June 1-3, 2023

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We don’t know what to say, except: “Craig Leerman, we love you!”*

Schellraiser 2023 is shocked and saddened to hear that our production manager Craig Leerman of Tech Works has died.
Working with Craig on last year’s event was among the greatest experiences of my life, and I was so genuinely overjoyed to be teaming up with him again for Schellraiser 2023. Craig was a true professional, and his commitment to his craft was on display during every single moment of last year’s festival. I didn’t know what to expect the first time I cold-called Craig to speak with him about Schellraiser in early 2020. But based on my experiences attending other shows and festivals over the years, I was neurotically prepared for the possibility that some technical problem/s might arise. Stupid me.

Every aspect of Craig’s production was ultimately flawless, and I’d go so far as to say that the sound quality was the best I’ve ever heard at any outdoor event, period. Of course, that should not have surprised me, had I delved a little deeper into Craig’s background and resume. Over the years, he worked with everyone from Smokey Robinson to Sun Ra; The B-52’s to The Beach Boys; Waylon Jennings to Wu-Tang Clan; Fela Kuti to Roberta Flack. From Maryland to Nevada, Craig had a hand in everything from presidential inaugurations and trade shows to charity events and festivals like ours.

Apart from his obvious expertise, one thing I’ll miss most about Craig is his wonderful sense of humor. The sound of his laugh, too. We’ll be remembering Craig this June, and in the meantime, we’d like to extend our thoughts and condolences to his family. Although I’ll dearly miss Craig, we are incredibly fortunate to have Kelly Dodge in his place, going forward. Kelly worked with Craig on Schellraiser 2022, and his contributions helped make our first-ever event the success that it was.

~ Rudy Herndon, Schellraiser 2023

*This is a reference that only festivalgoers from 2022 will get. We meant it then, and we mean it now.

Schellraiser staff install solar panels at the Schellraiser Music Festival grounds in McGill, NV

The first phase of our solar energy project is nearly finished!

Our private campground is totally off-grid, so these panels will power our furnished glamping tents, yurts and shipping container homes. The system includes battery storage units, which will help us keep the power on when the sun isn’t shining. We’ll also have backup generators in place during special events and other busy times of the year.

Camp home featured on HGTV
The newest addition to the Schellraiser campground had a starring role this month in the new HGTV series “Off the Wall Builds.” Alternative Living Spaces of Las Vegas built the shipping container home as a dwelling unit for a family in California. But we wound up buying the home when Alternative Living Spaces gave it a slight makeover, after the HGTV episode was filmed. It’s one of two container homes that will be available to rent this June for the Schellraiser 2022 festival. Both homes have rooftop decks and bathrooms; one home has a kitchen, while the other features custom-made bunkbeds and a built-in tent on the roof.

Schellraiser boosts camping options
With less than four months to go until Schellraiser 2022, we’ve doubled the number of glamping tents available to rent this spring at our campground near McGill. Our Lotus Belle-brand tents are the first of their kind in White Pine County, and were designed to offer guests a comfortable and unique camping experience. All of the tents are fully furnished, with king-and queen-size platform beds, jute mat flooring and other amenities. Keep an eye on our website for a link to campground reservations, which will be available exclusively to festivalgoers in late May and early June.

For the past four months, we’ve been developing a private campground on 80 acres about one mile north of the festival venue at the McGill Pool Park. New roads and designated camping spaces are now in place, and in the coming months, we’ll be turning our attention to landscaping and infrastructural improvements on the property. We’ll have six camping yurts and six glamping tents (ranging in diameter from 12 to 20 feet) available for nightly rentals during the visitor season, which typically runs from April through October. For the festival itself, we’ll be boosting that number, with 40 furnished and unfurnished tents from our friends at the Shelter Co. Access to the Schellraiser campground entrance is via a dirt road that is not regularly maintained, so attendees with RVs and cars with trailers are strongly advised not to travel down it.

Snow-covered Ward Mountain rises to nearly 11,000 feet south of the Schellraiser campground site in Eastern Nevada’s Steptoe Valley.

The Schellraiser 2022 music festival kicked off its fundraising drive last week by donating $25,000 to the nonprofit Nevada Northern Railway in Ely. The donation will help the railway complete the restoration of Locomotive 81.

Schellraiser founder Rudy Herndon (third from left) is pictured with Lennox Purinton (left), Henry Stewart, Gary Hansen, NNRy President Mark Bassett, Heidi Still and John Henry McDonnell.

[Photo courtesy of Angie Stevens/Nevada Northern Railway]

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and statewide restrictions on outdoor gatherings, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone Schellraiser until June 2022. We are optimistic that Covid vaccines will become widely available to the general public this year, and that the pandemic will be under control by late spring of next year. We encourage everyone to get immunized as soon as they’re eligible to receive one of the vaccines. In the meantime, we hope that you’ll continue to wear face masks and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. The future of the live music industry — and this event — depends on these simple and courteous precautions.