Concert Review Music Photography

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2018: A Photographer’s Perspective

Jamming Around the Farm

During the dinner break on Friday I wandered around the camping grounds above the main stage. A mini city exists full of weekend necessities; food, beer, and instruments. I wandered into a friendly jam session featuring dozens of pickers and singers that likely had day jobs to get to on Monday.


Kid Buskers

Kid Buskers were scattered throughout the festival making sure that no place or time at Grey Fox is not filled with bluegrass. They are just as important to the character of the festival as the paid professionals.

To a city boy like myself, the drive from Grey Fox to my hotel at night is a bit spooky. The greater Boston area doesn’t get as dark as the street of Durham, NY do after the festival lights, lanterns, and glow sticks have faded behind me. My fear is not of monsters or ghosts of the bluegrass legends. It’s a realistic fear of resident deer getting in my car’s way and delaying my sleep. There were plenty to be seen standing on the side of the road and starring directly into my headlights.

The kid buskers of Grey Fox are not used to the clicks of a professional photographer. They haven’t yet learned to ignore it as a necessary annoyance of stage performing. They have as much in common as the deer of the greater Grey Fox area as they do the professional performers.


Jammin’ to Pass the Time

Not all jammin’ is a coordinated social effort. Some people just like to pick the day away.

Click Here for The Fans of Grey Fox

The Grey Fox (2018) Boxed Set (this is a multiple-page post)
Introduction
The High Meadow Day Stage (Main)
The High Meadow Night Stage (Main)
The Dance Stage
The Creekside Stage and The Sierra Nevada Tent
Jamming Around the Farm
The Fans of Grey Fox
A Pirate and a Parade
Main Stage Changes -- Year 2
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One comment

  1. I’ve enjoyed your post and your photo’s. Although your knowledge of the festival itself is a bit short because you miss a very large part by not staying on site. I understand your point of view as far as it goes. I do disagree with your opinion about the day stage and recognize that it is poorly informed and over simplified. You are obviously unaware that several big name performers have refused to play the outdoor stage in the afternoon hours because they are looking directly into the sun and it is blistering hot on that stage for them. Notably, in 2016 a large part of the schedule had to be re-arranged on the fly because of one performers refusal to play. I do understand your perspective given the information you have, but please know that there are other elements in play here.

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