I just returned from my first bluegrass festival this past weekend (the Sand River Blugrass Festival in the Ottawa Valley up here in Canada). I had a great time, enjoying all the various performers from the less experienced amatuer acts to the more experienced professional bands. The weather was a bit challenging as it was quite cold rainy Friday night. But the venue was a natural amphitheatre setting below mature pine trees and the sound pickup was exceptionally good. Having never attended one of these events before, I was intrigued to see all the RV's (at least 150-200 of them) lined up in rows in a pasture beyond the tree line of the performing area. My wife and I tented (her idea) and had to snuggle up under blankets and comforters throughout Friday night as the temperature went down to about 7 celsius (45 Fahrenheit) with a cold rain. Yikes!! But as our tent was perhaps 150 yards from the stage, we could here all the late performing acts perfectly well. The live music began again by 11 am on Saturday and continued non-stop until after 11 pm. I attended my first banjo workshop and was pleased to find that I'm definitely on the right track as to my performance and practice level. That was encouraging. The only unfortunate experience was that my back didn't fair as well as the music, with all the cold damp weather of Friday night. I was pretty sore Saturday and Sunday. I am well on the mend now (after a number of hot showers and hot paks). I must say that bluegrass music is alive and well up here in Canada and growing steadily in popularity. And I am once again thoroughly comitted to practicing the banjer more than ever.
on “First Bluegrass Festival”
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 @2:05:20 AM
Wow! I remember my first bluegrass festival. You'll be hooked before too long - looking for festivals and picking weekends you can attend :-)
Sounds like you had a great time. Hope your back feels better soon.
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