Dr. Dog and Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/24/13
Melissa Fossum Dr. Dog. See the complete slideshow of Day 3 of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
Dr. Dog, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and More @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/24/13
The last day of a music festival is always an exercise in mixed feelings. The majority of the crowd is exhausted, sunburned, and dehydrated, but through it all, watching the headlining band is fun and bittersweet. As much as fans want to go home and soak up copious amounts of aloe vera, there are some lingering desires for the festival to continue for another day or two.
Yesterday was the final day of McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Fans got to celebrate one last time by rocking out to bands like Umphrey's McGee and Dr. Dog and flaunting their percussion skills in the epic drum circle.
Melissa Fossum Dr. Dog
Pennsylvania psychedelic rockers Dr. Dog was the stand out act of Sunday's line up. The band's sound was predominantly indie while flirting with Americana and blues, tying it all together with beautiful vocal harmonies and melodic synthesizer tones. Most fans appeared unfamiliar with the band's material but continuously danced and tried to sing along.
Songs like "The Breeze" and "Heart It Races" built on the band's blues and '60s pop influences for a fun and energetic performance. Dr. Dog attracted one of the most enthusiastic audiences of the day, but the band's encouragement of fans to play with beach balls may have had something to do with that.
Taking the Last Exit Live stage just before Dr. Dog was the local stand out of the day: Jared and the Mill. This local folk outfit provided an energetic take on modern Mumford and Sons-inspired bluegrass by encouraging crowd involvement. Armed with an accordion, an upright bass, a banjo, and a couple guitars, Jared and the Mill captivated the crowd's attention with every ballad and upbeat love song. Some tie dye wearing gals sporting hula hoops danced to the band's sweet and innocent love songs.
Melissa Fossum Jared and the Mill