September 22, 2016
Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir
One of the meanings for revival is an improvement in the condition or strength in something, and Elephant Revival seems to never forget that. The band came back to Indianapolis, Indiana September 22nd, 2016 making it the first stop on their tour in support of their new album “Petals.” Elephant Revival’s companions on the fall tour, Dead Horses, set the mood by getting everyone comfortable at the picturesque Hi-Fi, in one of downtown’s most gentrified districts.
The Milwaukee-based trio’s acoustic set included, Sarah Vos on vocals and guitar, Peter Raboin on guitar, mandolin and vocals and the lower acoustic end Daniel Wolff on Double Bass and vocals. The band’s moral compass aligns with that of the headliner that we are all one and that love is the path to unity through the darkness to better times. Their haunting Americana Folk melodies drifted through the Hi-Fi compelling the audience to join their path of unity.
When Elephant Revival took the stage, Bonnie Paine on washboard, djembe, musical saw and stompbox, Bridget Law on fiddle, Charlie Rose on banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello and double bass, Dango Rose on double bass, mandolin and banjo and Daniel Rodriguez on guitar, banjo and double bass, the crowd settled in for a relaxing quaint evening with the band.
There were moments throughout the night where the band proved time and again how masterfully they have continued to grow and how they create their own style and genre. Several times throughout the performance Bonnie’s emotion came out showcasing her strength lies in being able to tell such a tale through her lyrics as well as stage presence. The band finds strength tying themselves around things that revolve around the universe, in their new album they have delved into things revolving around social issues. The band’s new music video “When I Fall” found them working with a non-profit agency to raise awareness and funds for the current immigrant and refugee crises.
A new, stronger sense of intimacy seemed present on stage with them. Maybe there is power in numbers, maybe each member is more in touch with themselves, or with each other, whatever seemed to bring it out, it seems strong enough to not wilt away anytime soon. The passion they brought as well is such that you could not walk away that night without being inspired, having every emotional string tugged.
Charlie Rose brings a new dynamic, his skills on the pedal steel felt right alongside the rest of the band. Another pleasant surprise was Bonnie on the electric cello. Yet another meaning of revival is an instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again. It is safe to say the band continues to show the importance of using each member’s talents to amplify one another’s. Very few bands can have their instrumental parts tell a story as much as their lyrics do.
The distance fans are willing to travel to see their favorite band says a lot about the connection they feel towards the band. Inside the Hi-Fi there were fans from all over the Midwest. Along the rail were four fans from South Bend, Indiana who had plans to catch the first four shows of the band’s tour, by the end of the night it seemed they had convinced a couple next to them from Chicago to follow them to Wisconsin to catch the second night of the tour. The common theme among the crowd was it is truly a treat when Elephant Revival comes to your town. In this day and age with everyone having a camera in their pocket and a conversation that cannot wait until after the show, a true sign of fan appreciation was shown that night by both of those things being kept at a minimum.
If your Halloween wasn’t spent at Suwannee this year, you really missed out, the third annual Hulaween, in Live Oak, Florida was by far the best Hulaween to date, a complete success in every way. This year the festival topped all other festival attendance at the park to date breaching 21,000 freaky people!
The weather was breathtaking, compared to last year’s bone chilling nights, cloudy but in the upper 70’s for the duration of the weekend. It actually was a bit too humid during the day the 2nd half of the weekend but bearable.
The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassable. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statures, swing sets, moving lights, mazes and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.
This year’s lineup was stacked, capable to suit all. Bluegrass, EDM, Jam rock, whatever you wanted, was only a stage away, at most times. With headliners String Cheese Incident (of course..7 sets), Railroad Earth, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Slightly Stoopid, Lettuce, Elephant Revival, Papadosio, etc.
The Thursday night pre-party included 5 bands on the amphitheater stage. A relatively light crowd compared to the weekend, making a slightly more intimate setting. EOTO really got the party started, the duo made up of Jason Hann and Michael Travis of SCI, the dynamic drummer/percussion duo, paying their version of electronic jam.
