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The 2014 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival was my first music festival.
I bought the early bird full festival/camping ticket but, not being a camper, I found a place to stay down the street. As I got to the festival the first night (open only to campers) I was intimidated. It was bigger than I had expected. It had rained the day before so it was a little soggy too.
The weather was PERFECT. I know they can't control the weather, but I really lucked out with the mild temps, sunshine and breeze (and lack of rain).
In no time, I found that the folks were just great. The booths, the concessions, the artists and volunteers all made me want to come back again in 2015.
The first day I tried to plan my entire day out, see every band, attend every banjo event, etc. I quickly learned how exhausting lugging around a 12 lb banjo up and down the hill would be. Once I relaxed and say the bands I really wanted to see, attended the banjo/slow picking events I really wanted to attend.... I was able to settle in, spend my funny money and enjoy it all.
The volunteers and workers and Grey Fox staff were top-notch. They answered my questions and gave advice.
The booths and food was great. I could get a deli sandwich or crepe or Thai. I could hydrate with water or grab a Gatorade or a Diet Coke.
The artists were wonderful too. I had not expected them to be so "down to earth" but I still keep in touch with a few of the pro banjo players. I really liked the bands, and the variety gave me a taste of main-stream bluegrass and some of the fringe.
I attended the banjo workshops and the slow jams (I'm a new picker) and people were so inviting and accepting over all different skill levels.
There are only TWO things I would do to improve (in my mind) Grey Fox. First, I would start the parking in the Car Corral at the bottom of the hill instead of the top. But having everyone drive to the top of the hill, they're needlessly messing up the rest of the field (which makes it hard for sports cards on slippery/muddy grass). It also punished the early birds who have to walk up and down the hill (but no ticks on me!). Maybe there's a reason they do it they way they do, but I think starting the parking at the base of the hill will preserve the grass a little longer.
Second.... I should have won that Grey Fox custom Stelling banjo!!!! OK.... maybe it's just a dream, but I had a really good feeling I was going to win it!
Overall Rating: 10
I just attended this festival with my wife and kids. Had some good top notch acts, but I don't care for the drums and keyboards that some acts were playing. My biggest problem was the gross amount of marijuana smoking. The staff advised that "it's just tradition". I will not return. As another reviewer commented, a bluegrass woodstock. Also the crowd was just plain rude.
Overall Rating: 1
Though 20 years ago this was a great festival I wouldn't recommend it to all but the most die hard newgrass lovers. Yeah you get big names and the workshops were awesome, but you also get drum sets, & keyboards. Plus at prices near $150 a pop and the strong odor of marijuana that rise as the sun goes down, not very family friendly. Mostly it's bluegrasses version of Woodstock. If it has radically changed in the past 3 years (not according to a couple of friends who still go) I apologize.
Overall Rating: 5
The 2008 Festival was the first major festival I had ever attended. First class acts and plenty of them.
The new location was beautiful! It was just too darn hot the weekend of the festival, but the staff was well prepared: pleny of water and plenty of very clean portapotties. I appreciated that alcohol was not allowed, although there seemed to be plenty there!
Excellent vendors and great food. Lots' of camping sites and a huge crowd; not crowded though, plenty of room. I can't wait to go back, but I'm going to be prepared with portable shade however!
Overall Rating: 10
As big as they come, with top performer talent, and the most vendors of any event I've been to. A great picker's event. Very crowded open field camping without hookups. BRING SHADE! The new site in 2008 provides level "urban" camping at it's best. A well run festival that must be experienced.
Overall Rating: 9
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