McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Day Three of McDowell Mountain Music Festival Delivers in Every Way

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The Lippians got a small crowd over to the local stage with a breezy early-afternoon set. It was baking-hot out in the sun. But the four females looked cool as cucumbers up on one of the biggest stages they have ever played.

Based on how delighted MMMF festival-goers were with Sister Lip's tunes like "Pure Honey," and "The Sex Song" (as well as their cover of Ginuwine's "My Pony" featuring TKLB) and the band's persistent pushing of the festival on social media, I would rank them as favorites for a MMMF Main Stage slot in 2016.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe followed on the mainstage, and while it definitely was no Trombone Shorty, the band was funky in a similar way. The horn blasts in the middle of the afternoon raised the festivals level of engagement, and the matching outfits and half-assed dance moves really made their set a hell of a lot of fun.

Funk is always a big part of any legitimate jam band festival, and KDTU is sort of funk that the jam band fans go crazy over. Even with a set that began at 3:15 p.m., Denson got the MMMF crowd dancing in the sun.

At 4:45, Trampled by Turtles took the main stage for the final afternoon set of MMMF, presenting to the crowd a whole different staple of jam band music festivals in bluegrass. They harmonized extremely well and sounded infinitely better live than they do on their records. It was also at this time I realized that while on Friday and Saturday crowds really fluctuated in and out of the festival, on Sunday the people were just piling in on top of each other.

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Jeff Moses
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