Delfest 2011

The 4th annual Delfest went off in typical fashion weather wise. It has rained at the last 3, with 2 of them being heavy.  This was one of the heavy rains.  Thursday’s shows were moved to the indoor stage that is used for the late night shows due to weather. Del McCoury  Band kick things off with a 1 1/2 hour sound check. The got the crowd for some foot moving good time. Donna the Buffalo to keep things  moving and take your mind off the rain. Whenever I see this band I wonder why I don’t dee them more often. Then came The Infamous Stringdusters to finish off the night.

Fridays off and on rain keep things interesting. Some of the shows I saw between rain storms were Nathan Moore promoting the “Hippy Fiasco”. The Infamous Stringdusters set brought enough rain that things were shutdown until the storm passed. A couple of folks started the mudslide races in front of the stage to keep themselves and others entertained. When the rain let up the Stringdusters brought the show down to us and played acoustic set with everyone gathering around them. The Emmit Nershi Bands set was brought to the indoor stage just as the nights before shows were. They brought a large crowd with them as they played some fantastic music and it was dry as well.

For the bands that played the main stage Friday – Sunday there was a big mud pit that was more than ankle deep in mud and it did not stop people from getting up front. No rain Saturday or Sunday and 90 degree temperatures helps dry things up a little, but the main stage stayed a mud pit. Some of the bands that joined Del McCoury this year were Hoots & Hellmouth, The Sweetback Sisters, Jesse Reynolds, Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, Warren Haynes, Yonder Mountain String Band, Scythian, Sierra Hull & Highway 111 and the Punch Brothers to mention a few.

The indoor late night shows would go too 4:15 am Friday  - Sunday. There were play shops for songwriting, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. Delfest is just not for the adults as there is a kid zone setup.  They have music workshops, tie dye making and bug workshops making this a very family friendly weekend.

Bill Nershi

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