Enjoy some live music with axe throwing and rail bikes this fall as Carson City is set to host a two-day music festival. Battle Axe & Tracks will bring in 15 performers for two days on Oct. 2 and 3 at the V&T Railway Eastgate Depot. Headliners include No. 1 Billboard recording artist Kenny Wayne Shepard, Larkin Poe, Carolyn Wonderland, Samantha Fish, North Mississippi Allstars and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.
Other supporting acts include: Ally Venable; Ian Moore; Ron Artis II & The Truth; Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours; Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers; Jelly Bread; Eric Henry Andersen Band; and Six Mile Station.“These are like the biggest artists to ever come to Carson City,” said Gina Lopez, Carson City arts enthusiast and co-founder of E720. As part of the festival’s name, the rail bikes will be available for attendees to enjoy. There will be axe throwing as well. The bikes take you along the historic V&T Railway. There will be food trucks and merchandise vendors. The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
HELPING THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY Lopez said this weekend is historically a weekend that doesn’t have many events. As part of the “shoulder” season, she hopes the festival will help the tourism industry. “The travel industry really got hit — hard,” Lopez said. “So we really want to build up and create room revenue.” The musicians involved also have a large following, so Lopez said she’s expecting that to bring in people from outside of the area. “We want people to come here and stay here,” she said. Lopez said they are working on having shuttles for the event too. TICKETS Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for fans on social media of the event and headlining artists. Follow Battle Axe and Tracks on Facebook at Facebook.com/BattleAxeTracks. “We’re working with the artists because we really wanted to bring people from out of the area,” Lopez said. “Some of these artists have a large fanbase where the fans are going to want to come.” General admission tickets are $150 for the two days of live music. Most tickets will be two-day passes and there will be single day passes available too. There are also 200 VIP tickets. They include access to the lounge, the front of stage and artist access. It also includes complimentary drinks and appetizers that will be inside the depot. Visit battleaxeandtracks.com for more information. MUSIC TOWN On Friday, Oct. 1, there will be a rock and blues guitar battle among local and regional amateur musicians. They’ll be competing to earn a spot on Sunday’s lineup. It will be held at the Brewery Arts Center. During the days of the events, Lopez said they want to transform Carson City into a music town. They’ll fill the streets with buskers and street performers to help create a vibe for the whole town. E720 The event is produced and developed by E720, founded in 2021 by Lopez and Ken Farley bringing more than 20 years of event experience. Both long-time supporters of arts and culture in Carson City, the vision behind this festival is to solidify the region’s standing as a leader in entertainment. The event is focused on driving overnight visitation and is supported by Carson City’s Culture and Tourism Authority. “Our goal is to continue to strengthen, and now expand, Carson City’s standing as a music, art and cultural destination,” Lopez said in a press release. “It’s so much more than a music festival. This event will be the crowning achievement for cultural tourism for the region.”