Friday, August 5, 2011

Floydfest X Rocks the BlueRidge

 Last weekend we spent three days on the BlueRidge Parkway not far from Floyd Virginia enjoying the many sounds emanating from Floydfest X. This was the 10th anniversary of the festival which has grown successively each year - in the number of stages, musicians, and attendees. Besides several national acts, the festivals emphasizes the local music scene through the Virginia Folklife Porch and the Emerging Artists Series. In past years we tried to soak in as much music as physically possible - hustling across the festival grounds in between sets. This year, we took a more measured approach and spent most of the day at one end of the festival - and that ended up being the Hill Holler stage side. In this fashion we were able to see many acts in the Beer Garden; Rose's Pawn Shop, the Pimps of Joytime, and Larry Keel on the Holler, and then Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Nat Reese, Larry Keel & Jorma Kaukonen, and plenty more on the Virginia Folklife Stage. Then there was plenty of the Reverend Peyton on both the Beer Garden and Dance tent stages. Yet, when it came to Taj Mahal, Donna the Buffalo, William Walter, and Big Daddy Love, we ventured to the other side. In fact, Donna the Buffalo kept us up until 3:00 am Saturday, which made it difficult to rise early to watch William Walter and Jesse Chong on the main stage Sunday morning. Then, we had to venture to Foggy Ridge Cider to tape an episode of MyJoogTV with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Sleep is defiantly a short commodity. We are slowing releasing photos on the MyJoog Facebook site as well as videos at MyJoogTV YouTube channel.

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