Sunday, July 08, 2007
Freedom Fest 2007
This is Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota, on the shore of Lake Superior, on the hottest day of the year. The wind was not coming off the lake; if it had, we would have seen more sweatshirts and been a lot more comfortable.
The Hermit and I had a rare day to ourselves, having dropped the kids off to spend the night with my stepson and his fiance. We had heard some of our favorite local bands were going to be playing at this brand new, absolutely FREE (except for the beer) festival. What could be better?
Maybe the 90 degree weather, although I sat out in the sun from 2 until evening and there was enough breeze that it didn't bother me. I even took the precaution of putting on some #15 sunscreen. No burns on me.
The music was so good, it was worth it.
These are The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. They live in a small town not too far from where I live, and they even have a great song about it. We have almost played their first CD to death. Anxiously awaiting their second. Good acoustic folk rock stuff.
Next up was a band called The Gallows. I ended up buying their CD. I liked the washboard player; he seemed to be having fun. They were rootsy, acoustic bluegrassy sort of music.
The festival drew listeners of all ages and species. I saw my first dog with dreadlocks. And there were so many little folks, babies just taking their first steps, half the fun was just watching them. Just watching them. I'm not getting any ideas, mind you...I'm getting too old for babies! :) I just like watching other peoples' babies.
We sat down at a picnic table in front of the stage just before 2:00, and left at about 9:30, while Trampled by Turtles was playing. I love their stuff, I waited all day to see them, but it was getting a bit crowded by then. I heard enough of them to see why everyone just loves them. Fun stuff to dance too.
We stayed out way past our bedtime, and now here I am blogging after midnight, but it was just so fun to hear a terrific music lineup and not have to tend kids at the same time!