Category Archives: Festival Reviews

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee returns to Southern California

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee
Huck Finn Jubilee
October 5-7, 2018
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Ontario, California
Photographer: Allen Erwin Continue reading The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee returns to Southern California

2018 Floyd Fest

Floyd Fest
Jul 25 – Jul 29, 2018
Floyd, VA
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

The 18th version of Floyd Fest was held at their bucolic location on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. It’s hard to imagine a prettier place. The five-day festival holds around 15,000 fans and has developed a unique vibe. As with many festivals, the fans feel free to let themselves go and become one with their inner hippie more than they usually can during their “normal” life, but Floyd Fest brings out another level of fan. The festival isn’t very easy to get to (although the festival directors bend over backwards to try and accommodate). Most folks must park off-site, which is a lot several miles away, and then take busses fixed with trailers to get their gear in. Once on the festival grounds, there is a ready supply of volunteers driving golf carts waiting to help you get to your campsite of choice, but perfectly flat camping is a difficult find also. So why are so many folks dedicated to returning year after year? It’s the amazing vibe of true hard-core music fans, gathering to share their love of music and each other and this very beautiful place. Continue reading 2018 Floyd Fest

19th Annual Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2018
19th Annual Summer Camp
Chillicothe, IL
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir

The unofficial kick off to summer is Summer Camp Music Festival. After it’s 19th year Summer Camp has solidified its name as the premier festival in the Midwest and continues to grow. Having ten stages with music being played on them nearly twenty hours a day, Summer Camp has become a music festival buffet that has something for everyone. Who says you have to be a kid to go to camp?

The unofficial camp counselors of Summer Camp are the boys from Umphrey’s McGee. From stage time to organizing the festival’s kickball game, the band has earned all possible camp badges at this point. Their Friday night set showed why the band has come to the forefront of jam scene. Starting off with, “Maybe Someday” they let everyone know they are not afraid of heights. “All in Time” seemed to have a little extra magic sprinkled on it sounding like an anthem being played across the festival grounds. “Booth Love” had support from Ryan Zoldis and Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce with all the juices flowing everyone ended set one in fourth gear with “Call to Arms”, from the infamous Sturgill Simpson.

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Rooster Walk 10

Words/photos by Bob Adamek

There were many choices on the east coast for great live music over Memorial Day weekend — from DelFest in Cumberland, MD to the Greenwich Town Party in Connecticut. However,  it would have been really hard to beat the lineup and fun at Rooster Walk 10 in Martinsville, VA.

The four day festival is held on a gorgeous tract of land in Martinsville, VA called Pop’s Farm, featuring gently rolling hills, a beautiful small lake and three stages plus a VIP stage that all have their own vibe. The festival has seen steady growth and puts together a more impressive lineup every year. The overall vibe is relaxed and family friendly. Camping is available and there are many affordable rooms in Martinsville. Continue reading Rooster Walk 10

Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

Monterey International Pop Festival 50th anniversary
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey CA
June 17-19, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Susan J Weiand

Monterey International Pop Festival, celebrating 50 years, maintained a “music, love and flowers” mindset throughout the festival grounds, with an ambiance that hearkened back to the Summer of Love. An on-site photo gallery, a tribute to the film, art exhibits and hands-on workshops also added to the scene.

It was a weekend full of big moments. Artists on this year’s lineup shared the sentiment that they were honored and inspired to represent the festival’s rich history at the 50-year celebration. They paid tribute to the 1967 performers by covering their songs, highlighted by Leon Bridges & Nathaniel Rateliff’s duet of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.” Continue reading Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

Greensky Bluegrass on the river

Greensky Bluegrass
Beale Street Music Festival
Memphis, Tennessee
May 5, 2017
Words/photos by Josh Mintz

Beale Street Music Festival is an annual poor weather magnet. Each May, as Memphis in May begins with the music fest held on the Mississippi River, it’s not so much an if or when it will rain – it’s more like “how much rain are we going to get?” Continue reading Greensky Bluegrass on the river

First Weekend of the 47th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

First Weekend of the 47th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, LA
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins

The aromas of boiling crawfish, sweet beignets stuffed with pralines, curry, pecan catfish meuniere, fried soft shell crabs and so much more blew over the fairgrounds pulling you in along with the music of Alex McMurray and His Band playing on the Gentilly Stage. The 47th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was underway!

Running for two  consecutive weekends (always the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May) the festival offers up a gumbo of musical genres, cultural activities and mouth watering dishes that help make New Orleans one of the top food destinations in the world. This year welcomed a thirteenth stage to the festival, the music of Cuba. With the easing of political tensions, Quint Davis (CEO of Festival Productions) welcomed Cuban Ambassador, Jose Ramon Cabanas, to the festival along with New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu; former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu; and Jazz and Heritage Foundation President Donna Santiago. Continue reading First Weekend of the 47th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

13th Annual Wanee Music Festival 2017

13th Annual Wanee Music Festival 2017
Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, Florida
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir

This year’s Wanee Music Festival, located at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in North Central Florida, delivered one of the more solid lineups of the 2017 festival season. Though it takes place in the spring, it set the bar for what a schedule should look like.

An important factor all these years for setting the bar high for Wanee was Butch Trucks. The untimely passing of Trucks in January brought the Wanee community together in an unprecedented way, to honor his life and say thanks for impacting so many over the course of his life. There was an extra sense of camaraderie – both on and off stage – the entire weekend because of the tragedy. Everyone truly realized how fortunate they were to be able to experience this year’s festival. Continue reading 13th Annual Wanee Music Festival 2017

Lucero Family Block Party 2017

Lucero Family Block Party
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, Tennessee
April 22, 2017
Photos by: Josh Mintz

With threats of severe thunderstorms in the forecast, Lucero held strong to their rain or shine plans for their annual Family Block Party held on Saturday, April 22. While the rain did indeed pound Memphis in the morning, by mid-afternoon when the music started, the precipitation had died down to a not-bad-enough-not-to-go-but-just-enough-to-be-annoying level.

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At the Beach with the Avett Brothers

At The Beach – The Avett Brothers (and friends)
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
February 09-12, 2017
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

It was almost a cliche. Taking the stage on the very first night of their At The Beach festival in Mexico, the Avett Brothers kicked off their headlining set with “At The Beach.”

And, it was perfect. Continue reading At the Beach with the Avett Brothers