2005: First year, holy awesome batman I love it. Cyro Baptista and Beat the Donkey was ridiculous. Watching people come see my friends Madahoochi over Primus. Having a VIP ticket to something for the first time, ever, period. Seeing my friend Shawn Hartung perform on stage with Steve Kimock. Meeting Steve Kimock. Being driven around on carts because they thought we were "actual" VIP's. Delta Nove. Green Lemon.
2006: MMW + Trey. GRAB. Actually not hating the Black Crows. 200-ish people crowded into the Saloon stage for Madahoochi, while Trey tore it up outside (I could be mixing up '05 / '06 - don't remember which year they played "against" which.) Getting a backrub backstage while Trey started. "Free slaps on the ass" girls (who were from St. Louis, it turned out.)
2007: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen - amazing. Zappa Plays Zappa, a highlight of my life much less the festival. Madahoochi finally having enough people at the Saloon stage that you could barely find a spot outside, much less inside. Spending 4+ hours a day promoting Madahoochi. Still being up at Sunrise on Sunday, packing up and driving home tired as hell.