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Setlist (forgive me if the order of a couple songs in the middle are flip-flopped; my list, and everything else, got completely soaked):

Hide & Seek
Your Lady
Woman
Brighter Day
Country Ghetto
Somebody Else
Georgia Warhorse
Sweetest Thing
Tame a Wild One
EGIB
Slow Hot Sweaty
Ho Cake
99 Shades
Encore: On Fire

Before the Deluge:

Another fine 3 day festival on the banks of the Ohio River.  Although on Friday it rained all afternoon, by the start of the fest, the rain stopped.  Enjoyable opening set by the Lionel Young Band of Colorado, followed by one of the most pleasant surprises of the fest, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.  I've seen a mention or two of them on a thread here, maybe in the "What Are You Listening To"?  I'd never seen them, and guessing very, very few in the crowd had.  A duo from British Columbia, the Harpoonist (harp, lead vocals and foot tambourine) and the Axe Murderer (Fender, foot drums and additional vocals), brought a whole lot of energy to their highly original rootsy/bluesy sound.  Maybe not as grandiose as the Black Keys, but a really, really good set.  I'll definitely keep an eye out and try to catch them again sometime/somewhere. 

Monkey Junk was a crowd favorite on Saturday.  This trio from Ottawa opened for the guys last winter for a string of shows I couldn't get to with all the snow, but I'd seen them at festivals in Canada.  Led by Steve Marriner on harp, guitar and vocals, they brought an intense and sometimes somber edge to their rootsy/bluesy sound.  They featured their upcoming release, All Frequencies (releases next month but they had some to sell at the fest), which I hope is successful enough to get them gigging in the States.  One of my favorite bands.

Sunday started with lots of clouds and a threat of rain, but Southern Hospitality totally brightened the skies.  I believe Damon Fowler has opened for the guys in the past, and this collaboration with Victor Wainwright and JP Soars had the crowd on its feet for the duration of an electrifying 75 minutes.  These guys just have tremendous chemistry, and Victor is just a beast on those keys.  Another favorite band.

Who'll Stop the Rain:

So as Ruthie Foster, the last of 3 days of acts before the guys, was playing, we were starting to think maybe we were gonna be lucky and get through the whole festival without getting rained on, although the humidiidity was just nasty.  Not a good omen when during her set, crew was putting tarps over the Mofro equipment.  Not to worry, the guys came out to still dry skies.  And from the start, the Sunday crowd, dwindled down to maybe 3,500, returned all the energy the band was throwing out.  JJ's voice seems to have fully returned, sounding loud and strong.  Hide & Seek set a blistering pace, with John Gray still filling in on trumpet.  Your Lady had the crowd fully engaged, with no prompting needed to return the "She's Shady" response.  A typical festival set, Country Ghetto turned up the heat a notch, and Somebody Else turned on the heavenly water faucets.

The rain started fairly lightly, and the stage roof provided a little protection, but by Georgia Warhorse, it just poured.  Didn't stop the band, with JJ seeming to really take pleasure in all the sloshy glory going on in front of him.  As the downfall just kept a comin', it truly amazed me that so very very few people left.  Many umbrellas in the back had popped up, and some were wise (or lucky) enough to pack panchos, but a whole big bunch were just whoopin and hollerin and getting drenched to the bone, having a great time all the way to the end of the 90 minute set. 

A few of the guys showed up for a short while at the after fest jam party a couple blocks away, much better publicized and attended than the previous week at Mammoth Lakes.   Farrell, AC, Todd and John got up for one joined by Steve Marriner on guitar, but for the love of Pete, I can't remember what they played.  Sounded good, with Farrell and John sharing vocals.  Then Aaron showed up and herded them all back to the bus for the next ride to the next gig.  A very very fun and wet day.


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and again,
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a wunnerful wunnerful review!!

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Whutt? Whutt??  Me ears are still full of rainwater.

Sunny, sounds like you had quite the night.  Hope it was worth the 224 day wait.

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lol!!

