Monday, June 14, 2004

Water Music 

The folk festival season is finally swollen upon us, ripe like a watermelon. Yesterday we put up the popup camper on the next door neighbor's lawn and had a little barbecue, just the three of us, in anticipation of Clearwater this coming weekend; we'll be gone from Friday morn to Monday next, I suspect, but with me working the graveyard shift and the performer roster looking fatter each day, there'll surely be much to blog about upon our return. A few weeks later, the eclectic River-sponsored Green River and the newly discovered funk and blues extravaganza Rynfest, all on one weekend and both with Dad and maybe Mom up from Boston; the week following, we'll be gone for 8 days straight, living off the mulefield at folkfave Falcon Ridge.

If all goes well, performers we'll be seeing this summer will include the following. Performers I'll be seeing for the first time (i.e. new additions to the master concert list) are starred.

Ani Difranco
Cambell Brothers*
Catie Curtis*
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown*
Dan Zanes*
Dar Williams
Deep Banana Blackout*
Derek Trucks Band*
disappear fear
Donna The Buffalo
Drunk Stuntmen*
Eddie From Ohio
Eliza Gilkyson*
Erin McKeown
Gillian Welch*
Greg Brown
Guy Davis
Holly Near*
Hot Tuna*
Jeffrey Foucault*
John Gorka
Kris Delmhurst
Levon Helm and the Barnburners*
Lori McKenna*
Lucy Kaplansky
Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson*
Mark Erelli
Old Crow Medicine Show*
Patty Larkin
Pete Seeger
Planet Zydeco*
Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
Richard Shindell
Richie Havens*
Snake Oil Medicine Show*
Steve Forbert*
Terrence Martin*
Toshi Reagon*
Tracy Grammer
The Nields
We're About 9

God bless good music. Oh, and on a related note, I bought the Nellie McKay album today. W Magazine called it a cross between Doris Day and Eminem; the NYT lauds this "whiz-kid teenage songwriter [who] plays piano and riffles through styles from Tin Pan Alley to hip-hop. Sweet stuff heard first on The River; even sweeter acoustic McKay live in-studio performances are available from her recent NPR appearance. Bonus: check out this animated ecard of McKay's "The Dog Song." Woof!

posted by boyhowdy | 2:34 PM |

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