Folk Fest: Rosanne Cash vs. Elliott Brood
People were inexplicably sitting down for Buck 65's set on Stage 5 this afternoon. Lots and lots of very enthusiastic people, mind you. Mr. Rich Terfry was as solidly entertaining as he ever is, and offered up an intriguing version of Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire" after bringing on his friend Marnie Herald to help with "Gee Wiz".
An equally big crowd was on its feet for power-folkies Elliott Brood roughly an hour later on the same stage. "We're competing with the Main Stage, louder!" demanded vocalist-guitarist Mark Sasso, during a bruising "Without Again". And loud they were, although Roseanne Cash most definitely had the advantage over on the Main Stage. Starting with a smoky version of Hank Snow's "Movin' On", Ms. Cash and her band of gentlemen put on a show that rang out across the big field with stunning clarity and gentle strength.