Indeedie it was worth the wait!

we were forecasted for rains as well and we drove through many mini outbursts getting there,
but i KNEW it would not rain on us Friday night,
and at the outdoor show, the rains, they stayed at bay

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 Farrell, AC, Todd and John got up for one joined by Steve Marriner on guitar, but for the love of Pete, I can't remember what they played.


So you know Pete, too?
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Haha!  Threw that out there for you, Bad One.  Nice catch.
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Haha!  Threw that out there for you, Bad One.  Nice catch.


Miss you!!!  I don't suppose you're going to the Peach Music Festival this weekend, are you?  I'm flying up to Detroit tomorrow to get Blossom, and then we will be driving to Scranton, PA for the festival.  Musiclovingmom and redfisherroy will be there as well!  I'm just hoping no one loses a mullet...  (ha ha!  that joke will be lost on Devyn as she never gets on here anymore)

If it works as an enticement, here are some of the acts playing at Peach Fest:  

*Allman Brothers Band

Bob Weir & Rat Dog

*Grace Potter

*Railroad Earth

*Galactic

*Donavon Frankenreiter

Tauk

Matt Schofield

Miz

Driftwood

Floodwood (feat. Al Schnier & Vinnie Amico)

Dopapod

*Royal Southern Brotherhood (Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Cyrille Neville, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooten)

*Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Cabinet

Bill Evan’s Soulgrass

*Gov’t Mule

*Lotus

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band

*Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

*The Black Crowes

*Dirty Dozen Brass Band

*Greensky Bluegrass

*Rusted Root


I can't believe I'll be up there in PA, that close to the guys, and not see them on the 16th!  Again, what was I thinking?!  Just kidding - my new year's resolution to lay off Mofro for awhile and see other bands has actually been working out pretty well.  I just didn't realize how hard it would be to go this long without seeing the guys - and other Mofro friends - at least once or twice.  It turns out I will be seeing Grace again before I see Mofro!
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Oh man!  It looks so much more inviting when you have all the acts listed like that, compared to what I remember from the earlier announcement.  It starts the day after tomorrow??  I just flew back from Pittsburgh last night.  Was going to make myself choose just one of Peach/Wheeling.

All that being said, hmmmmmm.  Lemme check.

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Oh man!  It looks so much more inviting when you have all the acts listed like that, compared to what I remember from the earlier announcement.  It starts the day after tomorrow??  I just flew back from Pittsburgh last night.  Was going to make myself choose just one of Peach/Wheeling.

All that being said, hmmmmmm.  Lemme check.


Technically starts Thursday evening with a few bands, but I'm pretty sure Devyn and I are going to wait until Friday.  We're trying to hit up this huge rollercoaster park (I think it's called Cedar Rapids - out in Sandusky, Ohio???) and Thursday would be the best day to do so.  If we don't make it Thursday, we'll only be missing Rusted Root (well, and Bobby Lee Rodgers, The Vegabonds, Cabinet, & “Late Night w/ Rogue Chimp and Lazer Sex” - never heard of this one - kind of scares me!!!)

The festival is over fairly early on Sunday (like 8 or 9pm), but we are staying that night and not going home until Monday.  Then I'll fly back to Georgia on Tuesday (I think - it's all getting a bit fuzzy right now.  Is that "fuzzy" as in "peachy"?  I'm losing it...)
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Hey Bad Habit, that park is called Cedar Point in Sadusky right on Lake Erie. It is the Roller Coaster capital....great coasters! You will love if you like coasters....one of my fav parks!
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Cedar Point in Sadusky


Ha ha!  Well, I was close - thanks  Yes, I love roller coasters - though it's been years since I've been on one.  The "best" amusement park I've ever been to is Six Flags in Atlanta, which is decent enough, but after looking at the website for Cedar Point, I'm really excited to try it out!!!
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Here are a few clips before the skies opened up.  Many thanks to rd350c for posting to Youtube.



Hide & Seek:




Country Ghetto:




Somebody Else:





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