Green River Music And Balloon Festival! July 19, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in music.
Tags: Black Joe Lewis, Canon 24-105mm L-Series lens, green river festival, hot air balloons, Miss Tess, NRBQ, Rosie Ledet, Terry Adams, Toots and the Maytals
Last weekend saw the 25th Annual Green River Music and Balloon Festival, with spectacular weather and superb weather. The crowd was huge, filling an upper field by the main stage with tents and umbrellas:
…and a lower field with two more stages and a whole lot of Frisbees:
I timed my arrival to see the amazing NRBQ, a band from my youth, here reincarnated and cookin’:
…with the irrepressible Terry Adams at its helm:
For forty-plus years I’ve been blown away by his open-hand-and-forearm piano playing – he fronts a highly regarded jazz band in NYC, so it’s not for lack of virtuosity that he plays rock that way. He’s just… crazy!
There were also great sets by Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears:
…who tore it up on guitar, backed by a horn section which kicked butt.
Another great act was The Carolina Chocolate Drops, four kids who played an amazing blend of Americana and more modern stuff, including an air-bass-playing beat boxer:
…along with banjo, fiddle, jug, bones, washboard and more, and gorgeous ensemble vocals led by a beautiful young lady:
Highly recommended, if you get the chance. 😉
Also fun was Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, featuring Miss Tess on vocals and guitar:
…and her sidekick, the Sweet and Lowdown:
She smoked! (Figuratively, of course.)
The afternoon was punctuated by a children’s parade with a New Orleans theme:
…and lots of little kids and Mommies:
The three stages offered far more music than any one person could take in, but I tried – Locos Por Juana laid down some smoking Salsa in the dance tent, driven by a great trombonist:
Rosie Ledet and her Zydeco Playboys had the place jumping:
And to top it all off (for Saturday, at least!) Toots and the Maytals brought the house down.
…and the Maytals:
I last saw Toots and the Maytals when I was in college, and I’ve never forgotten his high-energy show. Amazingly, he’s still got that vibe, and a great band of old dust-farters who were probably with him since the early Seventies (except for the ladies, who were a good deal younger.)
The night shots pushed my box to ISO 4000, but I think the results are a lot better than last year. I was ruthless about getting in there and working the angles with Ollie, my 24-105mm L-Series lens. Thanks, Ollie. 😉
I split during Toots’ encore, hoping to beat the traffic, but unfortunately enough others had that idea that it still took me an hour to get on the road!
Sunday was another full day of music culminating in a set by Emmylou Harris, but I could only afford one day. Let’s just assume that it was equally fun.
Next time I’ll have some hot air balloon pics for you, but for tonight, that’s it.