Dumpstaphunk donned costumes and had an epic cover of Ramble On. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, arguably the best touring Grateful Dead “cover band” with an all-star cast super group of musicians, playing their own twist of Dead tunes, belted out a spectacular Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Eyes Of The World (TH) -> The Music Never Stopped -> Jam # -> The Music Never Stopped Reprise +-> Jam $ -> Help On The Way (TH) -> Myxomatosis Jam %+ -> Slipknot! -> China Cat Sunflower Jam +-> Jam ^ -> China Cat Sunflower to end the evening around camp fires, guitars and Spirit lake and stars.
Friday got started on the Main stage with Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds followed by Railroad Earth and then The String Cheese Incident. After just finishing up fall tour, The String Cheese Incident are absolutely on top of their game, pulling out rare treats, musicianship is top notch. Cheese started off Friday with ‘Song in my head’, followed by ‘Can’t wait another day’. Tim Carbone and Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth sat in for ‘Sometimes a River’, a song Keith Moseley and Todd Sheaffer co-wrote in 2005 in Colorado. It was clear the barefoot boys wanted to get those songs out of the way and get straight to the jam. The rarely played ‘Indian Creek’ had an appearance, as well as Kang’s rendition of the old tune, ‘red haired boy’: ‘Valley of the Jig’. ‘Round the wheel’ had some really psychedelic elements in the middle of the song that were really unique, as a huge fan, it’s most definitely my favorite version that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. ‘On the road’ also had some killer jams added to its usual sound.
The second set started out strong with a funky ‘Colliding’. This set was packed full of fan favorites such as, ‘Restless Wind’, Joyful Sound, Mouna Bowa. Shantytown was a favorite of the night, for obvious reasons, it’s such a fitting song for Suwannee. We got a Zeppelin cover for the encore, ‘Ramble On’, an excellent way to end the first incident.
Primus and Pretty Lights closed out the night at the Amphitheater and Main stages, the grounds were peaking out, it was nearly overflowing onto the pavement at Primus and hard to see much if you didn’t get there early. Likewise at Pretty lights the field was completely packed like never before at this venue from stage to vendors and very difficult to traverse once it packed it. Both sets were amazing and full of energy. Primus played classics including Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver, American Life, My Name is Mud and Jerry was a Racecar Driver. Pretty Lights had a lot of very nice lights and tons of energy from the crowd. There was no stopping the tall flags and polls in the crowd at this show even though they were supposedly banned at this years festival. Jon Stickley and Friends played on the Spirit lake Stage until 4am, a great performance to close out the live music
Bluegrass started the day off at the main stage, first with the Jon Stickley trio beginning the dat as it had ended the night before. The the Sam Bush Band. With a Slightly Stupid detour to the Amphitheater Stage, it was SCI again for an epic Hulaween three set stand at the main stage. ‘Dudleys Kitchen’ (classic cheese instrumental) started things off and got everyone moving! The favorite from the first set was “XAI”, formerly known as “Skat”, another instrumental jam, with Kang heavy on the fiddle. Only the 3rd time played all tour, and only the 3rd time played in the last 10 years! Such a welcomed appearance. A first set ‘Rivertrance’ was also a nice Halloween treat. Michael Kang told us before walking off stage for a brief intermission, “I hope yall are wearing your fucking bell bottoms!”
Set 2, (the Halloween set), was a straight up disco, it was simply incredible. The boys came out dressed in their late 70’s-early 80’s attire, Afros and all. Along with a horn section and people professional dancers dancing on each side of the stage with RZA (from Wutang) as emcee. The crowd went nuts as the 1977 classic ‘Brick House’ began. The whole set was all songs from the disco era, that everyone whose anyone is familiar with, ‘Carwash’, ‘Dance to the music’, ‘Got to be real’, ‘I’m your boogie man’ a much different Halloween set than we’re used to seeing.
Set 3 began with the fiddle tune “Bollymunster”, waking everyone back up from the set break and it was all Gouda from there, ‘Desert Dawn’, ‘Best feeling’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Rosie’ this set was a heater. The encore was special, a ‘Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’ followed by ‘We are family’
We closed the night with a set from the New Mastersounds at the Spirit lake Stage.
