|Black Betty, Michael, and Sam|
|Suwannee kiss from Melanie|
Saturday Morning started out with rain and a visit from my sister, niece, and two great nephews, Dutch and Raleigh. Not only was it Dutch and Raleigh's 1st music Festival, it was the first time that Black Betty, Becky, and I got to meet the little fellows, so it was doubly sweet that this all took place at Springfest. The weather soon cleared and we were off to show the boys how to Festival!
|Dutch checking out Greensky Bluegrass|
|Raleigh diggin' the groove|
Our Saturday shows were Darol Anger and Republic of Strings, Bobby Miller and the Virginia Dare Devils, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Randall Bramblett and Geoff Achison, The Joe Craven Trio, Donna The Buffalo, Greensky Bluegrass, and Yonder Mountain String Band. As always, it was give and take, it was hard to miss other groups that we would have like to see but choices had to be made.
|Paul Hoffman and Mike Devol, Greensky Bluegrass.|
|Mike Bont, Greensky Bluegrass.|
|The Yonder Spring Jam|
Sunday was cool and breezy in the morning. We were looking for a relaxing day, because we didn't have to pack up and leave like we have at times in the past. We wandered up to see Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson playing the Amphitheater stage. I still have memories of happy times and happy tunes from Guy back in the 1970's. It's all pretty dark these days and Guy has been battling poor health for a few years now. If you've seen him in the last few years, you know what I am saying. Many tears were shed during the show.
|Verlon Thompson and Guy Clark.|
|Gnometown Gang, Phil, MDiddy, BB, Becky, Nate|
|Lilly, Chris, Black Betty, and M Diddy enjoying the Yonder show|
|Festivarians, Becky, Rex Thompson, Black Betty, Marie|
- Once again this festival was a wonderful way to start off the season for our family and friends.
- I hate that we had friends who couldn't be there. We missed you!
- These musicians are among the best in the business. I'm sorry that I didn't get to catch many of the wonderful bands that played. You just can never see them all. Maybe next year.
- The crowd is always friendly, accepting, and appreciative. Anyone would have a difficult time not fitting in.
- The organization of the festival was as smooth as ever, no surprises, no hassles.
- The grounds are always a great place to camp, the river a sweet place to swim. The weather, perfect.
- Did I mention Sweet Revenge's apple crisp and ice cream?
- Boogie Cat was in attendance, but seemed pretty mellow. It looked like there were several lone dance-masters ready to step in and take his place if he's lost his boogie.