Strawberry Report: Fresh Bands Off The Vine
|This appeared in ANewsCafe.com - May 27, 2009|
The four-day Strawberry Music Festival near the western edge of Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite places to check out new music. The spring version of the festival wrapped up last weekend (theres also a fall Strawberry each Labor Day weekend) and it was a beauty.
Regular Strawberry attendees breathed a huge sigh of relief as the weather was perfectly sunny and warm. Last spring, four days of cold rain pretty much drenched every ones spirits.
Attendance was noticeably down at the festival (it typically sells out), but for those who came, the lower numbers made for an easier, more tranquil time (easy to park and set up camp, plenty of good places to sit). The chatter was that the recession was the culprit. Im sure last springs rain didnt help, and neither did a rise in ticket prices adult four-day passes are now $200.
In my opinion, that ticket is still a pretty good bargin for 21 bands and four nights of camping.
Anyway, I didnt see every act, but of the ones I caught, heres who really stood out for me:
Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives
Marty can continue to wear the big hair and leather pants, because hes one of the best pickers in the entire world. Hes off the charts on mandolin and he played a lot of great electric guitar as well. I liked the set that went from high-energy electric country to more traditional bluegrass.
By Jim Dyar
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