Upon arriving for the first set of the festival late Friday afternoon, I saw none other than Beatle Bob showing Columbia, MO just how to get down to Mavis Staples’ soulful and funky tunes. Later that night Ana Popovic proved you can sing the blues in sequins and heels and with the help of some rock’ n roll and funk you can get the crowd groovin’ too.
After a two-hour set Saturday morning with William Elliott Whitmore, I ventured to see David Wax Museum on recommendation from a friend, whom I owe a huge Thank You! It was the highlight set of the festival. After two songs without fiddle audio, the band was asked to take a ten-minute break for the system to reboot. Rather than just sit it out, they ventured into the crowd and played several songs surrounded by their fans who hoisted fiddlist, Suz Slezak, in a chair above the masses for everyone to hear.
It rained just enough Saturday to cool things off and make you appreciate the sunshine, I spent the rest of the afternoon in and out of sets played by blues veterans and up-and-coming artists inspired by those who paved the road before them.
All photos by Kelsey McClure. See more at my Flickr stream.