We spent Memorial Weekend ensconced among the redwoods of the Sierra Nevadas at Woodflock 10. What is Woodflock? It’s a musical festival put on annually by Antsy McClain. Who is Antsy McClain? With 20 albums to his name, Antsy is one of the most prolific indie artists you’ve never heard of. But that’s the way it is with independent artists, isn’t it? They do music their way – not fitting into the mainstream music model dictated by the big music companies. Usually, people find out about them by word of mouth. If you are lucky, a friend recommends them, and your music world expands. Antsy’s music is like being with that favorite friend with whom you share your secrets and giggle uncontrollably.
Attending Woodflock has been our pipeline to new indie artists. Each of the three nights of the festival – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – a new indie artist performs with Antsy & the Troubadours following. It’s 3-4 hours of concert(s) each night, often followed by a jam session with anyone who wants to participate. Friday night featured Mike McNevin with Pat McClellan, a returning favorite. It was their third Woodflock appearance. Mike’s songs are like being wrapped in a warm blanket while he tells you a story.
Saturday night featured Rachel Garlin, a solo singer-songwriter. Her beautiful music is poignant with an occasional touch of humor.
Sunday night brought Late for the Train to the stage, a lovely modern bluegrass sound whose lyrics take a feeling and create a painting.
Sourdough Slim performed Sunday afternoon. As I was a bit under the weather, I missed his performance. However, my husband attended.
So attendees camp for the weekend, while renewing friendships with other Woodflockers – aka Flamingoheads. The price of admission also includes a catered breakfasts and dinners throughout the weekend, song-writing workshops with the artists, guided meditation, and lots of fun.
This was our first year at Camp Tehama. The scenery was outstanding. Already looking forward to Woodflock 11!