10 Things We Learned at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014
|David Phipps of STS9|
2. STS9 Can Literally Make a Chilly Night Warmer
I don't know if they had super-hot stage lights, warmers in the crowd, or maybe they are just pure magic. But Sound Tribe's set seemed to literally make the venue feel warmer. Their tunes are like taking a futuristic journey into the sun that had the whole crowd rolling whether they were on drugs or not.
Their set encompassed huge waves of sound that at points were overwhelming, at points was soft and soothing. But was dancy and jammy all throughout. The Tribe is another clear example of the festival making a statement that they are and will always be the Valley's premier jam band event.
Melissa Fossum Ben Harper (right) and Charlie Musselwhite
1. What STS9 Did for Making the Festival Warmer, Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper Did for Making It Cooler.
The silky-smooth duo and their backing band brought the most pure blues to the festival on either stage. You've got to be a cool cat to play the blues and Harper and Musselwhite are two of the coolest. Their set, which had a very solid turn out, was mostly comprised of tracks off their recent grammy award winning album. Although the two legendary musicians did play their own solo stuff a well.
Their set was a lot like the other side of the pillow, which might be a good way to sum up the entire festival. Lat year MMMF heated things up with some mainstream headliners. THen this year they chilled things back down with traditional jam band favorites.
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