Grassroots is rolling. Perfect day, perfect temperatures and wonderful music yesterday. We heard the Horseflies--with new cuts from their new, soon-to-be released CD--very percussive and more electric than I can remember. Judy Hyman is truly a star--with her focus and intelligence shining through with every bow stroke. I hadn't really put it together that the banjo uke, bass, and accordian are really part of the percussion aspect of the group. The crowd was appropriately responsive. Richie was sublime...as usual. And the big surprise was Will from Electric Wilberland and his assistance on the board to make the electric/ synthesized sounds happen so well. High sun, bright, and lots of folks shaking their booties.
Eilen Jewel was stellar(photo of her above). She has a terrific band that goes from zero to sixty-- ramping up the beat and music in a very serious way. She has a lovely clear voice that can keep up with the driving music. We throughly enjoyed her as promised by Nonesuch's Tracy Craig for weeks before. We were appropriately prepped...and were surprised at how great she was.
The happiness parade was happy, I guess. Bunch of people drumming...and all doing their own thing.There was plenty of face paint and ill fitting costumes. There were dream catchers and huge puppets and lots of smiling faces. For those whe pursue this sort of bliss, bliss it was. Speaking of doing your own thing and pursuing your bliss, the next post is one such family.
There was a guy with a buffalo bike...and then, the horse bike. I couldnt resist giving you a peek.
Today is Chicken Chokers play in the Dance Tent. Donna the Buffalo closes the show. A whole lot of other good stuff sandwiched in. More pictures for tomorrow.