We were honored and delighted to take part in Curtis Stigers’ Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza this year! The crowd was very enthusiastic, and it’s always great to have so much fun supporting such a great cause. Pictures were taken and kindly shared by Andy Lawless.
We had so much fun at the Northwest Folklife Festival! What a crazy, intense, and beautiful experience! If you’ve never been to it, it’s hard to explain the enormous mass of stuff that is the Folklife Festival. For those living in Idaho, imagine the Hyde Park Street Fair, multiply it by about 10, *then* add the Boise Curb Cup on top of it (but without the tokens). And then make it four days long. Lots of shows were happening on 24 (!!!) stages for the entire weekend, and then you had small groups of buskers down every walkway and bordering every park. And then there were the food and merchandise vendors.
The organization was excellent. Victoria said that getting registered was a bit hairy, but our stage had a stage manager, an MC, and an audio engineer, and what’s better; all three knew what they were doing! The crowd seemed to really enjoy what we were playing and aside from some drum mic’ing issues it would be hard to imagine a smoother ride, especially given the circumstances.
We also would like to thank Mai Li of The Debaucherauntes for everything she did to make the Klezmer Folklife Afterparty happen. If she had balls, she certainly busted ’em on this one, and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to play with and for the likes of Nu Klezmer Army, Bucharest Drinking Team, Erev Rav, and The Debaucherauntes themselves. Sound issues kept things from being as tight as they could have been, but hopefully round two will be in the not-so-distant future!!
Here’s a few pictures from our experience. There’s also pictures and some video from our performance. I’ll try and update this gallery with them once I track down the originals…
A collection of some of our favorite pictures, by event
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