There are lots of different ways to enjoy live music at a festival.
Some people focus on just one or two bands, and spend the rest of the time exploring and socializing. Some mark up their programs for multiple day and night shows, with the possibility of catching a random interesting set or two from someone they don’t know.
There is also the buffet style, available at festivals with multiple acts on multiple stages. FloydFest 17 on Saturday offered a nutritious buffet full of variety.
Festival stalwart Larry Keel Experience brought its typically adventurous set to the natural amphitheater facing the Hill Holler stage. Keel introduced an Allman Brothers Band-inspired number, “Calling The Wild,” which had a “Midnight Rider” vibe, surreal lyrics and out-jazz moments on guitar, with Keel’s bassist and wife, Jenny Keel, holding down solid, toneful grooves.
Their frequent collaborator and frequent FloydFest performer, Keller Williams, was at the main stage, looping up grooves of his own. His standard, “Tweaker by the Speaker,” was a launching pad for improvisational development. He used his electronic looping device to set up a guitar riff undergirded by a funky bass and drum rhythm. Williams used his feet to remove and reinstate song elements.
Argentinian folk-pop trio Femina followed Williams at the main stage, displaying lush three-part harmonies with flamenco-adjacent, finger-picked guitar and hand drumming on a cajon. Guitarist Clara Miglioli translated one song title for the crowd as “Good Trip,” saying that “We wish you a good trip in life, and we wish you a good trip with our music.”
The Children’s Universe stage featured music that kids and their parents could enjoy. Family band The Wildmans brought bluegrass with jazzy twists on a cover of the standard “Summertime,” giving Aila Wildman…