Blue Ox Festival: Day Two

Blue Ox Music Festival’s second day brought a full schedule. On an afternoon with a lot to offer from the main stage, the smaller side stage ended up delivering more compelling performances. Hometown trio Laska got things started with three-part harmonies that left the crowd rapt. Since Thursday’s schedule involved mostly male or male-fronted bands, Laska’s voices were a welcome addition and signaled a small bend towards gender diversity. Pert Near Sandstone’s friends Trout Steak Revival, out of Colorado, also played an exciting blend of bluegrass and folk. The two bands crossed paths years ago, banjoist Travis McNamara told the crowd, after battling for a spot in Telluride’s band contest and losing. But, as it does so often, alcohol softened that blow, and they’ve been fast friends ever since. Folk band Dead Horses continued with a moving, somber set that included their new song, “American Poor.” [Original photos by Amanda Wicks; full review/gallery available at Paste.]

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