Sur.

The Festival will be held on the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton, just east of I-35 on the south side of Belt Line Road, between the George Bush Turnpike and LBJ Freeway. In addition to the exciting concerts, arts and crafts, and great food and beverages; festival goers will be able to visit the unique restaurants and shops surrounding the Downtown Square. Live entertainment, interactive games, and free activities for children of all ages are planned, including bungee trampolines, a zip line, and more.

Jay FarrarFestival sponsors to date include Xerox, The Dallas Observer, The Union at Carrollton Square, Now 102.9, Venetian Cinemas, Carrollton Plaza Arts Center, Atmos Energy, Recyclebank, DFW Child, The North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center, and 1000 East Beltline Road Office Suites.

Applications are now being accepted for food and craft vendors to participate in Carrollton's 5th Annual Festival at the Switchyard. Vendors applying should offer variety and quality. Booths will be available in two sizes: 10x10 or 10x20, and each will include a table, two chairs, tent, and signage. For details on pricing and other specialty needs, review and return the vendor application located at Discounts will be offered to vendor applications received prior to August 1; early bird prices start as low as $125 for non-profit groups and $250 for all others.

For more entertainment information on the Festival at the Switchyard as well as vendor updates, visit Follow the Festival on Facebook at or on Twitter at for updates.