Cumberland Caverns was on fire this past Saturday! First there was the film crew shooting footage for the opening of the Bluegrass Underground shows which will air on PBS in the fall. The cave was all lit up for action!! Travis Stinson and the band, Flea Market Hustlers got the music started. NewFound Road put on an electrifying performance that I think made the power go out in the cave. It was dark. I had just walked out of the bathroom and BAM, the lights went out! It is scary but kind of nice to just been there without sight relying on sound and touch. Within a few minutes the folks at Cumberland Caverns had candles lit and the stage began to smell like an altar. The bluegrass altar! The band kept on going… never stopped and in the middle of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ the power was returned.. There is something special about being in a blackout in a cave. And then…. Michael Cleveland came out with his band the Flamethrowers, I mean Flamekeeper. These guys are an incredible group of musicians. Throwing flames of sound and energy to the crowd. They were mesmerizing, making this alternative music loving girl a fan of old time true country music! I had to leave before they were done playing their set. I heard they stopped at about 4:45!! Gotta love people who are passionate about their god given talents! It was back out from the cool comfort of the 56 degree cave to the record breaking heat wave that has hit the south. It is only June and yet feels like August. Wonder if there is a way to live in the part of the cave where you can feel the warm air hit the cool air just before your glasses and camera lens fogs up. It feels pretty good there!
Queen Anne's Lace blankets the sides of the roads on the way to Cumberland Caverns!
Flea Market Hustlers, John Furbush
Flea Market Hustlers, Jake Winebrenner
Travis Stinson and the Flea Market Hustlers on the Bluegrass Underground stage
Newfound Road, Josh Miller and Joe Booher
NewFound Road, Tim Shelton
NewFound Road, Josh Miller, Jamey Booher, Tim Shelton, Joe Booher
The cave temp!
David Harvey's Mandolin, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
David Peterson and his guitar, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Kent Blanton, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
David Peterson, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Charlie Cushman, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
David Harvey, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Check out the upcoming shows for Bluegrass Underground right here!
I am also working on updating, rearranging the galleries on my website in the next few weeks to include favorites from Bluegrass Underground.