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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:02 am    Post subject: Floyd Fest 2011 Reply with quote

If your on the east coast, this is an event that can not be missed. I've been going for the past 5 years and it gets better each one. Its about an hour outside of my hometown, Roanoke,VA. The only other festival i can compare it to is All Good, and all together its a lot better. All Good is some what overrated; even though it has a better line up, the "no rules" atmosphere is a bit much. I've never been to a concert and actually WANTED more cops around. My friends and I came back from a show to find some coke head going through our tent trying to rob us. Its become way more about the drugs and less about the music. Floyd Fest gives you the same vibe with less of the sketch factor. If any of you are looking for something to do this summer, this is defiantly worth checking out. And if you do, your more than welcome to come hang with a fellow lost sailor! Just check out a the top dogs of the lineup.

Old Crow Medicine Show
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Taj Mahal
Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band
Del McCoury Band
Xavier Rudd
Railroad Earth
The David Grisman Sextet
Sam Bush Band
Hot Tuna Electric and Acoustic
Donna the Buffalo
The Tony Rice Unit

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And heres a video of me at last year. Look for the curly haired guy in the brown tie dye shirt 29 seconds in.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went 2 years ago and had a great time. Damn, that is a great lineup. Seems like Grace Potter and Donna the Buffalo show up every year. Tony Rice would be a big draw for me. It is a really well run festival - beautiful setting along the Blue Ridge Parkway, designated "beer gardens" - one with a stage in the woods and another next to the main stage. The lack of a "free for all" atmosphere keeps the wookies away. Great local music too - we saw the Whitetop Mountain Band which was amazing old-timey bluegrass. Another cool thing is the off-site camping which is a mile away on a hilltop with nice views and a shuttle that comes every 20 minutes. We stayed there away from the main "scene".

Might have to talk to the wife about this.... Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You went on a great year Dude! Did you get to see Peter Rowan play with Railroad Earth for a couple of songs? That was a huge highlight of any Floyd Fest for me. I saw Whitetop Mountain Band too and they were great. Every year i discover a great new local band. Did you see Blue Mule at the beer garden by any chance? My old high school math teacher plays bass in the band. And i can see why people go for the off site camping, but i like the hectic atmosphere of camping by the stage. The no free for all atmosphere is defiantly a big plus. My friends and I go by the golden rule of Floyd Fest: If your in your tent and not being a dumbass about it, anything goes. Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spencer540 wrote:
You went on a great year Dude! Did you get to see Peter Rowan play with Railroad Earth for a couple of songs? That was a huge highlight of any Floyd Fest for me. I saw Whitetop Mountain Band too and they were great. Every year i discover a great new local band. Did you see Blue Mule at the beer garden by any chance? My old high school math teacher plays bass in the band. And i can see why people go for the off site camping, but i like the hectic atmosphere of camping by the stage. The no free for all atmosphere is defiantly a big plus. My friends and I go by the golden rule of Floyd Fest: If your in your tent and not being a dumbass about it, anything goes. Cool

I don't think we are talking about the same year - I went in 2009 - Grace Potter, The Sadies (who I mainly came to see) Blues Traveler, the brothers who are not the Avett Bros (name escapes me...). Grace kicked butt if I recall..A couple of bands that I think are from Charlottesville that were really good in the beer garden. Its a really good time, a bit "hippy-dippy" but very chillin. Great local beers and wines in the beer gardens too!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duderino wrote:
spencer540 wrote:
You went on a great year Dude! Did you get to see Peter Rowan play with Railroad Earth for a couple of songs? That was a huge highlight of any Floyd Fest for me. I saw Whitetop Mountain Band too and they were great. Every year i discover a great new local band. Did you see Blue Mule at the beer garden by any chance? My old high school math teacher plays bass in the band. And i can see why people go for the off site camping, but i like the hectic atmosphere of camping by the stage. The no free for all atmosphere is defiantly a big plus. My friends and I go by the golden rule of Floyd Fest: If your in your tent and not being a dumbass about it, anything goes. Cool

I don't think we are talking about the same year - I went in 2009 - Grace Potter, The Sadies (who I mainly came to see) Blues Traveler, the brothers who are not the Avett Bros (name escapes me...). Grace kicked butt if I recall..A couple of bands that I think are from Charlottesville that were really good in the beer garden. Its a really good time, a bit "hippy-dippy" but very chillin. Great local beers and wines in the beer gardens too!!!


I think that was the same year. Grace Potter played friday night, then Blues Traveler (with Survivor man) on saturday, then Peter Rowan and RRE as the last show on sunday. I was camped right by the main stage and heard all of Grace Potter. My girl was having a bit of a bad trip and didn't want to go around all those people, but the show sounded amazing. Blues Traveler brought the biggest crowd I've ever seen at a Floyd Fest, which i didn't really like that much. Most people left by sunday, so i could see why you missed that show.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spencer540 wrote:
Duderino wrote:
spencer540 wrote:
You went on a great year Dude! Did you get to see Peter Rowan play with Railroad Earth for a couple of songs? That was a huge highlight of any Floyd Fest for me. I saw Whitetop Mountain Band too and they were great. Every year i discover a great new local band. Did you see Blue Mule at the beer garden by any chance? My old high school math teacher plays bass in the band. And i can see why people go for the off site camping, but i like the hectic atmosphere of camping by the stage. The no free for all atmosphere is defiantly a big plus. My friends and I go by the golden rule of Floyd Fest: If your in your tent and not being a dumbass about it, anything goes. Cool

I don't think we are talking about the same year - I went in 2009 - Grace Potter, The Sadies (who I mainly came to see) Blues Traveler, the brothers who are not the Avett Bros (name escapes me...). Grace kicked butt if I recall..A couple of bands that I think are from Charlottesville that were really good in the beer garden. Its a really good time, a bit "hippy-dippy" but very chillin. Great local beers and wines in the beer gardens too!!!


I think that was the same year. Grace Potter played friday night, then Blues Traveler (with Survivor man) on saturday, then Peter Rowan and RRE as the last show on sunday. I was camped right by the main stage and heard all of Grace Potter. My girl was having a bit of a bad trip and didn't want to go around all those people, but the show sounded amazing. Blues Traveler brought the biggest crowd I've ever seen at a Floyd Fest, which i didn't really like that much. Most people left by sunday, so i could see why you missed that show.


Oh I know why we did not see Peter Rowan and RRE - we did not go to the Sunday show. I find Peter Rowan to be pretty freakin boring. I saw him at Delfest a few years ago and zzzzzzzz......he is pretty full of himself too. Also Blues Traveler did not really "do it" for me. We left midway through to leave and as the wife and I were walking to the exit, we heard the Whitetop Mountain Band playing on the "porch" stage. So we stopped and listened and I loved it!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duderino wrote:
Oh I know why we did not see Peter Rowan and RRE - we did not go to the Sunday show. I find Peter Rowan to be pretty freakin boring. I saw him at Delfest a few years ago


Shocked Shocked You must have seen a bad show then. I thought they were great and had a lot of energy. Great mandolin and banjo players in the group too. He played a lot of old and in the way songs which was a big plus for me.

I've heard the local beer and wine is fantastic, but ive still got another year before i hit 21 so i wouldn't know. I still have to sneak in my own crappy stuff to the fest.

But let me know if you end up going man!

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