Cedar City UT calls itself “Festival City” and Groovefest is just one of the festivals. Four days of workshops and music, including eighteen bands performing for free in the park. Genres include alt country, Americana, southern R&B, blues, Cajun swamp, traditional mountain, bluegrass, and more.
I just got back from Groovefest, a free two-day music festival here in Cedar City.
The New Familiars. During their encore, people literally from 8 to 80 were dancing in the grass by the stage, bikers next to middle-aged Mormon moms. It was wonderful. They’re one of those genre-busting bands; rock, bluegrass, Americana, and folk mixed together with an edge.
Bill Magee Blues Band just tore the place up, even if they were without their harp player. Cedar City is 6,000 feet above sea level and the harp player had serious altitude sickness. He tried valiantly to play, but just couldn’t. And the band was still amazing.
Lubriphonic was the headliner, “Chicago rock and roll stew” with funk and soul too. Everyone was dancing.
While looking at at schedule for this weekend’s Groovefest, a free two-day Americana / roots music festival here in Cedar City, I discovered Great American Taxi, who linked to Coal Country.
“Coal Country” is a film by Mary-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller that tells of the dramatic struggle around the use of coal, which provides over half the electricity in America. There is a great Compilation CD for the cause and 100% of the proceeds go to The Alliance for Appalachia to help stop Mountain Top Removal. We are proud to have “Appalachian Soul” Featured on their website as a Free Bonus Track to the album.