Author Archive: Diane Farineau

Diane Farineau, her husband, photographer, Milo and their friend, photographer, Chester Simpson, hatched a brilliant plan last year to write a book about music festivals. Somewhere along the way The Festival Project, as it has now become, turned into a website and a blog and an amazing journey into the world of today's bluegrass and Americana artists and festival scene. When not listening to or writing about music, Diane has a day job as a hospital administrator, is a mom of two musical teenagers, and writes about life's never ending stream of ironies.

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YMSB and the McCourys in Charlottesville

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Mother Nature was bearing down on Central Virginia Tuesday night, we found the perfect way to keep warm at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA. Warming up the stage to a sold out crowd was the sizzling combination of the Travelin’ McCourys with Jeff Autry […]


Sam Bush at 60

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sam Bush headlined the main stage at FloydFest on Sunday, and did a workshop on the Virginia Folklife Porch immediately afterwards. I wanted to follow up on some buzz he has posted on his website wherein he exercises his new “rights” as a senior citizen […]


Sunday at FloydFest 11

| July 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sunday at FloydFest 11 (“Lovers Rock”) boasted main stage performances by powerhouses Sam Bush, Bruce Hornsby, and Allison Krauss & Union Station. The side stages were awash with fans, too, with performances by The Rogues, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, Darrell Scott, Morwenna Lasko […]


Saturday at FloydFest 2012

| July 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Goooood Sunday Morning to you from Floyd, Virginia! Before we talk about today, let’s backtrack and tell you what happened yesterday! There’s bluegrass and then there’s everything that happens when you take bluegrass and you start fooling around with its chemistry. Saturday featured a host […]


Steep Canyon Rangers at FloydFest

| July 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Steep canyon Rangers at FloydFest 11 - photo © 2012 G. Milo Farineau

FloydFesters were treated to a fantastic set of bluegrass with a side helping of Gospel from the Steep Canyon Rangers this morning. I spoke with guitarist Woody Platt after the performance. Just coming off a couple weeks touring out West, he told me… “We’ve been out […]


Friday at FloydFest

| July 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

FloydFest 11 is off and running!  This is an incredible venue, if you’ve never been, so sheltered on the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Post 170.5) and seemingly remote, but packed full of revelers, vendors and enough musical acts to keep six music stages full […]


The Festy – Volume 2

| October 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

While we had hoped to post live from the Infamous Stringdusters’ Festy in Nelson County, VA this past weekend, the lack of both power and signal made that a little more challenging than we had anticipated. It was, however, a phenomenal festival experience. The Stringdusters […]


Pandolfi talks The Festy,

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Part Two of Milo Farineau’s interview with Chris Pandolfi about The Infamous Stringdusters’ upcoming festival The Festy, to take place in Nelson County, Virginia, October 6-9 Milo: So, what’s new with the Stringdusters? Chris: You can expect the release of our first live album which […]


Chris Pandolfi prepares for IBMA Keynote

| September 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

Milo Farineau caught up with Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, at Music On the Mountaintop on August 27th in Boone, NC. They spoke about Chris’ upcoming role at this year’s IBMA World Of Bluegrass. Milo: You’ve been invited to deliver one of the World […]


Sunday FloydFest wrap up

| August 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sunday afternoon at FloydFest was a bluegrass lovers dream come true. The morning began with Peter Rowan playing on The Porch with members of Tony Rice’s Unit Band.  Peter, looking very dapper in his seersucker suit, moved straight to the main stage to play with […]