Saturday I did something amazing, I took the afternoon off to enjoy myself! Friend Roseann schlepped over two chairs and we went to the Old Town Folk Roots Festival at Wells Park. I wanted to listen to the Latin Music and Roseann was up for the Welsh Male Chorus, both of which were booked within a close range of time.
While we were waiting, I saw this cute little girl with the three puffs of hair that bounced as she walked with her dad.
Grupo Miel performed at the Main Stage and the music was, like most Latin music, invigorating, up and lively and you just wanted to get up and dance!!
The next Main Stage event was the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus. I was looking forward to something like this for a nice change in tempo, unfortunately the Burlington Chorus did not appear alone. Roseann was really looking forward to hearing them since she’s into Welsh culture. What we then got was a nightmare. They appeared on stage with this other performer and their band. What followed was noise that was unbelievably loud, grating, dark and deadening. Occasionally we could hear a bit of the Chorus, but they were mostly drowned out by the other performers. My head was pounding. I commented to Roseann that they were giving me a headache, and she pointed out that she had already reached for an Excedrin. Hoping that the Darth Vadar of noise would soon shut up, we stayed for awhile. At some point neither of us could stand it any longer and we left. Of course as we were leaving, finally the Chorus was able to sing alone, but not for long. We fled back to the Nuestra Latin Musica tent.
Here is the Chorus, the only decent part about that show. Someone must have been possessed or had a bad hangover to book those two groups together, and really ruining what should have been a great Welsh singing event.
At the Nuestra Musica Tent I met Jesus Negrete, a Latino Folk musician. Unlike many of the Latin music themes at the festival, Negrete’s focus is on Chicano music by Chicano artists with a more Latino North American history and focus.