I was going to write up a review of Calgary Folk Fest - but let's face it - its not going to happen. I will say, however, that I LOVE Calgary Folk Fest and here is why:
- everyone there loves music - all different kinds are represented, its for all ages and some people like to dance and some don't; but we're all there cuz we like music. I think Calgary does a particularly excellent job of representing different types of music and reaching all people
- the relaxed atmosphere - i LOVE that you can leave your tarp and your bag of extra clothes etc on the ground all day and have no concern that it might go missing
- how it makes Calgary feel like a small town. Sometimes I fool myself into thinking I know only a few people in Calgary. THings like Folk Fest correct me. I ran into so many people I know - which I love!!
- everyone is just so friendly - I met lots of people and had little convos with others - most everyone is walking around with a smile on their face. THis fest really brings out the hippies in Calgary
- the jams/workshops - on the weekends during the day they have all these different workshops that consist of 3-5 different artists that may or may not have met prior, and they get together and play together. Some are better than others at jamming but when you find a good one - its so amazing and awesome to think that this is an experience that you won't find again.
There were a few bands that I especially loved
- Coolooloosh (from Israel)
- The Avett Brothers (especially the song "I and Love and You"
- Dan Mangan (nominated for the Polaris prize)
- Swell Season (duh. even though he reamed us out)
- Michael Franti and the Spearhead (someone got engaged on stage!)
- Man Man (so crazy..)
- The Cat Empire
- Library Voices (always a favorite)
- St. Vincent
Sorry this is a terrible picture - but it was after a monumental jam session that we danced our hearts out to!!
Yup, it was pretty amazing.