FloydFest 9 is a mountain happening

FloydFest 9 kicked off Thursday amid the heat and humidity of the hills just inside Patrick County just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Now firmly established as part of the national festival scene, FloydFest is more than a four-day music event. It’s an instant community that brings another national spotlight on the area. The people who attend make the event as much as the artists who play, the vendors who sell their wares and the various attractions that provide an atmosphere that is part festival, part carnival and all fun.

FloydFest officials say they expect 14,000 to attend this year’s festival with the largest crowd predicted Saturday when Levon Helm headlines on the Dreaming Creek stage. Saturday is also predicted to be the hottest day with temperatures expected in the upper 90s.

We will be reporting on the festival over the next four days. See you there. Bring plenty of sunscreen.

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  1. Some friends and I are going to enjoy a tiny taste of the FloydFest-brand entertainment in Richmond this evening. One of the groups is appearing here. We’d like to sample the real thing – but being outside is just too brutal right now. I’m sure those who can deal with it will have a great time! In the meantime – we’ll enjoy from air conditioned environment.

    The Sounds of South America: Music by Solazo
    Friday, July 23, 2010
    Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
    Place: Library of Virginia, $10 Tickets are available through the Virginia Shop (804-692-3524)

    Hailing from Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador, the four members of Solazo will offer up a unique blend of Latin folk, contemporary dance music, and soulful ballads that appeal to all ages and cultures. Their newest CD, Mindful Journeys, is an exciting compilation of original music inspired by traditional styles borrowed from Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Ecuador. Layered with sensual Cuban rhythms and spiked with the unusual flavors of Andean sounds (panpipe, charango, and mandolin), the authentic and artful arrangements move fluidly from flamenco to mambo within the course of a single song. The band’s sound is further distinguished by enchanting and pure vocal harmonies that consistently captivate. A crowd favorite at the Richmond Folk Festival, this group of immigrants currently calls Floyd County, Virginia, home. This concert is offered in conjunction with the Library of Virginia’s exhibition The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia’s People.

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