|Photos by : Emily Ritter|
Walking around the festival grounds and searching for a place to shoot our River Whyless session gave me the chance to really immerse myself in the scenery, and I've got to say that Music on the Mountaintop has one of the most fantastic set-ups I've seen at a festival. A shuttle bus that runs straight to a grocery store, campgrounds conveniently placed near beautiful streams, hot showers, and most importantly a gorgeous horizon of endless mountains, what's not to love about it?
Dirty Dozen Brass Band warmed up the crowd for the festival's headliners of Raildroad Earth, but quite frankly they damn near stole the show. They had a stage presence that can only be acquired through the decades of touring that this band has gone through. The horns were crisp and shot through the mountain air as the warm day began to cool down, allowing for everyone to relax on a blanket, or rage out to one of the finest jazz-funk groups of our time. The sun went down and the LED hoops came up and out, marking the turn of the night towards Railroad Earth.
As the festival's headliner took the stage could hear rustles of everyone's excitement as I made my way to the photo pit, I could hear folks sharing their stories of the 6th and 7th times they'd seen Railroad Earth. Railroad Earth was a band that I went into this festival blind to, and quite frankly they lived up to their expectations. They put on a robust light show, with some entrancing displays even projected onto the trees behind the stage, and a musical clinic on each of their instruments. While I had to leave to head back to Raleigh early on Sunday, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Music on the Mountaintop that I attended. The festival has an incredible sense of community, and it's clear that as the festival grows older this can only blossom into something more and more beautiful. Do yourself a favor and start making your way out to Foscoe for this wonderful experience, you surely won't regret it.