When I first heard that this show was moved to the dog park in Roanoke and was a dog and kid friendly show at 4 in the afternoon….I wasn’t sure what to make of it. What I and the 40 or so other people in the park were treated to was one of the coolest and most laid back music experiences I think I’ve ever been witness to.
When I got there, Marcus Hodges of Roanoke’s own Red Clay River was playing. He had his dog Jackson tied to his beltloop, there were other dogs walking around, small toddlers were running around chasing dogs and riding bikes, people littered all about the hillside listening to the music. I found me a spot on the hill and settled in. I have heard of Red Clay River but never actually heard them. I was pretty impressed by Marcus’s set. Sadly I learned later that Red Clay River is on something of a hiatus due to theft of most of their gear earlier in the year. That is a shame, and I hope they can get back to playing again soon.
After Marcus, Josh Small came up to play a set with Tim Barry helping out. Now Josh is another who I have heard of but never heard. Was really impressed by him too. Especially his playing on his resonator. Some great blues slide thing going on. When it switched almost seamlessly from Josh with Tim helping out to Tim with Josh helping out, Tim got down on the grass and asked everyone to come in closer and form a circle around. This was really cool and just stepped an already laid back picnic style show into an almost gathering of good friends hanging around a campfire.
I’ve been writing this post for days it seems, not cause it’s difficult but just because I haven’t felt like writing anything…so I will leave it at this. It was great, Tim was great, and it was one of the coolest shows I’ve ever been to. Now watch the vids:
Here is crappy vid I took with my cell
Here is another vid from someone else who was there (I love this song!)