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Saturday, 28 September 2013 14:23

Festival photos: St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival Night 1 with the Hillbenders, Blue Canyon Boys and more Friday, September 27

The Hillbenders The Hillbenders Virginia Harold
Written by Virginia Harold

The Saint Louis Folk and Roots Festival kicked off at Urban Chestnut with the Loot Rock Gang, serenading listeners under the stars on a perfectly warm night.

Craft beer, wooden benches and stringed lights added a fitting and comfortable touch.  Loot Rock Gang ended the evening with "Let Your Love (Watch Over Me)" and "(That's Why) I've Got to Sing."

The festival continued at The Sheldon Ballroom starting with Rebecca Loebe, who immediately charmed the audience with her humor and her stunning, flexible and pitch-perfect vocals.   She featured a few songs from her new album, "Circus Art," including "The Chicago Kid" and "Swallowing the Sea," and ended with an impressive Kanye West cover.

Next up were the Blue Canyon Boys,  who started their set off with high energy banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar and even some yodeling later on.  They featured a number of Blue Canyon Boys originals, including "Down in the Misery" and "No Worries In My Pocket." They also covered "Time" by Pink Floyd, dedicating it to Kelly and Ryan, the creators of the festival.

The night was capped off with The Hillbenders, bringing even more foot-stomping and high energy music to the table.  Although most of the crowd remained seated, feet were tapping and heads were bobbing.  The Hillbenders played a full set, including "Town Away," "Hey Little Darlin" and ended with "Friend of Devil."  Towards the end of the set, a younger couple was unable to contain themselves and broke out in a glorious ho-down dance near the back of the ballroom.

All photos by Virginia Harold.

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