Nelson, who turns 74 today, was probably the festival’s oldest artist. He delivered a winning set early last night that began with â€œWhiskey Riverâ€ and included such favorites as a rocked-up â€œStill is Still Moving to Meâ€ and a tender version of â€œMe and Bobby McGee.â€ Nickel Creek, which performed Friday, was also warmly received. â€œWe are so excited to be here â€“ you have no idea,â€ singer/violinist Sara Watkins told the cheering crowd.
Following an especially charged version of the all-instrumental â€œThe Smoothie Song,â€ some audience members expressed their approval by shouting out a popular profanity. Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile smiled. â€œWe never get swearing at our shows. This is awesome,â€ he said. â€œJust hurl one (obscenity) out every few minutes. Make us feel like rock stars!â€
â€“ GEORGE VARGA