Sunday Last Day
Following a main stage opener Sunday morning from Elephant Revival, Billy Nershi announced to us that they were feeling “A little rough around the edges” as they took the stage on Sunday afternoon, and that this was the “hangover set.” But it was in every way one of the favorite parts of the festival, since it was a bluegrass hoedown! With guests Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Elephant revival on nearly every song on the first set. The set list was out of this world, for a die-hard cheeser. Opening with a stellar version of a Flatt & Scruggs cover ‘Blue Ridge Cabin Home’.
‘Lester had a Coconut’ was dusted off, and it sounded great. It’s been years since they’ve pulled that one out of the bag. The hangover set was literally full of bluegrass favorites, ‘Catfish John’, 9 pound hammer’, ‘Will the circle be unbroken’.
They wrapped up their last set with a smaller but killer set, ‘Little Hands’, ‘Outside and Inside’, followed by ‘Windy Mountain’, ‘Bumpin Reel’ and ‘Colorado Bluebird Sky’, with a Bob Marley cover/encore ‘Could you be loved’. A perfect way to close their final act.
Lettuce played an stellar set at the amphitheater stage with some new songs off their latest album.
STS9 closed out the main stage as they had a the first Suwanee Hulaween three years before. With a new female bass player Alana Rocklin and Zach Velmer the drummer (arguably the hardest working band member and musician in general) along with tons of crowd energy and crazy awesome light show, played jam based electronic jam. Starting off with a favorite ‘Vapors’ and ‘Inspire Strikes Back’ and closing with ‘World Go Round’ and ‘Instantly’, the only thing wrong was it was just barely a warm up.
Once again, this was the best festival put on a Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and in a dead heat for best festival on land these days. We will all be back next year!
After making their triumphant debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last summer, Colorado folk band Elephant Revival hired a full film crew to record their sold-out two-night stand at the venerable Boulder Theater. They’ve turned those homecoming shows into the CD/DVD Sands of Now, releasing July 24 on United Interests/Itz Evolving Records.
The 19-song collection, which debuts eight new songs, fully captures the joy-in-motion of a quintet known for their musical depth and kinetic energy onstage. The discs, also feature fan favorites, that reveal the band’s growth over their nine years together. The DVD finale, “Rogue River,” conveys the excitement of Elephant Revival’s first appearance at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks.
Sands of Now features Bonnie Paine on vocals, washboard, djembe, stomp box and musical saw; Bridget Law on fiddle and vocals; Dango Rose on bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals; Daniel Rodriguez on guitar, banjo, bass and vocals; and Sage Cook on electric banjo and vocals. Acrobatic dancers Ryan Hamity and Cassie Drew of Fractal Tribe join Elephant Revival onstage for “Ancient Sea” and “Echo’s Rose” (view the video here ), helping the band fulfill their goal of “closing the gap of separation between us through song and dance.”
The band will celebrate their 10-year anniversary in 2016 with a new studio album.
Sands of Now track list:
1. Shadows Passed
2. Sands of Now
4. Fallout Fields
5. The Garden
6. Will Carry On
9. Lost Creek
10. Cosmic Pulse
11. Echo’s Rose
12. Sing to the Mountain
1. Remembering a Beginning
2. Birds and Stars
3. Go On
4. Ancient Sea
5. What’s That?
6. Cosmic Pulse
7. Lost Creek
8. Echo’s Rose
9. Sing to the Mountain
10. Single Beds are Made for One
11. Rogue River (Live at Red Rocks)
Upcoming tour dates:
June 18 – Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, Neb.
June 19 – Fairfest, Fairfield, Iowa
June 20 – Founders Fest, Grand Rapids, Mich.
June 21 – Taste of Randolph, Chicago, Ill.
July 3 – Sunset Concert series, Mountain Village, Colo.
July 10 – Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Mount Solon, Va.
July 11 – All Good Music Festival, Summit Point, W.Va.
July 12 – Green River Festival, Greenfield, Mass.
July 16-19 – Northwest String Summit, North Plains, Ore.
July 21 – Hudson Square Music and Wine Fest, New York, N.Y.
July 24 – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, R.I. (sold out)
July 25 – Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Hiram, Maine
Aug. 6 – Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge, Colo.
Aug. 9 – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Alta, Wyo.
