Apprehension loomed over Jericho Park when gloomy clouds threatened to dampen the spirits of eager music junkies. Fortunately, fulgent rays of golden sunshine were the only thing raining down from the partially-cloudy sky.
The beauty of the day was fully appreciated once the clouds split, and festival patrons played, danced, and sang in the warm summer air.
The workshop sessions were a particular highlight. Multiple groups of musical experts packed themselves onto modestly-sized stages to collaborate on new material, and create unique twists on classic folk tunes.
News of Joan Baez’s cancellation, due to viral laryngitis, was the only part of day two that didn’t meet my expectations; however, even that turned out ok when Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys and Noura Mint Seymali stepped up to fill the void. Though she was surely missed, the Pete Seeger tribute workshop bands put it best, saying: “We will soldier on, even without Joan.”