DelFest cranks up

Here’s our initial DelFest report from Diane Farineau. She promises additional updates as she has access to the Internet. Milo will send photos towards the end of each day.

It’s a gorgeous day here in Cumberland. The clouds are lifting, and it looks like the lake in the middle of the grandstand field that was created as a result of torrential downpours (and hail!) last night will soon dry out.

Nothing a little sawdust won’t fix, so we’re off and running. Today’s line up started with the winners of last year’s Bluegrass competition, the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners. Judging by the banners in the parking lot, it looks like they brought half of State College here to cheer them on, and they quickly demonstrated why they received the judge’s nod last year.

Joe Craven is on stage now. If you close your eyes, you wouldn’t know that he isn’t actually accompanied by a back-up band, but it’s just him up there, looping percussion and violin tracks, accompanying and re-accompanying himself on tunes like One Eye Open. That’s the beautiful thing about a gathering like Delfest, you never know what you’re going to get next, but you sure know it’s going to be great!

Say it with me….DEL YEAH!!!

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About the Author

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.