I was up in Floyd town so much yesterday, dealing with a story we published on the post-deluge parking situation, that I missed a bunch of stuff I had really hoped to see. Xavier Rudd with Cheick Hamala Diabate, Primate Fiasco, Blitzen Trapper, The Devil Makes Three, Bombino at Hill Holler (I didn’t get to hear enough of his main stage Friday set), etc. etc. Missing the Rudd/Cheick set really stung!
Lots of people have missed lots of things this weekend, though — well beyond what one misses in choosing one show over another that’s happening at the same time. And FloydFest didn’t manage either Thursday or Saturday perfectly, so plenty of people are salty. But when something goes wrong, the festival does try to make it up to customers, I’ve found over the years. They’re making it up again tonight.
The traditional after-party, typically open only to staff, volunteers and VIP customers, is wide open this time out. Primate Fiasco hits at 8 p.m. at the beer garden stage, with North Mississippi Allstars headlining that party. That’s something for folks stuck here to anticipate.
Now for a little Saturday and early Sunday music wrapup.
Brandi Carlile and her band — which includes a great guitarist, Virginia’s own Gibb Droll, who is new to the act — were sounding great while I was wrapping up my work in the media yurt. But I had heard yet not seen too many shows from back here, so I had to get out front to see Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
People buzz about that band a good bit that I had to know. Good stuff — familiar chords with unique twists and quirky melodies often advanced with whistling, as in the band’s most familiar number, “Home.” Three quality lead singers, a deep variety of instruments that extend chord and melodic depth, and lots of crowd interaction made for a pop-magic show.
Word was out that the aforementioned Rudd’s early Sunday show had been moved from the village stage uphill to the main stage. It was a rain-and-mud-related decision that would expose a tremendous act to a larger audience. But what to do in between?
Yonder Mountain String Band was doing its jamgrass thing at Hill Holler. Rising Appalachia was in the vaudeville tent — formerly the dance tent, redesigned and repurposed, with Bruno’s Gastro Truck serving food inside. Bright Light Social Hour showed big stylistic divergence with a killer psychedelic-blues-rock guitarist leading the way.
Then it was Rudd time. Guitarist, digeridoo player, drummer, tone farmer, reggae-influenced Australian Rudd and a drummer (who killed it, and I’m sorry I didn’t get his name, but I’m working on that) forged a deep connection with a raucous crowd.
But hey, it’s Sunday, so I’m off to catch a bit of the North Mississippi Allstars Hill Holler set, and more.