Days like this are surely what gave rise to the saying “the show must go on.”
A FloydFest 12 that had people in awe about the gorgeous weather had become a quagmire by morning. A steady, often pounding rain began to fall about midnight, as Weather Journal blogger Kevin Myatt said it could. It has been uncharacteristic for this time of year at past FloydFests and is reminiscent of the first event, held during September and defeated by the remnants of a tropical storm that stubbornly hovered.
This is a sticking around kind of rain, too, and may well last the rest of the weekend. But at the Children’s Universe Forever Young Stage, a trio of Music Lab at Jefferson Center singers hit on time, bringing sweet harmonies and soulful leads in front of mostly family and friends staying dry under that area’s big tarp.
Jayna Brown, Christina Reinard and Bella Fulton and their backing trio, including guitarist Gabe Morales, were more than an early relief from stepping around puddles and wishing it was warmer out (btw, my phone says it is 68 degrees, and this breeze flowing through the media yurt feels like no relation to the one that helped the first two dry days rule).
Young Miss Brown is already a minor Youtube celebrity, having garnered more than 200,000 hits for a gospel song she sings, Jefferson Center artistic director Dylan Locke said. And at age 12, she can deliver with power and surprising control of tough phrasing.
Misses Reinard and Fulton, too, were armed with sweet voices and harmonic skills.
Up at the main stage, a grown-up music master was summoning beautiful sounds. Cheick Hamala Diabate – a Maryland-based Malian, is a fantastic kora player with a brilliant band of players and singers. What grooves. What modal goodness.
It’s looking like a long rest of the weekend, after so much gushing over how gorgeous were Thursday and Friday. But there is still plenty of music to come, and judging from these early performances, it will happen on time – more or less – at every stage.