FloydFest 8: Revival | 07.23-26 | VA

Sunday, 07.26

Peter Rowan :: FloydFest 8
Sunday began slumped in a chair for some hair-of-the-dog with Adrienne Young's soothing voice and banjo playing. The casual, unpretentious bluegrass of her band, The Old Faithful, was perfect for the blustery, sunny Sunday morning.

The wind soon blew in more rain, forcing The Horse Flies off stage and sending much of the crowd running for shelter from the deluge. Fortunately, the Flies and the audience returned within the hour. The Ithaca, NY band plays ancient instruments, from a rough-looking banjo/ukulele to a vintage fiddle. Highlighted by "Last Train to Rajastan," their show took acoustic music and dipped it in pure psychedelic syrup. It's a wild ride.

Peter Rowan commenced the final hours at Floyd, clearly having fun throughout yodel improvisations and a tongue-in-cheek gospel tune that announced, "We're chopping down the trees for Jesus." He later told us, "This is the most fun we've had all summer," and it seemed like the truth.

After packing up, we stuck around briefly for Railroad Earth, a perfect close to an idyllic weekend.

FloydFest manages to pull off a large-tier festival (15,000 through the gates was the estimate) while maintaining a small-fest vibe. From the first songs to the last, there's never a moment when there isn't world-class music being performed, including when the entire festival's power dies. The bands just grab their instruments and take to the field, while the audience gathers around. Like so many of the bands that played over the four days, young and veteran, if FloydFest can maintain its character as it continues to grow it's inspiring to think of what awaits us in years to come.

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