Monday, September 29, 2008
Onstage within Fernwood Campground, with a wave-like mountain ridge behind him, Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band provided one of the most memorable moments in a weekend full of memorable moments within Big Sur this weekend. Performing at Folk Yeah’s two day Festival in the Forest on Saturday night, Blakeslee asked the crowd of around two hundred music fans if they had seen or heard from Brian, a man who had been tripping the evening before and had become separated from his group at 3am. After the announcement, a man in the crowd to the right of the stage raised his hand and yelled that he was Brian and he was all right. The crowd erupted with applause and The Entrance Band ripped into a mind blowing set of ferocious blues-rock that culminated with a searing version of the band’s “Grim Reaper Blues.” Entrance’s Saturday night show was one of many musical highlights that occurred at the Festival in the Forest and Folk Yeah’s accompanying Sunday night double bill of Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Pegi Young at the Henry Miller Library. Other high points included the spaced out rock and light show of White Hills within Fernwood’s Bar late night Friday evening and Port O’ Brien’s set early Saturday that culminated with their rousing “I Woke Up Today,” a number where the band handed out pots and pans to the crowd and urged them to play along. Also Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Emmet Kelly’s set of intricate folk rock entranced audiences. There were non-musical highlights as well. Friday night found the Oscar nominated actor John C. Reilly of Magnolia and Talladega Nights fame entertaining a crowd on Fernwood Bar’s front porch, and on Saturday afternoon, one man folk rock act Little Wings halted his set to take in two guys wearing just underwear and hats that looked like bear heads running through the campground. Props should be given to Folk Yeah mastermind Britt Govea who programmed the event impeccably with late night films and trance rock and funk bands after the daily offering of music at the Festival in the Forest. For those who didn’t come down to Big Sur this weekend, you missed a very memorable music and cultural experience. Maybe you can take in some of the excitement whenever a documentary filmed there titled Festival in the Forest is released in the near future.