Incredible Day One at Moonshiner's Ball with The Marcus King Band and More
21 May 2017 Kim Blackburn
Moonshiner's Ball 2017 kicked off in its new venue with quite a tasty lineup. Bringing a mix of local Kentucky artists and national touring acts to the stage, it was an impressive mixture that brought about a fun, energetic, inclusively welcoming atmosphere. The first act I was able to catch was Margaret Glaspy, a singer-songwriter from Red Bluff California with a powerful, commanding voice. Next up was The Wooks. A local Kentucky band who's making a national splash and who is considered one of the hottest Bluegrass Bands to come out of Kentucky since New Grass Revival and Sam Bush.
The Wooks set the stage for the Marcus King Band who walked out and ripped the crowd up with some of the best soulful blues currently available in the land. Their set was back dropped by lightning as a line of heavy thunderstorms moved in and eventually cut it short as the storm moved over the venue. I was able to hang with Marcus in the media tent while the storm passed and I had to ask when he first picked up a guitar, he replied, "3 or 4 years old," and it shows. His band truly impressed everyone and cries of "please come back next year" could be heard throughout the audience.
The storm flooded the stage area enough to shut down power for the night, but that didn't stop the remaining bands from playing unplugged. The Lil' Smokies were up next and proceeded to smoke it, bringing their high energy style of Bluegrass to the stage pulling the people to their feet and dancing in the rain. Closing out the night for the national act was Golden Dawn Arkestra. An Austin psychedelic afrobeat collective. Their name is an allusion to the Sun Ra Arkestra. Being heavily influenced by Sun Ra, the band is in the same vein, stylistically, is frequently introducing costumes and an out-there aesthetic in their performance that is reminiscent of Sun Ra's eclectic music, unorthodox lifestyle, and theatrics.
Due to the power shut down, they decided to forgo the stage and march to and around the venues large bonfire delighting the crowd and making new fans in the process. Locals Trucker Hat Coalition closed out Friday with a late night jam also at the bonfire. Despite the Thunderstorm, it was a great start at the new location.
All photos of The Moonshiner's Ball 2017 were captured by Kim Blackburn Photography which you can view below or in the Gallery!