|The SeMiBluegrass Camp|
Coming Soon to a Festival Near You
|Chasin' Steel on stage at Charlotte|
|The Smooth, Cool Sounds of Lindsay Lout & The Flatbellys|
|Wyatt Kuhlman & Chasin' Steel at Aten Place|
|The Sting Doctors|
|Hart, Harp & Bones|
Probably some of the best music I heard came from members of the legendary U.P. bluegrass band Frostbitten Grass, who reunited after a 10-year hiatus and dished out some of the grooviest, hippest (and late at night in the campground, some of the funniest "PG13") music of the summer. By no means a typical bluegrass band, their sound is hard to classify other than "infectious" or "fascinating". Check them out online, you'll dig it.
|Sparrow Tree Getting it Done Vocally|
Finally, I attended the Marshall Bluegrass Festival in Marshall, Michigan. Long known as the premier "Parking Lot Picker" festival in Michigan, this was another festival with an uncertain future after the passing of promoter Burke Cole. Thankfully, his nephew Jeremie Cole has picked up where he left off and forged on, full-speed-ahead. When I arrived early Thursday, I was forced to park in the far corner of the festival grounds. This was awesome news because: 1) it meant attendance was way up from last year, when I arrived late and parked near the middle of the grounds and 2) new upgrades to the fairgrounds meant I still was able to access 20V, 30V or 50V electrical service! Evident from the time you pulled in the gate was all the hard work Jeremie and his army of helpers put into growing the festival. There were activities every day of the week starting the Sunday before the festival! A well organized and well-run kids activity area looked like a lot of fun. The band scramble shows were just as good as the regular stage shows, and the workshops were not only well-attended, but fun, informative and entertaining.
|Dragon Wagon and a FULL dance tent!|
|Out of Mind Bluegrass|
|Late night, under a tent, with a bunch of strangers playing|
music. It don't get no better than that!