Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GrassRoots 2016

And then the weekend I think about all year, GrassRoots.
One of the headliners this year was Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  Their musicianship is remarkable, people say it's too bad it's wasted on bluegrass.  I was struck by how much the guitarist looked like Will Vendryes.
Gail got a nice picture of Johnny Dowd, one of the musicians at the State Theater show 27 years ago that got the whole ball rolling.  As always, Bubba George kicked things off on the Infield Stage, but something new happened this year:  the Indigo Girls crew showed up with so much gear we all got kicked off the stage (except Bubba George).  Who kicks little dancing kids off a stage?  Fortunately I got to hang out on the guest platform of the stage, that I spent four days putting together, for Orlando Julius and the Afrosoundz set.  It's great to see things as the performers see them, and to be close to them without getting jostled by all the commoners.

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