Yee Haw, A Mountain Jamboree!

No, it’s not what you’re thinking! I was not in Deliverance country, being serenaded by dueling banjos… I was at a golf and ski residential resort in the Shenandoah mountains for their annual bluegrass show, the Mountain Jamboree.

Massanutten Resort's Mountain Jamboree

Massanutten Resort’s Mountain Jamboree

This is a small festival – three acts on the schedule – set at the base of the ski trails at the resort. What a glorious setting for live music!

Moon Over Massanutten

Moon Over Massanutten

We got to the Jamboree a bit late, so we missed the first act. On stage when we arrived was Hot Day At The Zoo, a bluegrass band from Lowell, Massachusetts that I have seen a few times.

Hot Day At The Zoo

Hot Day At The Zoo

HDATZ refers to their music as progressive bluegrass, or, as I sometimes say, bluegrass on speed. They are a quartet of mandolin, acoustic bass, guitar, and banjo. Unfortunately I have not been able to find the names of the band members.

HDATZ bass player

HDATZ bass player

HDATZ guitarist

HDATZ guitarist

HDATZ banjo player

HDATZ banjo player

HDATZ mandolin player

HDATZ mandolin player

A bluegrass band that hails from Lowell is a rarity, and I was thrilled to be able to see them outside their home town! The crowd seemed to enjoy them quite a bit and the band reacted to that enthusiasm.

HDATZ

HDATZ

I think they are quite talented and hope they continue touring. They have been around for more than ten years, although the members of the band have changed over time. They played a bluegrass version of the Beatles’ song ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. Who knew that the Beatles’ music would translate well to bluegrass? I know I didn’t…

HDATZ

HDATZ

After the sun set, the Larry Keel Experience took the stage.

Larry Keel and Jenny Keel

Larry Keel and Jenny Keel

The band comprises Larry on guitar and vocals, Jenny Keel on acoustic bass, and Will Lee on banjo and vocals.

Danny Barnes

Will Lee

Larry

Larry

Jenny

Jenny

This band played a mix of bluegrass and something that’s not bluegrass, but I can’t adequately describe it. I prefer the more traditional bluegrass they played, and would love to see Larry perform with Sam Bush (one of the best bluegrass mandolin players around).

Larry

Larry

I would like to see Will again as well, because I loved his banjo playing as well as his vocals.

Danny and Larry

Will and Larry

Capping off the Jamboree was a fireworks display. I did not photograph it because I did not have a tripod with me, but it was a nice albeit short display.

What a lovely evening under the stars!

 

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on September 13, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. thanks for the kind words about Larry Keel. one mistake needs fixed ASAP. our banjo player name is Will Lee not Danny Barnes. thanks, Steve.

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