Sunday, August 3, 2014

TybeeDawg’s Pick of the Litter - Fall Festival Edition

TybeeDawg’s Pick of the Litter
Fall Festival Edition

Albert Camus said that “autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” It’s also the second festival season of the year. By now, you've been to the spring festivals, recovered, and you've mostly taken it easy through the summer, but now you’re feeling like it’s time to get out and see how much music you can cram into a short period of time. Here’s a list of just a few of the festivals happening over the next couple of months.

Waverly Fall Boogie
Waverly, AL
September 13, 2014

One of my favorite places to hear live music, this backyard venue has boasted performances from the likes of Drive-By Truckers current and former members Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell (on separate nights), Junior Brown, the Alabama Shakes, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Larry Keel, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Lydia Loveless. This year’s artists include Nikki Lane, Water Liars and Great Peacock. Emitting a down-home, easy going vibe, the Waverly Boogie is the place to kick back and enjoy yourself. Kick your shoes off, sit a spell.

The Waverly Boogie.

Americana Music Festival and Conference
Nashville, TN
September 17-21, 2014

The Americana Music Festival and Conference’s popularity is exploding exponentially. A ticket to the AMA awards show is becoming a tough commodity and the nightly showcases are routinely SRO with lines out the door, especially at more intimate venues like the Station Inn. There are also events at both Grimey’s and East Nashville’s Groove, Music City Roots, Musician’s Corner in Centennial Park and this year there’s a Riverside Park concert with the Avett Brothers.  There’s a reason for all the talk: With 165 artists and nine venues, this is simply the largest, best amalgamation of American music anywhere east of San Francisco.

Dr. John - Americana Music Awards 2013

Gateway to the Delta Festival
Charleston, MS
September 20, 2014

Why not venture over to Tallahatchie County to the 4th edition of this festival, featuring Paul Thorn, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, and Garry Burnside for some “food, music and healthy living,” as their tagline suggests?

Paul Thorn - You Might Be Wrong

Columbus, GA
September 27, 2014

This remarkable festival has literally grown from the ground up. The Deadfields, The  Bibb City Ramblers, Wayne Minor Band, Sean Rox Trio, and Rick Edwards head up this kid-friendly, home-grown rootsy festival, which is completely unique among Columbus events. This year’s proceeds benefit Columbus Hospice. Come on out and celebrate Organic Southern Life with folk art, music, local crafts, drum circle, food and more.


Cask and Drum Festival

Birmingham, AL
October 11, 2014

The 2nd edition of this festival looks intriguing, with headliners Drive-By Truckers sharing top billing with Girl Talk, an electronic music DJ who will be spinning amidst a mostly roots-oriented roster that includes Lucero, Houndmouth, and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.  With a wine and beer tasting and a chicken wing cook-off, this is like a festival I could easily find myself attending.

Made Up English Oceans

Magnolia Fest
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
October 16-19, 2014

This year is possibly this festival’s strongest lineup yet and that’s saying something, given their penchant for bigger and bigger names over the past few years. Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group, Dr. John, The Indigo Girls, Bela Fleck and Jason Isbell headline a deep roster of artists. Heck, I’d show up just for the folks in smaller type, like Willie Sugarcapps, The Wailers, American Aquarium, Tim Reynolds and Honey Island Swamp Band.  This will be the tenth anniversary of the first trip I made to this festival and my campmates haven’t ran me off yet. This could be the year, though.

Magnolia Fest 2012 recap

 Suwannee Hulaween
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
October 31 – November 2, 2014

Also on the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park property, the sophomore offering of Hulaween features three nights of The String Cheese Incident, and lots of late-night mind-expanding music and art. A recent blogger listed the Spirit of the Suwannee as one of the six best outdoor places to see music.  I will have to say I haven’t found many that can compare to the location, vibe or atmosphere at this park and I expect that this weekend will be an amazing experience.

Hulaween 2013 recap

Well, that should satisfy your musical cravings for a couple of months, and if you happen to see Camus up on the rail during a late-night set, don’t treat him like a stranger.

Curtis Lynch
August 2014

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