Every year at FloydFest, Thursdays get a little crazier.
Last year, the lineup nearly sold out the joint. This year, the lineup did sell out the joint.
As I wrote in a story that will show up in tomorrow’s edition of The Roanoke Times and roanoke.com, it was FloydFest’s first sold-out Thursday in it’s first fully sold-out event. And as intern Frank Diez helped me point out, it came with a logistical problem.
What filled the grounds this Thursday was a wild combination of bands – Gogol Bordello just murdered it for the short time I got to watch the band, and put on the best show my young Diez has ever seen. The Lumineers, with the longlasting 2012-2013 hit “Hey Ho” and a superior number – the syncopated, paraoid “Submarines,” played a set equal to and maybe stronger than it played opening earlier this year for Old Crow Medicine Show.
Yep, people had a hard time getting in. And we’ll see if they have a hard time getting out. But in between, with a promising weather forecast that clocks in cooler than the norm, with about the same amount of rain, is the event’s wheelhouse.
For this blogger, Thursday is always an adjustment – working out some sort of wireless access and wrangling something for print. Meanwhile, great music is happening, and I’m missing more than I would like. Larry and His Flask knocked folks out, from what I have heard – no surprise there. Having heard the band a couple of times around Roanoke, I can tell you that it’s an arse-kicker.
But as I sit here a-bloggin’ from the Pink Floyd beer garden, Lizzy Ross, her good band and interesting songs are following a really unusual and rocking band called Tauk, I heard another good one earlier, while writing to deadline — The Royal Tinfoil, which reminded me of a larger, poppier version of Megan Jean & the KFB.
Now that I’m free of print deadline pressures and working out wireless, it’s time to get on with the listening and more blogging. Till next time, let’s get a look at dancer Evo-Latic.