What a successful inaugural Prairie Sky Music Festival! Tremendous effort on behalf of all Park staff and volunteers made for a successful event. Workers scurried throughout the week to set up tents, install new electric, groom the gardens, mow the grass, and set up sound and lights along with a bizillion other details.
Each and All of the performers delivered stellar sets. Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, individually and collectively, showed the receptive crowd why these two artists are considered the top Bluegrass entertainers today. Their levels of musicianship and showmanship displayed with tight vocals wowed the crowd.
The “dance pit” directly in front of the stage was a multi-generational area. Young and old danced – perhaps for different reasons. Sam Bush has been performing over forty years, originally playing with the New Grass Revival before many of the dancers were born! The older participants may have danced in memory of another time. How nice to see that bluegrass music attracts the young generation. The torch is passed.