Plaza Tropical (and the rest of Musikfest) lived up to its name on Saturday afternoon, with heat and humidity to write home about. Still, that didn’t stop the crowds from coming out… or from the bands from putting on amazing performances.
We arrived to Plaza Tropical at 1 p.m., just in time for The Mellowells to take the stage. The indie rockers from Lancaster are multi-time ‘Festers, and I’m familiar with them from the days of the old Quinn Spinn. True to their name, they added a chilled-out, college radio vibe to the stage.
We then briefly headed to Volksplatz, where we heard country-bluegrass band Man About a Horse. I have a video of them on my phone, which you’ll see on our Facebook page later. I would have taken it with my camera, but I acquired my first Aw Shucks corn of the festival along the way. Some things have to come first.
We hung there for a few minutes to hear a pretty sweet bluegrass cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” but my girlfriend, a South Jersey native, wanted to check out JuTaun from Williamstown back at Plaza Tropical.
It was a good call, because JuTaun was amazing. Their crisp vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation blended everything from folk to R&B, and the band, rightfully so, received a standing ovation for their efforts at the end of their set.
We’re not finished yet for today. I’m hosting some family and friends this afternoon and evening, but I’ll surely be back on the scene to capture some of Musikfest’s best and brightest along the way. Make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page, as I will surely use Facebook Live to tell the evening’s story.