Folks Fest Day 3
August 19, 2012
Michael & Kerry
Folks Fest Day 3
The final day of Folks Fest was pretty similar to the first two days in that the day dawned bright and sunny with wonderful warm temperatures. We managed once again to have acquired the requisite low number and Kerry’s father Mike and nephew Nathan both raced in once again and scored excellent locations to serve as viewing bases for the festival. In fact, for the final day we had three options as Nathan scored a great tarp location right on the banks of the St. Vrain River in addition to our two usual spots.
Kerry & Matt
The musical selection on the final day was for me the least interesting, it was excellent as usual, but none of the acts were big favorites of mine personally. The day started out with a musical tribute to Woody Guthrie featuring many of the song school teachers performing songs by and inspired by the late great Folk icon. It was a nice nod to the history of Folk Music and a great way to kick the day off.
Jill & Trina
Shannon McNally was up next. I had seen her open for John Mellencamp way back in 2002 when she was fresh off releasing her first major label CD. Now ten years and five CDs later, I was catching her sultry version of singing and songwriting once again. Her set was great and she was as nice as can be when I went back to meet her after her set in the merchandise tent.
I found the next act, The Milk Carton Kids to be really interesting as well. Basically two harmonizing singers and two acoustic guitars were all that were on stage, but the combination was electric and the two guys seemed almost like a full band with their amazing two part harmonies. Harmonies were at the forefront of the next band up as well, the four person band from Leeds, England, The Dunwells used overlapping four part harmonies for many of their songs.
The closest thing to a rock band at this years’ Folks Fest, The Dunwells performed an awesome set that made it easy to see why they are one of the darlings of the Folk Rock set and scored gigs at the likes of Lollapalooza and the ACL Festival as part of their US tour.
We skipped most of Peter Himmelman’s main stage set to catch one of our favorite Folks Fest regulars, the funny and talented Ellis who was performing in the more intimate Wildflower Pavilion this year. A regular teacher at song school who has performed on the main stage in past years, Ellis has a unique and infectious laugh and a keen insight into writing funny and poignant songs. She performed a wonderfully well-received set to an appreciative throng who packed the Wildflower Pavilion to catch her set.
The final sets of the Fest belonged to the unique talent of Neko Case and the fascinating and iconic Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Case got the evening off to a great start with a stirring performance highlighted by songs off her brilliant CD “Middle Cyclone” that came out a few years ago. The set highlighted her incredible and unique voice and got the crowd revved up for the final performance of the weekend by Lyle Lovett and his band.
Lovett was sensational and was a perfect conclusion to an awesome festival. It was sad to say goodbye, but Kathy and I made the short drive to Boulder after his set, having packed up the campground during breaks throughout the day. We had an entire day to spend in Boulder and Kathy & I decided to spend it shopping along Pearl Street and then heading over to the Celestial Seasons Tea factory to take the free tour of the facility where every package of their wonderful tea is created and packaged.
The tour was fantastic and we got to see the inner workings of the factory from the factory floor and watch every aspect of tea production and packaging as well as sample any of the various teas that they make. It was a great experience, way better than I might have guessed.
Melissa, Michael and Jerome
We met my nephew Jerome as well as our friend Melissa, who just happened to be in Boulder for a work commitment for a great dinner and final night out for us in Colorado. It was a spectacular trip and we had a really, really great time.
Kathy, Melissa and Jerome