As I arrived, Pepper's ska-punk blared from the main stage as Band of Horses' "Funeral" filtered from the Swamp Tent. After taking care of business with HeadCount and Rock the Earth, I eased into the island vibe of Toots & The Maytals. Unfortunately, because of some visa trouble, Rodrigo Y Gabriela were unable to perform. Next was the mighty Los Lobos who provided the perfect soundtrack for the hot Florida afternoon. Taj Mahal, who'd played earlier on the same stage, sat in on a few numbers, getting moving with "Sweet Home Chicago."

Pepper - Weiss

Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) - Photo by Dave Vann

Toots... - Weiss

...and The Maytals - Weiss

Taj Mahal - Weiss

Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) - Weiss

Cat Power - SuperDee

And then there was Chan Marshall, whose fragility brought me to tears. The music of Cat Power is pure emotion. It takes every ounce of her being to project such a feeling and all one can do is stand mesmerized. It was very special to have her and the Dirty Delta Blues band at Langerado. Later, while waiting in line for skirt steak with rice and beans, I felt like I was watching royalty pass by as Chan, carrying a bouquet of flowers, and her rock-entourage elegantly made their way to the artist area. Stunning.

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