It was a great festival season around these parts. First was Asheville Music Jam in Deerfields, NC. Got things started off great! Highlights were Franti, Acoustic Syndicate, Toubab Krewe, Afromotive, The Bridge and Incognito Mosquito. It just whetted my appetite for more shows. Bele Chere was next and my highlights were Telepath, Bio Ritmo and Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and Fifth House. Later was Ashefest again at Deerfields. Great venue! Highlights were New Monsoon, Particle, Codetalkers, Laura Reed, Heavy Pets and Suenalo. Next was Trade Music Farm (coolest venue by far) and Toubab Krewe and Incognito Mosquito really rocked. After that was The Echo Project. This was the first year for this festival and it was great! The Disco Bisquits, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Franti, Col Bruce, Mofro were some of my favorites. And last but not least was LEAF which was all around great! Looking forward to next year.