July 6, 2012 – 80/35 Music Festival

Two days, 46 bands, 3 stages at the intersection of I-80 and I-35 and you have the 80/35 festival.  It’s a homegrown festival, virtually totally volunteer run and organized (only two employees).  There’s a good mix of bands, both local and national.

Headlining the day was the Avett Brothers.

With a cello, upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and more, the  band runs on high octane!

Earlier in the day Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey.  Bo is a fixture in the Iowa music scene, as a solo artist, as Greg Brown’s lead guitar player and stints playing with and producing albums by Lucinda Williams.  Nobody plays the silence between the notes like Bo – his sparse, mournful style is pretty distinctive.  Now he’s playing with Pieta Brown.

Useful Jenkins is a Minnesota based jam bluegrass band based on acoustic guitars and mandolin.

Opening the day was self-described hippie bluegrass band Dumptruck Butterlips from Lawrence KS.