Fan Fest is a large, two and a half day indoor festival held on the heels of the IBMA World of Bluegrass trade show and after the Awards Show. Bands perform half hour to forty minute sets gratis to benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund, which assists needy musicians, and IBMA for promotion of bluegrass music throughout the world. Customarily, I like to picture bands and their sidemen, largely because I believe sidemen receive much too little attention as crucial members of their bands. Fan Fest is so large and so diverse that this practice is just not possible. The pictures here, rather, represent an impressionistic view of the events of Fan Fest on Saturday. The culmination of the day's music was a reunion of J.D. Crowe and the New South with many of the people who played in this ground breaking band of the seventies and eighties. In addition, J.D. and Friends included bluegrass pioneers Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, and Bobby Hicks. It's rare to see so many bluegrass legends together on a stage anywhere. Credit for creating this large and complex event goes to co-producers Carl Jackson and Mark Newton, who last week pulled off a huge musical coup in re-creating such music aggregations, filling in when necessary with contemporary musicians of stature equal to the originals. I'll pretty much let the pictures speak for themselves, so on with the show.
The Caldwell Family
I've posted a Picasa Web Album with 99 pictures I took of Kids on Bluegrass. Below is a link to the album. Feel free to download pictures from this album for your personal use.
Co-Producers Mark Newton & Carl Jackson Look On
Kimberly Williams - The Expedition Show
Grand Master Fiddle Champion
Mast Farm Inn - Emerging Artist Series
Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa