We arrive at Tent 2 with plenty of time to spare. Basically we are the first in the queue. Marie Boine is on our A list and she plays first on Sunday morning. There are maybe 10 people milling about waiting for the tape to be cut so we can go in. Tent 2 is set with chairs today and we get front and center. Marie has aged since the cover photos on the albums we have. The song she starts the show with again determines the mood for the rest of concert and it is a wonderous one. The first thing I note is the clarity of her voice. The stage crew has hit the sweet spot and the sound is amazing. Second thing is her piercing eyes. She makes sure to make eye contact with the crowd and you notice as her vision crosses over you. Marie has been at this for a while and it shows. The band and the entire show reeks of professionalism. This is the first show on our A list to exceed our expectations. She is great.
The ‘Gentlemen’s Circle’ is our next concert. 5 men, Jeffery Foucault (US), Joey Landreth (CAN), Luke Winslow-King (US), William Crighton (AUS), and Soren Huss (DK) play songs in the round, each one taking a turn. All very accomplished and the show was pleasant to watch. The last song they jammed a bit and that showed they are at the top of their game.
The last performer we have on our list is Parker Millsap. He played the EFMF a few summers ago and he did a great job so our expectations are high. He plays the Open Air stage. Most of his songs are poppish and he has lost some of his uniqueness. His show is still good but maybe not up to what we had hoped.
It is now time to bid farewell to the festival grounds. It’s been great and we have discovered a couple of bands that up to now have been unknown to us. It is not in the plans to return but one never knows…