Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MASSV was worth it!

MASSV was worth the trip

I made the trip from Bend, Ore., to Sun Valley for the first installment of MASSV, and to put it bluntly, I was not sure what to expect. Having been to many music festivals over the years, I know that the quality of venues and acts can vary widely. Well, MASSV was, in a word ... MASSV!

The acts, while generally geared toward a younger generation than my own, were top-notch and sufficiently varied to appeal to a wide audience.

From the Austin blues vibe of Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears to the reggae jam of Winstrong to the electro-dance-soul-funk-rock of Ghostland Observatory to the hip-hop stylings of Brother Ali, with all these acts and more, the bases were solidly covered. As if all the top-notch musical talent was not enough, there were fire-orb twirlers, dancers, neon butterfly bikes, alien DJ's, art and food vendors to round out a massively good time.

Despite some challenging weather conditions, MASSV and the town of Ketchum still managed to create a welcoming atmosphere for out-of-towners like myself. Big ups to MASSV and the people who made it possible for what is sure to be a staple event in Sun Valley.


Bend, Ore.

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