Aug. 14 – NewWestFest, Fort Collins, Colo.
Aug. 15-16 – Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Aug. 29 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. (sold out)
So heading in to Delfest this year there were two questions on everyone’s mind. First what would the weather bring? Would it be the Del Hail from 2009, wet and muddy conditions, or the blazing heat that seems to roll it to Delfest every year? It was none of the above as this year brought something never seen before at Delfest, un-seasonably cold weather. While it was possibly the driest Delfest has ever been, a brief rainstorm late Thursday afternoon, and a few sprinkles that same night during Leftover Salmon’s set being the only precipitation seen all weekend it was the cold that will be remembered weather wise this year. The days were generally comfortable and mild, but as soon as the sun set behind mountains, the temperature dipped to near record lows every night, reaching into the low 40s, high 30s most nights. Fortunately the cold temperatures did nothing to stifle the hot-picking on stage at night.
The second question revolved around the inclusion of the Trey Anastasio Band as a headliner. While there is no doubt of Anastasio’s love of bluegrass and there was palpable excitement leading up to the fest in anticipation about his set (actually two sets), there was some trepidation about the influence his addition might have on the family-friendly-easy-going nature that usually permeates Delfest crowds. The phrase “Please Don’t Wook Delfest” was bandied about quite a bit before the weekend, but it ended up being lot of worry over nothing. There may have a been a slight increase in crowd size, but whether that was due to a natural growth in the size of the fest or because of Trey was really a moot point as the same easy-going-laid back atmosphere that is so pervasive every year at Delfest was evident again. And since Anastasio’s set and appearance was so heavily discussed before the fest, it should be as equally discussed after. To sum up his set in as few words as possible, quite simply he killed it.
Anastasio’s two sets were fairly typical song selection wise for what he has been doing lately with his band. He pulled from all of his various solo albums, though his set this evening was weighted heavily with songs from his self-titled release playing, “Cayman Review,” “Last Tube”, “Drifting”, “Push on till the day”, and “Money, Love, & Change,” this evening. He included the obligatory Phish songs that are a regular part of the Trey Band rotation, “First Tube,” “Gotta Jibboo,” “Sand”, and “Heavy Things.” The “Heavy Things” encore was particularly nasty with the inclusion of Ronnie McCoury’s mind-blowing mandolin work and the tasteful addition of Jason Carter on fiddler. The real highlight of the set was perhaps the worst kept secret of the weekend, the mid-2nd set sit-in of the Del McCoury Band. Rumors had been circulated in the weeks prior of a collaboration between the two. Anastasio in his trademark rambling-story-telling-style explained how he had gotten a copy of a Del McCoury album from the guys in Aquarium Rescue Unit back in the early 90s and was hooked since then. While onstage Del and Anastasio recounted their time playing together back at Phish’s Camp Oswego in 1999, before launching into a brief two song collaboration, “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome” and “Beauty of My Dreams,” which was in the running for the most smile inducing song of the weekend.
As with every year at Delfest the McCoury family are perfect hosts, and Del and his two sons Ronnie and Rob seem to welcome almost every band to the festival by joining them onstage at some point. Del seemed to sit-in a little less frequently than he has in years past, but in addition to his four main-stage sets, an afternoon Masters of Bluegrass set, and the annual McCoury Family Jam, he still found time to join the headliners, Leftover Salmon, Trey Anastasio, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Yonder Mountain String Band for a couple of tunes each night. He also took to the stage with dobro master Jerry Douglas, and walked on with Keller Williams and the McCoury’s to sing his verse in “Bumper Sticker.” Younger brother and banjo picker Rob, while sitting in less than his Dad and brother, made the most of his limited guest spots, with his full set sit-in with the Rambling Rooks (Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby & Kenny Smith from the Lonesome River Band), a real Thursday treat.
