Despite the trashy reputation many summer music festivals hold, my experience last week at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware was far from those expectations. The anticipated chaos was replaced with a refreshing wave of creativity from the artists I continued to meet throughout the week. Some of the most impressive of these creative humans was an alt rock group called Grizfolk.
An increasingly popular dream for modern musicians is to play one of the massive North American music festivals. Not only did Grizfolk play one of the biggest Firefly stages last week, but they completely jammed out for an audience of over 20,000 enthusiastic people.
The view from the stage involved looking out into a sea packed full of golden silhouettes. The sweltering June sun started to set just as the Los Angeles based group took the stage. The flaming sky was a perfect backdrop for the unbelievable energy Grizfolk brought to their performance. As the set went on, more and more festival fans added themselves to the mass of dancing bodies.
The mixture of cultures from the bands roots in Sweden, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California created a perfectly eclectic vibe for fans to sing along to. Rock songs with a slight folk flare effortlessly poured out of the group. The most memorable moment for me was when Grizfolk sang "Vagabonds" off of their EP From the Spark. The entire audience immediately picked up on the anthemic beat and threw their waving hands in the hot air. A few songs from the upcoming album were also tossed into the set list, which was just as great since Grizfolk are one of those bands who sound even better live than they do recorded.
The set was then concluded with lead singer, Adam Roth, jumping down from the stage and singing on top of the barrier, supported by the welcoming hands of the lucky front row fans. After the set, I ran onto the drum riser and took the famous Grizfolk on-stage selfie with their largest crowd to date in the background. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this show will forever be one for Grizfolks books.