Snipes farm hosted just about the most fun you could hope for from a one day festival. It’s hard to believe how much went on in just 24 hours. I rolled in at 1:00, the posted start time, and Toni Brown was already on stage with her band. (See more photos in the gallery below)
They cover Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia songs in a unique folky style that started of the day with good tunes, good playing, and good vibes. After their set I had a chance to meet up with my friends, set up the tent and the easy-up, and begin to really relax and enjoy the perfect day. Mark Diomede “and Friends” played two nice sets.
Two guys on acoustic guitars really rocking out. Between their sets we heard Glimmer Grass Band. Like their name implies, they play the Dead tunes bluegrass style, and they did a great job of it. Wrapping up the afternoon and taking us almost to sunset was Steal Your Face.
They played awesomely, and by the time they got to Shakedown Street, filled with some nice teases and Phish riffs (if you’re a hater, will, that’s your issue!), the crowd was dancing their asses off! In the afternoon at Snipes, a lot of people hang out in their campsites since you can hear the music so well throughout the property. But as the sun went down and people all flowed to the stage area, the crowd got thick and the energy amped up. The night time treated us to two awesome Grateful Dead cover bands; Bear’s Choice and Only Footprints.
Both rocked out, and by the end, the crowd was really dancing as one.
As the sun set, the two side by side bonfires were lit, and they were huge and gorgeous. And it didn’t take long after the music on stage ended for the drum circle to form. And after a couple hours of straight drumming, the guitars and other instruments came out and it turned into a real campfire jam. I was doing some jamming myself back in the campsite, and after 3 hours of playing my fingers were raw. So I took a nice walk around the campground and bonfires, and I have to say that at 4:30am the place was absolutely hopping, with mini parties everywhere. Everyone had a great time, and to my knowledge there was no trouble, no problems, no issues, and just a great time for all. Lots of vendors selling their wares seemed to be doing fairly well also.
So I crawled into the tent at 5:30 and set my alarm for 10:00. But by 8:30 it was getting warm, and the Sunday morning party had already begun. So I got up, packed up, and rolled out to join my father, my kids, and other family members for Father’s Day brunch. By the time brunch was over, it had been a mere 24 hours since I had left for Snipes the previous day, but it was definitely a whole weekend’s worth of fun! Photos below include many friends, old and new, as well as musicians (on and off the stage) and others. Enjoy!