A little description of these pics, posted here courtesy of my right hand at FloydFest, Ty Brady.
I didn’t get to hear much of Bombino, the nomadic modal-blues-rocker. Hoping to catch his entire set on Saturday at Hill Holler. What I heard included cool phrasing and a slamming band. Photo shot at main stage.
Megan Jean and the KFB blew audiences away last year, winning the annual Under the Radar Contest (this year, it’s called the On the Rise contest). The duo, Megan Jean and Byrne Klay, retain their power to turn on a big festival audience, and they write good songs, too. Main stage shot.
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands is one of the new pack of On the Rise entries, and it showed some rootsy flair, deft multi-instrumental work and Bright’s flexible voice. Flower of Life Stage shot.
I sometimes play music with Gabe Morales, but Carlos Aranguren is a sight or more beyond me on the drum skills. Plus, it’s tough to beat Cameron McLauglin’s bass work. The older cats are a great complement to young Morales’ confident phrasing, mean tone and assured stage presence. Young Gabe will be back at the Forever Young Stage — where Brady got this shot — tomorrow with fellow Music Lab at Jefferson Center students Jayna Brown, Christina Reinard, Bella Fulton and the rest of their band. Watch out for these kids!
On a side note, I missed Roanoke’s Community High School Band in performance at the Forever Young Stage on Thursday. I hear they rocked it up with numbers including a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Go, kids, go!
Quite a few other acts to write about, and I’ll get to those soon.
I already wrote about Lake Street Dive, but here is a nice pic of a band that recorded its last album with Joe DeJarnette, in Floyd.
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