It rained most of the day, but that hardly dampened the spirits of the bluegrass fans gathered at the Granite Hill Camping Resort near Gettysburg for Day One of the 76th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.
Of course with an opening day lineup filled with IBMA award winners and a couple of fine emerging acts, who was about to let rain dampen their spirits.
Eric Avey, of local favorites Mountain Ride, talks about the thrill of playing the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
A Wernick Method Jam Camp Session opened the day on the main stage, followed by a set by The Mosley Brothers. Then things really got cooking as the main acts’ afternoon sets were kicked off by Circa Blue, an emerging band from the Martinsville, West Virginia area.
Up next was the Lonesome River Band, led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor, who also has won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
Wunderkinds Flatt Lonesome, a bunch of 20-somethings who already have two IBMA Vocal Group of the Year awards (and a handful of other IBMA awards), followed, with local favorites Mountain Ride closing the afternoon sets.
The evening brought second sets from Circa Blue, Lonesome River Band, Flatt Lonesome, and Mountain Ride, who closed out the evening with a blistering set that sent folks dancing through the puddles on the way back to their camp sites.
Here is a gallery of photos from Thursday. You will also find live videos from Thursday on our Facebook page. Click on the images to see them full size.