Yikes! Two weeks since my last post here! I directed my writing energies last week to TriStateIndie.com and FigLancaster.com. I did fulfill my Gigspots duties of attending and filming shows and posting the videos. And now I’m back with plenty to say and HD evidence; great shows are happening all around us both indoors and out!
The first-ever Genesis Fest in York Haven, PA was a huge party with a kickin’ live soundtrack. Mike Males and MyRuralRadio.com staged bands outdoors from noon until 9pm on the seventeen acre property of The Boondocks/Halloween Park. There were food and craft vendors, amusements/play areas for the kids and a booth run by Naylor Winery; their KeWe, a white table wine infused with kiwi, was lip-smacking good over ice! The whole atmosphere reminded me of a family reunion at a rock-and-roll amusement park. After dark, epic York jam-band Dr. Slothclaw played the day’s final set in the nightclub.
I arrived too late for many of my favorite MRR artists: Lone Wolf Project, J.D. Sage and The Dagnabbits, The High Point Ramblers to name a few. I did get to see American Hollar, Darry Miller and The Veil, and Dr. Slothclaw. I have videos posted from their sets. Luckily, Elephant Shoes photographer Jodi Griffin agreed to share some of her work from the day. Nice shooting, Jodi!
I left too early to really appreciate the 100+ campsites on the property’s island but I could see the bonfires the whole drive out of the valley. Allegedly, one end of the island was up cooking until 4am. And I don’t mean pancakes.
Sunday 6/3 was the kickoff event for Long’s Park Summer Concert Series and it was a humdinger! Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds earned headlines, parted some stormy skies and rocked the park! They played some scorching songs from their latest album Pound of Dirt and really owned the stage. Don’t take my word for it; check out the videos or ask the 500+ people who were there!
It’s been two weeks since that show and it’s sticking with me. Last night was another beauty: under the stars on the Long’s Park lawn with Mia Borders! This coming Sunday, it’s a folkie double-header with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.
If live music is best (it is), then live music outdoors might be the best of the best. So what’s to keep you from getting to an outdoor show while it’s fit to be outdoors? There’s a FREE show at Long’s Park every Sunday evening from now until September; the same is probably true for some park in your vicinity. If not, I guarantee there are some very fun and affordable festivals nearby. Here are some that really stand out to me as remarkable artists gathered in memorable places. Wanna live a little?
DNL’s Jam @ the Dam 2012 by DNL Entertainment: 35 bands, 10 acres, draft beer for $30. 6/7/12
MadSummer Meltdown3 (6/22-24) and Meeting of the Minds 5 by JibberJazz Productions in central PA.
Gathering of the Vibes July 19-22 in Bridgeport, CN. Wavy Gravy hosts; need I say more? MiZ is in! This might be the most complete fest with every style of music and huge talent!
WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival (July 20-22). The best fest for friends, neighbors and members like you. Join the station, get discount passes and Wilco/Avett Bros/Dr/ Dog tix included with your pass. A no-brainer, must-go weekend that makes the world a better place!
SummerFest in Milwaukee is the nation’s oldest, biggest fest and July 4th concert. Our friends Lovebettie are playing the main stage this year!
All Good Festival July 19-22 in Thornville, OH: the complete and perfect hippie getaway! Allman Bros, every living Dead member’s bands, DSO, even G. Love and Special Sauce!
BlockStock 4 July 29 in Ocean City, MD: 3 stages, 20+ bands, you’ll probably be in OCMD anyway. Guaranteed to be the biggest party there that night!
Silopanna Festival August 11 near Annapolis, MD at Anne Arundel County Fair Grounds
Hot August Blues Festival August 18 near Cockeysville/Hunt Valley MD
I like outdoor music so much, I throw a three-day party in the mountains just to have some. We build a stage and everything. The events I have listed here barely scratch the surface of what’s out there but you get the idea. It’s summer! Get outside and shake the dust off that thing! Your soundtrack awaits!