Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival 2011

With most of the festival goers still filing in, Yardley PA native Avi Wisnia started off the day at the Meadow Stage with a great performance.

Gogol Bordello

Good Old War

David Wax Museum

Trombone in one hand, and Trumpet in the other. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue took the Appel Farm crowd by storm, a hurricane even, which happens to be the name of their first song they performed . “Hurricane Season” was definitely a great way to introduce himself to me, and everyone watching at the Meadow Stage. This had to be one of the best performances I have ever seen. From the first song, to the last, the energy of Shorty, as the screaming girls called him, and his band never let up. Performing songs from their new cd Backatown these guys totally blew my mind. Even when he slowed it down with “Something Beautiful” you could still see the energy bursting through his voice. I would describe his sound to those who’ve never heard him as a combo of Rock, Funk, Jazz and Hip Hop. Sure it sounds crazy when read, but when heard its unbelievable! The song “Backatown” displayed all of these sounds, and was def my favorite of the set. So even with it completely dark, and the mosquitoes killing us, the crowd and I roared for more at the end of his set. And being the true southern gentleman that he is, Shorty obliged!  And to show back more love to his fans, once he finished on stage he hustled over to the merch table to hangout and sign autographs.

Photos and Review by Barry Lindenmuth jr