Floydfest 16 gathers singular acts, handles astonishing curveball
August 2, 2016 - Supermoon
The thesis for this year’s jubilee of Floydfest was “Dreamweaving,” and dreams positively became a existence for Lexington organisation Moonshine District, who achieved 4 sets during a weekend and garnered many new friends and fans interjection to their distilled harmonies and Appalachian-rooted songwriting.
Floydfest’s opening day had many of a festival’s “on a rise” bands holding core theatre including Dalton Dash, Rebekah Todd The Odyssey and Moonshine District, who achieved on a Speakeasy and V.I.P. stages. Moonshine District lead vocalist Maggie Noelle showed off her considerable outspoken operation during a opening of “Treat ‘Em Right” and after total with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Katie Didit for strange harmonies on strange balance “Down in a Holler”. The quintet after kicked their power adult a nick for a lightning fast, feet stomping strain “Cornbread” before shutting their set with one of their newer songs, patrician “Firestarter.”
As Thursday rolled around, fans nearing were greeted by a initial of 7 sets via a weekend from Love Canon, a bluegrass-infused 80’s cocktail cover rope from circuitously Charlottesville, Virginia. Led by guitarist Jesse Harper and Jay Starling on dobro, Love Canon put a uninformed turn on many sentimental hits during their handful of sets, including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Toto’s “Africa,” Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” Thomas Dolby’s “Blinded Me With Science” and many more.
Standing out from a swarming collection of “on a rise” bands on Thursday were Washington D.C. area organisation Dale The ZDubs and The Blind Owl Band from Saranac Lake, New York. A cranky between stone and funk, a ZDubs achieved an eye-popping set led by a power of front-man Dale. The Blind Owl Band, who also recently achieved during Super Moon Festival in Eolia, Ky. followed a ZDubs with a set shortly afterward during a insinuate Ferrum Workshop Porch as a object set on Thursday’s action. Led by Arthur Buezo on guitar and James Ford on banjo, a organisation facilities hard-driving vocals with an equally as burning rock-bluegrass twang.
As The Blind Owl Band’s set closed, a skies non-stop up, spurring festival congregation to run for cover and sound and theatre crews scrambling to strengthen and break-down equipment. The determined deluge gimlet down for over an hour, ensuing in delays of fan favorites Railroad Earth and Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats. Fortunately for festival staff and fans, a residue of a weekend remained mostly dry and sunny.
Friday noted Floydfest’s second bone-fide day of low-pitched euphoria capped off by headlining sets from The Wood Brothers and Nahko Medicine for a People on a Dreaming Creek categorical theatre and Colorado rockgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon and despondency powerhouse Pimps of Joytime late night on a Hill Holler and Speakeasy stages respectively.
The Pimps of Joytime set saw an superfluous throng going outward of a atmospheric Speakeasy tent as they non-stop with “Freedom Dancer” and “Heart is Wild” off their many new record “Jukestone Paradise.” Both tunes underline a teeming low-pitched bravery of front-man Brian J total with a radiant backup vocals of Mayteana Morales and Kim Dawson. The organisation after exercised their tender despondency bravery on tack “Janxta Funk” and “Zydeco.”
If there was one day to round as “must attend” for Floydfest 16, it would’ve been Saturday, even after Gregg Allman’s headlining set was cancelled. The festival pronounced a song fable was in a Roanoke sanatorium and incompetent to make his scheduled performance. In his place, Leftover Salmon’s late-night set Saturday in a Pink Floyd Beer Garden was changed to Allman’s categorical theatre container and dubbed a “Buffalo Mountain Jam” and featuring sit-ins from other several Floydfest performers, including Keller Williams, Jeff Sipe, Monophonics, T Sisters, Kim Dawson and more. The once in a lifetime super-jam paid reverence to Allman with a cover of The Allman Brothers Band classical “Whipping Post,” featuring Williams on lead vocals. Warren Haynes, also an Allman Brothers Band alumni, also respected Allman with a cover of “Jessica” to tighten out his set with a Ashes Dust rope only before to a common jam.
Two of Floydfest’s many pleasing surprises took a Speakeasy theatre by charge back-to-back on Saturday afternoon — Chicago’s The Steepwater Band and a T Sisters from a San Francisco Bay area. Both groups featured really resisting yet equally appealing styles, The Steepwater Band being an in-your-face blues stone outfit, and a T Sisters featuring synchronized folk-pop harmonies and no necessity of sass. Both groups sets featured songs aged and new, with The Steepwater Band carrying recently expelled a record patrician “Shake Your Faith” and a T Sisters prepping for a new recover in early October.
Closing out Saturday’s low-pitched movement was a tip late-night unison on a tenth tip theatre nestled within a circuitously forest. The unison was dubbed “Lost in Time” due to Festival organizers changing a name of this year’s festival to “16” to compare a year even yet it’s a festival’s 15th go-around. The tip jubilee was hosted by a Pimps of Joytime and also featured performances from Higher Learning and Marley Carroll.
After busking among a throng Saturday afternoon, Lexington’s Moonshine District re-took a V.I.P. theatre early Sunday morning for a wake-up set on a festival’s decisive day. Soon to follow were jazzy bluegrass plan Dustbowl Revival, whose singular brew of fibre and coronet instruments combined a enchanting sound homogeneous of a New Orleans travel rope fasten army with a on-going bluegrass project.
Providing a relaxing change of gait mid-afternoon was Nederland, Colorado’s Elephant Revival. The balmy harmonies of Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law echoed beautifully via a surrounding healthy amphitheater of a Hill Holler stage. The rope has done waves with April’s recover of their latest manuscript “Pedals.”
Following Elephant Revival was Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass and Keller Williams with his despondency rope More Than A Little. Greensky has reinvented and ascended a bluegrass ranks in their ten-year story due to a artistic mind of lead vocalist and mandolinist Paul Hoffman and musicianship of guitarist Dave Bruzza and dobro master Anders Beck.
More Than A Little sealed down Floydfest’s Hill Holler theatre for a weekend with a rousing set of gospel and despondency churned with a standard attract of Williams. The organisation put a new turn on a Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” and The Grateful Dead’s “Eyes of a World.” Coincidentally, Bruce Hornsby and his rope The Noisemakers sealed out a categorical theatre only after More Than A Little’s performance. Last summer, Hornsby achieved with The Grateful Dead during their “Fare Thee Well” 50-year reunion collection of shows in San Francisco and Chicago.
One final set from Moonshine District and up-and-coming organisation Con Brio helped to put an exclamation indicate on Sunday and Floydfest 16. Con Brio is a funk-pop outfit also hailing from a Bay area that facilities Ziek McCarter on lead vocals, embodying many of a same low-pitched traits as a late Michael Jackson — a sexy getup, nimble limbs, sharp dance moves and a voice with operation that grabs we and final we attention. The appetite pouring out from McCarter was directly reciprocated to a throng who danced feverishly along with McCarter and company.
Floydfest offering some-more than it’s satisfactory share of low-pitched excellence, and a festival staff were prepared for anything thrown their approach proves how special of a place Floydfest and a people concerned are. Saturday night’s super-jam was a once in a lifetime partnership that came together rather abruptly and went off but a hitch. The brew of “on a rise” and big-time acts during Floydfest is forlorn by any other festival, and is because Floydfest can be approaching to have success for years to come.