The MVP of the McCoury family for the weekend and of the entire festival was hands down mandolinist Ronnie. Already a busy man as it was with his four appearances with The Del McCoury Band, a set with Keller & the McCoury’s, a late night set opening for Leftover Salmon with the Traveling McCoury’s, and a Saturday afternoon inclusion as part of the special one-off All-Star band of Pikelny, Sutton, McCoury, Bulla, & Bales, Ronnie still found time and the energy to grace the stage with a variety of other bands countless times over the weekend. His set with Pikelny, Sutton, McCoury, Bulla, and Bales was a nice surprise Saturday afternoon. Assembled by banjo picker Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and including guitarist Bryan Sutton (Hot Rize), fiddler Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett Band), bassist Barry Bales (Allison Kraus & Union Station), and McCoury, the all-star collective blasted through a set through that pulled tunes from all of their vast repertoire’s.Â The set was a picker’s dream, highlighting some of the best young musicians in the bluegrass world. In addition to all his regularly scheduled sets, Ronnie was a ubiquitous present throughout the weekend, seemingly playing with every band that was at the festival. The phrase, “And will you please welcome to the stage, Ronnie McCoury,” just seemed to be how bands introduced every one of their songs all weekend, as it would then be followed by Ronnie ambling on stage to rip through yet a mind-bending mandolin solo. Listing all the bands who he sat in with would be akin to listing all the bands that were at Delfest. Late night, mid-day, main stage, music hall, it did not matter Ronnie was there. He was not the only musician in Cumberland, it only seemed like it.
As usual the Delfest line-up was stocked with classic legendary bluegrass musicians as well as younger emerging stars. One of the most anticipated sets of the weekend was the Masters of Bluegrass, or as Del called them, The Mob. Comprised of Del on guitar and vocals, his brother Jerry McCoury on bass, JD Crowe on banjo, Bobby Osborne on mandolin, and Bobby Hicks on fiddle, The Mob is truly an once-in-a-lifetime line-up of living legends who can all trace theirÂ roots back to the earliest days of bluegrass. They all joined Del on Saturday night for a brief main-stage appearance that was a showcase for their unparalleled talent. But it was their Sunday afternoon set in the music hall then exemplified their true greatness. Playing without the constraints of time inside the spacious music hall. (Who is going to tell you to wrap it up when your name is the name of the festival?) The five legends played a set that was a journey through the history of bluegrass with Del as your narrator. They played without a set list taking requests from the crowd and each other. The discovery of a previous band’s set list still taped to the stage lead to a humorous exchange within the band about what they should play next.
At the opposite end of the spectrum were those younger bands who are hoping to become the next legends of the genre. At Delfest there were a trio of bands that all seemed to fit that description. Two of them have stormed the jam-grass scene lately. They both arrived on the scene a few years back in a swirl of high-energy picking and jams that finds them easily seguing from a classic Jimmy Martin tune, to a Grateful Dead song, to some random rock cover. The Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass have both seen their respective audiences explode over the past few years, and their rise at Delfest has mirrored that same explosion. They both started as early afternoon bands on the side stage their first years only to quickly find themselves main stage stalwarts and headliner late night acts. This year they both played a pair of main stage sets, as well as each serving as a late-night headliner. And they did not disappoint during either set. Unsurprisingly Ronnie McCoury made an appearance with both of them during their late night sets, joining Greensky for “Eat My Dust”, and the Infamous Stringdusters for a double shot of “Pioneers,” and “Wheel Horse.”
The other band that seemed to garner so much attention over the weekend was Colorado’s Elephant Revival. Elephant Revival is a five-piece band that mixes subtle strains of folk and bluegrass, with dreamy heart-felt lyrics that float along a river of gentle melody weaved by gypsy souls. Every year at Delfest there is that band that seems to burst out of nowhere and Elephant Revival was that band this year. Their two-sets on Friday, on the side-stage and in the music hall were both must attend moments of the festival. Their Behind the Music Artist Play Shop in the Music Hall was overflowing with people and provided a unique insight into the band and their music as they told stories about themselves and their music throughout the set.
As with years past at Delfest, one went into it worried about the weather and anxiously looking forward to the music. And as with years past the weather threw a curve-ball that no one saw coming; this year being the crazy cold temperatures. But at the end of the weekend, as it always does, the weather became a distant thought when thinking back on the weekend. And whether you caught every appearance of Ronnie McCoury, or heard every glorious note that Del sung, or were worried if the world was going to end because Trey was there, in the end it did not matter because just as it is every year at Delfest not matter where you looked, whether on the main stage with the Masters of Bluegrass, in the music hall with Elephant Revival, on the side-stage during the band competition there was some hot picking happening and some incredible music being made, and as it does year after year, Delfest showed why it is one of the best festivals around.
