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Edward David Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire

BLOOMINGTON — Backyard Tire Fire will headline the inaugural Black Dirt Music Festival, scheduled for July 27 in the lot of Castle Theatre in downtown Bloomington.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with music starting at 5 p.m. The festival will include sets from Chicago Farmer & Friends, Matthew Curry, Edward David Anderson's Black Dirt Revival and John Till.

Tickets are on sale at http://blackdirtmusic.com/festival.php. General admission tickets are $20; limited VIP tickets are $100 and include T-shirt, four drink tickets, access to private air-conditioned Castle Theatre bar and bathrooms, and live feed on the Castle large screen.

Black-dirt music is "not necessarily a genre or sound as much as it is a state of mind," said festival organizer Edward David Anderson, who fronts Backyard Tire Fire. "It's about simplicity and honesty and writing from the heart, out of necessity, not for accolades. It's about working hard and persevering."

He and his wife launched Black Dirt Records in late 2018.

Backyard Tire Fire released six albums and two EPs over a decade, and average 200 shows a year.

A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to Habitat For Humanity McLean County.

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