Hoxeyville Music Festival
August 20 – 22, 2010
GloNo correspondents Jeff Sabatini and Mike Vasquez spent three days in Northern Michigan at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in late August. It was full of pleasant musical surprises. And a torrential rain storm Friday night. But our new REI Basecamp 4 tent kept us dry, and it was a great three days of music. Here are some highlights. Look for a full review of the festival from Jeff soon.
1. Paul Hoffman vs. Seth Bernard – “Cortez the Killer” (Hoxeyville stage, Saturday morning, Aug 21, 2010)
The set by these two guys was one of the highlights of the festival for me. First, they start off with a cover of “Cortez,” just the two of them. Great mandolin solo by Paul Hoffman, who plays with Greensky Bluegrass. Seth Bernard was new to me – another Michigander – and I was mightily impressed by his playing, his songcraft, and his stage presence.
Follow the jump for more live mp3s from Hoxeyville 2010. Check out the GloNo Hoxeyville 2010 photo vault, too.
2. Cornmeal – “River Gap” (Hoxeyville stage, Friday afternoon, Aug 20, 2010)
Cornmeal does prog-grass: prog rock meets bluegrass. This song is the most extreme of the prog-grass in their set, clocking in around 17 minutes. Seriously. The whole Zappa jazz rock jam in the middle was outstanding, particularly the sounds the violinist was getting out of her instrument: some Jean-Luc Ponty sheet from like 9 min in until they roll back into the bluegrass portion of the song at the end. Zappa-esque, no question. Just a jam. Hot, hot, hot.
3. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine – “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” (Hoxeyville stage, Friday afternoon, Aug 20, 2010)
When Kimock broke this out, I knew it was going to be a great night. And it was. Despite the torrential rain and my brief stay in a port-a-potty to avoid the start, and the worst, of the dowpour. But that was after Kimock. He had Melvin Seals playing with him, who does some amazing organ work in this song, plus a young hotshot on drums, and a rock steady bass player holding it all together.
4. The Ragbirds – “Good” (Cadillac stage, Saturday afternoon, Aug 21, 2010)
Remember enjoying them, but I was rushing between stages at the time and only got to hear some of their set. I did like this song, “Good,” quite a bit. Michigan band.
5. Greensky Bluegrass w/ Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart – “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” (Hoxeyville stage, Saturday evening, Aug 21, 2010)
The Rhythm Devils stepped out for this one, and the crowd got super animated. All the other artists that were playing were in the photo pit with us, and everyone was grinning from ear to ear to see these two playing together.
6. Keller Williams – “Birdsong” (Hoxeyville stage, Saturday evening, Aug 21, 2010)
Keller provides a nice rendition of “Birdsong” here, ably accompanied, as usual, by himself. I got pretty excited when he broke this one out. I’m pretty sure I’m one of those “whoops!” in the audio when he breaks into the signature riff. Good times.
7. Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blues”. (Hoxeyville stage, Sunday evening, Aug 22, 2010)
Earle played with a fiddle player for about half his set. He did a good job of engaging with the crowd. This is the title track on his new album, being released on September 14.
8. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Gimme Some of That Funky Stuff” (Hoxeyville stage, Sunday evening, Aug 22, 2010)
“The answer to your question is I never get enough.” KDTU rocked the house, bringing something unlike any of the other bands to the stage: West Coast funk/jazz/rock. Very tight band, and Denson is a great band leader, bringing together a set of musical styles the world needs to see and hear blended together.
(Thanks to these bands for their liberal taping policies, the tapers for taping and sharing the recordings, and Live Music Archive for storing it all. All praise to the Internets and their tubes.)
All MP3s courtesy of the Live Music Archive. Donate.
4 thoughts on “Woke up here at Hoxeyville: A sampler”
you boys have to pack up and head west for rocky grass or folks festival out in lyons colorado. music is damn nice, oskar blues is nearby for other music and craft brews, and it’s just nice to camp out among the mountains.
gonna love digging through the archives this weekend for some new live music!
Yes the Hofman vs. Bernard set was the highlight of Hoxeyville. An awesome way to start out Sat. morning. Kimock was great as well and watching Davy Knowles with the Rythm Devils was a real treat, we’re ging to be hearing allot more from this young talent.
Vitas – it would have been great to see Richard Thompson at Folks. The line up that appealed to me most, though, was from this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. What’s Telluride all about? Looks fun. Have you been?
Mike V. – I usually make it out to Colorado once a year (currently reside in Illinois) and usually do it around Folks Fest or Rocky Grass. Since I have family in Boulder, it’s a short jag to get to Lyons nearby for the events. Telluride is another story. Too far for me to travel to during my visits. Though, I can say that my brother-in-law heads out there every year for the entire event.
From what I gather, Telluride is a bigger version of Rocky Grass – bigger crowd, bigger mountains, an extra day of music, and a whole lot of fun.
Lately, when I’m out there I’ve got the family in tow (this year was with a 20 month old and a hyper pregnant wife). So, as the kids get a little older and can handle 4 days/3 nights in tents, we’re going to be all over Telluride. Right now, it’s just day trips to catch a handful of acts while I’m out near Lyons.
Really, everything Planet Bluegrass (the group that organizes all the shows) has their hands on are fantastic.