Concert Review Music Photography

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2018: A Photographer’s Perspective

The High Meadow Night Stage

The High Meadow Night Stage begins after dinner time. There’s around 2 hours of good light that reminds me of Grey Fox prior to 2017, when this stage was used during the day as well. These few hours are precious, classic Grey Fox.

Fans put down their lawn chairs on Wednesday evening to save their spot, but when they’re empty they can be used by anyone. It’s not hard to find an empty seat in the first few rows for these early evening sets.

Hot Rize

There’s something heart-warming about Hot Rize. It’s like 4 high school friends just reunited 40 years later and happen to be virtuoso bluegrass professionals that fit perfectly together. Most of them have incredible solo careers, and just feel casual and comfortable together.

I took these photos from the comfort of a lawn chair that belonged to someone else, doing something else. The warm sunlight provided the beautiful bokeh which reminded me of the classic 2016 setup of the main stage.

Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize
Bryan Sutton of Hot Rize
Pete Wernick of Hot Rize
Bryan Sutton of Hot Rize

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

I had never heard of Doyle Lawson before, but based on his look and time slot I knew he was a bluegrass legend. A 70-year-old man cannot simply take a few mandolin lessons and buy a nice suit to play the main stage at Grey Fox after the dinner break. A quick wikipedia search proved that he had not forged his bluegrass credentials.

Doyle Lawson
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Del McCoury Band

Del McCoury has become a late night Grey Fox staple. I know it’s getting close to bed time when I hear his cover of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.

Del McCoury

The Sam Bush Band

Sam Bush closed out my photography experience at the 2018 edition of Grey Fox. He has a rock star stage presence that would fit in an arena just as well as on a high meadow.

Click Here for The Dance Stage

The Grey Fox (2018) Boxed Set (this is a multiple-page post)
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

1 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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