Festival of the Bluegrass finishes with a late-night party

By Matt Wickstrom

Saturday at Festival of the Bluegrass featured arguably the 44th annual gathering’s most diverse lineup, musically speaking, with equal amounts of traditional and progressive bluegrass from bands such as The Grascals, The Wooks, Seldom Scene and Town Mountain amplified into the sea of attendees in lawn chairs.

THE GRASCALS. Terry Smith. Terry Eldredge
The Grascals Terry Smith and Terry Eldredge perform at Festival of the Bluegrass on June 10, 2017. The 44th annual Festival of the Bluegrass was June 8 to 11 at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington, Kentucky. Matt Wickstrom mwickstrom@herald-leader.com

I arrived just as Town Mountain, who’d later put a cap on Saturday’s music, finished its afternoon set under a blistering sun — albeit more forgiving than in year’s past. Following the hard-driving five-piece from Asheville was The Grascals, who dazzled in their afternoon and early evening sets that included a performance of the Obsorne Brothers’ “Windy City.” The song featured a relatively slow pace compared to much of the remainder of the band’s set, and featured an elegant trio of synchronized vocals with guitarists Terry Eldredge and John Bryan and bassist Terry Smith. Backed by 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Kristin Scott Benson and mandolinist Danny Roberts, the song highlighted each band member’s instrumental proficiency.

View the full recap from Saturday at Festival of the Bluegrass at LexGo/Kentucky.com.

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