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Nederland, Colorado’s Elephant Revival continues to reveal itself as a blossoming light in the ever expanding neo-folk constellation. Led by the distinctively emotive voice of Bonnie Paine, the acoustic outfit’s sound contains echoes of old time music, the Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars, and a gypsy camp fire. The group’s eclectic mash also features strains of jazz, folk, bluegrass and more, but, thankfully, is not constrained by any one genre.
It’s Alive, which was produced by acoustic string virtuoso Sally Van Meter, captures the evolving sound of a band thatâ€™s been wowing crowds on the festival circuit and beyond. Recorded at Immersive Studio in Boulder, Colorado, the disc – which advertises itself as an EP and captures the organic sound of the band brilliantly – includes seven tracks that shift subtly in tone and mood like the evening shadows in the trees.Â The sound of the washboard set against the strings is always acoustically intriguing, while the entire band breathes like one at its high points.
The track â€œTo and Fromâ€ is a fine example of the band’s more easily accessed sound. The pleasing cut could easily stand strong on the radio. The interestingly titled â€œPart of a Songâ€ is a particularly engaging ditty that features more engaging crooning by Paine. While mostly meditative and pensive, Â the album makes a light-hearted turn on the cut â€œDon’t Drift Too Farâ€ and ends with â€œRaven Song,â€ a fittingly haunting and ethereal a capella composition.
Following a summer full of festival appearances, Ruff Shod/Nettwork recording artists Elephant Revival start their fall tour with a Sept. 20 show at Vail, Colo.â€™s Gerald Ford Amphitheater, and cap the month long run with four nights of intimate performances at Colorado venues. Tickets for these dates â€” Oct. 18 at the Walnut Room, Oct. 19 at the Soiled Dove underground, Oct 20 at Danielâ€™s Hall at Swallow Hill and Oct. 21 at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, near Nederland â€” will be available Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the indie acoustic quintetâ€™s Backdoor Theater premiere party for their new video, â€œGo On,â€ from their 2011 album, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS (see info below). Tickets will go on sale via the bandâ€™s website on Thursday, Aug. 23, and at the four venues on Friday, Aug. 24.
Oct. 18 â€“ The Walnut Room (Walnut Street location), Denver
Oct. 19 â€“ The Soiled Dove Underground, Denver
Oct. 20 â€“ Daniel’s Hall at Swallow Hill, Denver
Oct. 21 â€“ The Stage Stop, Rollinsville
Elephant Revival are: Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe and musical saw); Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola and vocals); Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals); Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar and vocals;) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).
There is something about the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park that causes music to reign supreme at the festivals held upon her majestic grounds. While many events feel that they must get wrapped up in one activity after the next art installation that can be viewed after hopping off a carousel or finishing up a Major League Baseball experience, the events held at Suwannee pride themselves on three things: music, vibe and beautiful grounds. This is not to say that these other things do not have their place at festivals. They just do not have a place a Suwannee.Â
Take last weekend’s Suwannee Springfest, for example. There were many slated acts, but the vibe in the park created a schedule that meant virtually nothing. It said that Larry Keel and Natural Bridge would be playing… then the stage would be filled with so many players that no more could fit.
This passion for playing music continued past the stage as well and, as Honest Tune will be doing at many events this summer, we cornered a whole lot of the slated acts to participate in our Live, Backstage & Unplugged series at several locations throughout the park.Â
In this first part of the series, we will take you into the woods (with a storm swirling above) with Elephant Revival, between the buses (in a busy backstage area)with Emmitt-Nershi and by the outhouse (as the festival was winding down) with The Mosier Brothers.
So sit back, relax, listen, watch and enjoy as Honest Tune and GrooveStreet.TV present Live, Backstage & Unplugged at Suwannee Springfest 2012, part I. Stay Tuned for part II with Larry & Jenny Keel, Jim Lauderdale (who will unveil a brand new Robert Hunter tune), The Infamous Stringdusters and Donna the Buffalo.