Despite a wet weekend, the 8th annual Bluegrass Festival went off without a hitch on October 13th and 14th. Due to unseasonal rain, brought about by a hurricane off of the Baja coast, the festivities had to be moved indoors to the Crafts III building. Nobody seemed to bother by the change—the cafeteria offered a cozy, intimate atmosphere for the weekend with easy access to amenities and vendors.
Jam Pak Blues ’N’ Grass Neighborhood Band founder Anni Beach lead the charge once again this year, bringing the students from her musical education nonprofit out to perform and volunteer over the course of the weekend. Performances were also given by Cabin John, Salt of the Earth, the Sandoval Sisters, Haymarket Squares, Incidental Bluegrass, and others.
Catfish Willy’s, long time favorite food vendor of Arcosanti events, provided barbecue and friend catfish on the Bakery terrace while the cafe staff grilled up hot dogs and hamburgers to be served alongside donated beer from Mudshark Brewing in Lake Havasu.
The Bluegrass Festival is already tentatively scheduled for the second week of October in 2019. We hope to see you there.