Fantastic. The Best Fest this year. Incredible Line-up, spectacular weather, great people, good food. There on the 19th iteration of the annual event, and it was very well run.
Hot Tune played 3 sets, String Cheese Incident played 2, Keller Williams played all weekend, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe closed the weekend. Plenty of Country and Bluegrass, even some Afro and Latin beats to go along with all the rock, funk, and some blues.
Different. I made a great mistake in buying the 5-day GA tent pass. A mistake because the car would be 20 minutes away (45 if you count the waiting line). I fixed that mistake by buying an offsite camping pass (Delta Lot) where I could camp by the car. I kept the onsite spot (for breaks, cooler, sunscreen, snacks, emergency nap) and it was a wise decision. Leaving Delta Lot turned out to be a 12 hour commitment.
Up and Coming (New for me): The Acids Cats blend Jazz and Funk into a dancing party atmosphere. It Dizzy Gillispie meets James Brown. Bella Bartok captivated audiences with their blend of dramatic funky party sounds. Its Frank Zappa meets Freddie Mercury with a touch of Rocky Horror Picture show. The Chupacabrs featured horns backed by funk.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe are the bomb. Great horns, backed by the incredible DJ Willians on the funky guitar.
The War and Treaty: Husband and wife soulful vocals. She sounds like Aretha,and looks/ moves like Tina Turner. He can go from Al green to James Brown with his voice, Maybe the best soulful male/female combo vocals I've seen.
Lucas Nelson and the Promise of Real: Damn, country boy can pay that ole guitar, great vocals too. When he leaves his Country roots behind, he pleases this guy.
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are legends,, being on the cutting edge, for over 50 years, in creating the tightest, bluesy, roots music.
Karl Denson and the Tiny Universe closed (and stole) the show.
Lucas has some great vocals, and plays a mean guitar. I wish he would leave his country roots at home.
Fun, fun, fun. And talented too.
Karl Denson's Little Universe had this big guy killing it.