After Eilen Jewel, there weren’t any acts that really interested us until the closing act, Donna The buffalo. So we wandered around watching the hippies do their thing. We stacked rocks, we played with fire. We walked the nature trails.
The dance tent had dance lessons every couple of ours or so. Swing, two-step, contra, aand I don’t know what all else. I didn’t have my nerve up to try it this time, But I’m getting sold on the idea that it could be fun. The bands they had playing at the dance tent were mostly amateur bands but they sounded really good and they had a good enthusiastic vibe.
Quite by accident, we discovered that this one tent had a whole series of blues muscians lined up from the Music Maker Relief Foundation. I don’t think they were even on the official schedule of the event. And it amazed me because they had John Dee Holeman, Captain Luke (whose “Outsider Lounge” CD I play alot on my show). We also saw Abe Reid, but we didn’t get a chance to hang around and see if he played or not. But we did get a great recording of John Dee Holeman singing “Hoochie Coochie Man,” which I’ve uploaded here.
So then we wandered back to where we’d staked our claim at the main stage. We had several hours to go still until Donna The Buffalo came on. But we were tired of walking around.
Good God, the acts that they had lined up for the evening at the main stage were awful. A rap artist from Durham who spewed every politically correct buzz phrase all at once. A very self-absorbed valley girl-esque singer songwriter type who spend more time talking to the audience than, you know, actually playing music, but like you know, it’s just as much fun to, like, you know chat with the audience and not worry about talent and stuff. And then there was a trippy band from up north who had this middle eastern/folk/electric fusion thing going on. Which I grant was kinda cool for, i dunno, the first 5-10 minutes. But after that you began to realize all oftheir songs had exactly the same rhythm over and over and over again.
So I was NOT impressed with whoever did the bookings for the main stage. To think that Eilen Jewel had to go on before these turkeys really made me mad. And to think that these acts got billing on the main stage while some very well resected Blues legends were shuttled off to a secondary tent and not even properly put on the schedule so that people could know they were there was just a crying shame.