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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music- Floydfest X

Woot! Today is the first day of Floydfest X, a fantastic hippy dippy four-day festival of great music -- from roots to world music; art, food and people held on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, Virginia. The festival boasts over seven stages that feature Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae,Folk, Cajun/Zydeco, African, World and Appalachian performers. This year, I'm particularly excited to see Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Sam Bush, Yard Dog Road Show, Big Daddy Love and the trapeze acts. Last year I parked myself on the front row for Mofro and Old Crow Medicine Show, and the year before Blues Traveler drew huge crowds. 
J.J. Grey & Mofro
Folks travel from across the country to camp out or come for the day. One of the many features that sets Floydfest apart is that it is a very "green" event, with several organic food vendors and a local produce market and offers recycling and composting options. 

Old Crow Medicine Show- Such great live performers.
Unfortunately, I was too close to include the entire group in my photos.

Kids are certainly not left out. There is a large children's area, called "Kids Universe" that has its own stage dedicated to children's performers, a large playground and sand box, kids' workshops, storytelling, crafts, a parade on Saturday, and child care (so parents can catch a show or visit the beer and wine gardens).

So break out your tie-dye and patchouli (or not), but be sure to bring some sun screen, as day passes are still available for the event. Visit for more information.

P.S.: I also hope to get a glow-in-the dark hula hoop this year and squeeze in a didgeridoo lesson!

Yours Truly at Floydfest IX.

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