Friday, October 8, 2010

IBMA 2010 - Fan Fest - Saturday

With my computer in the shop, I have had to decide whether to try to cover the IBMA World of Bluegrass in chronological order or use the pictures I have available on Irene's computer to get a post up.  I've chosen the latter, so here comes Fan Fest from Saturday.  I have lots more from earlier in the week as well as some overall commentary about the entire event that I'll be posting during the next couple of weeks, even as they become less timely.

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.

Kids on Bluegrass: A Tribute to Houston Caldwell

Houston Caldwell was a participant in Kids on Bluegrass at IBMA for several years. Last May, he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident just after his return from the Merlefest Banjo Contest.  His parents, in their grief, are seeking to establish a festival in his memory to benefit the Houston Caldwell Foundation, The Galax Fire Department, and to provide music scholarships and programs.

The Caldwell Family

Kids on Bluegrass
Emcee Gene Skinner

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

Carl Jackson with the Moore Brothers

The Church Sisters - Savannah

 Sarah Church

 Carl Jackson with The Church Sisters Band
Country Singer Ken Mellons

The Quebe Sisters

Hulda Quebe
Grace Quebe

 Co-Producer Mark Newton with The Quebe Sisters

Fan Fest Greenroom Host Bertie Sullivan 
With Some of Her Staff

Kimberly Williams - The Expedition Show

Blake Williams - The Expedition Show
Christopher Olsson  - G2 from Sweden

Tobias Stromberg - G2

G2 at Their Merch Table

 Chris Jones - Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Jon Weisberger - Chris Jones and the Night Drivers

Ned Luberecki - Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Claire Lynch - Female Vocalist of the Year

The Claire Lynch Band with Carl Jackson

Josh Williams - Guitar Player of the Year
Emerging Artist of the Year 
Nick Keen - Josh Williams Band

Randy Barnes - The Josh Williams Band

Michael & Danny Paisley -  Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Bobby Lundy - Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

In the Exhibition Hall

Dale Ann Bradley

 Janet Deering Presents Deering Goodtime Banjo 
Kyle Ramey

 Audie Blaylock & Redline
Patrick McAvinue, Darrell Webb, Audie Blaylock

J.D. Crowe & Jesse McReynolds Rehearsing Backstage
Russell Moore Watching Rehearsal

Jesse McReynolds

Bobby Osborne - Backstage

Marty Raybon & Daniel Grindstaff
Marty Raybon & Full Circle

Marty Raybon Signs for Fans

Grand Master Fiddle Champion

J.D Crowe
Legends of Bluegrass
Shadd Cobb, Phil Leadbetter, David Peterson
Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe

 Jesse McReynolds & Bobby Osborne

 Jesse McReynolds, J.D. Crowe, & Bobby Osborne
Dan Hays, Executive Director of IBMA and JaeLee Roberts
Prize Drawing

 JaeLee Roberts, Martin Rep., Martin Guitar Winner and 
Dan Hays
Russell Moore - Male Vocalist of the Year
IIIrd Tyme Out

 Steve Dilling & Russell Moore
IIIrd Tyme Out

 Tony Rice & JaeLee Roberts

 Bradley Walker & Tony Rice 
in a Quiet Moment

IIIrd Tyme Out with Carl Jackson

 J.D. Crowe

 Ricky Skags with The Whites
Sheryl, Buck, & Sharon

Sierra Hull & Carl Jackson
Tony Rice & J.D. Crowe
Buck White
Sheryl White

 Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs

 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Bradley Walker, Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice

 Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe

 Bobby Hicks

 Tony Rice
Bobby Hicks, Bryn Davies, Ricky Skaggs, 
J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice
Bryn Davies

 Ricky Skaggs
Bobby Hicks
Bryn Davies

Tony Rice

 Aubrey Haynie

Bradley Walker
Josh Williams

 Tony Rice
Saturday Night After Hours Showcases
 Mast Farm Inn - Emerging Artist Series

Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa


Maria & Sarah Fitzmaurice

Josh Williams & Sarah Fitzmaurice

The Wilson Family Band

Katie Wilson

Clint Wilson

Katie Wilson

Nu Blue

Daniel Routh

Caroline Routh

Saturday at Fan Fest began for us a little after 9:00 A.M and continued until well after 2:00 A.M., a pretty typical day at IBMA.  There's so much stimulation that you only noticed you're tired from time to time.  More to come.

Ted Lehmann & Carl Jackson