LOCKN’ finally happened, and truth be told, I’m having a hard time even knowing where to start as I write this review. I had heard so many good things going in that my expectations were sky high, and I have to say I was not disappointed. It was an insane weekend from the minute I left my doorstep to the minute I returned home, sweaty and in desperate need of air conditioning.
Shoe Fest 2016….man, I don’t even know where to start. It’s taken me forever to figure out how to get my review going, because every time I even begin to plan it out I’m overloaded with smiles and memories of an amazing weekend. The musicians were on fire, the weather was perfection, and the crowd was the friendliest I’d seen yet.
Well, I’ve returned safe and sound from LOCKN’ Festival, and reintegrated myself reasonably well back into my daily life. I’m trying not to get too complacent in my routine though, because in just two short days the venerable, the magnificent, the last dance of the summer, Shoe Fest, will be upon us, and Shoe Fest is anything but routine.
Here we are, smack in the middle of the summer music season. We've seen festivals big and small, local bands touring all over the country, and new artists from hip-hop to folk, funk to bluegrass, jam band to electro and everything in between.
This summer has been a whirlwind of insane music performances, from Phish and Dead and Co. on their respective tours to festivals both titanic and microscopic. Many of these bigger tour dates feature pre and post-show events as well, and both local and touring artists are putting together innovative tributes to these legendary musical figures.
One of the best things about the current music scene is the way different styles come together to give the listener a new experience. Festivals are the best example of this, where funk, jam band, bluegrass, electronic, jazz, reggae, soul, and more co-exist.
Festival season is in full swing! All over the country people are traveling hundreds of miles, enduring adverse weather, and sleeping on the hard ground, all to see the music they love. It’s a great community that provides an escape from the drudgery of daily existence and memories for a lifetime.
Summer music season is at our doorstep. We're dusting off our dancing shoes, planning out travel routes, budgeting for all the unexpected expenses that will inevitably occur (I have terrible impulse control), and most of all, excitedly discussing the upcoming shows from our favorite artists.