If I were to make a video montage of my experience at the Nelsonville Music Festival last weekend it would go something like this: Cue Michael Hurley’s unamplified voice fighting to be heard over The Detroit Cobras, Man Man‘s ability to be a public spectacle anywhere, some bitchin’ mullets (and mild honky-tonk fans) hootin’ and hollerin’ at an impressive (and tired) Loretta Lynn and Sharon Jones infiltrating mid-Ohio like it was her very own stomping ground. All of that in just two days is well worth the drive and ticket price and lack of phone reception.
Aside from the obvious big name highlights of the festival, seeing local acts shine outside of Columbus was particularly fulfilling. Both Moon High and The Alwood Sisters played to eager crowds. Rounding out the weekend is my recommendation to check out Louisiana-based GIVERS. This band showed some serious enthusiasm that was easily matched by its rowdy audience.
More photos here.