Halfway via Lake Avenue Dive’s hour-extensive set, guide vocalist Rachel Cost joyfully expressed tothe almost 6,500 in attendance at the inaugural Maple Dwelling Music + Arts Competition, “Isn’t this enjoyment? Stay music.”
Every person recognized what she intended. The a single-working day festival at Hartwood Acres, just outdoors of Pittsburgh, indicated to songs lovers that we may well eventually be relocating beyond the pandemic’s hold of two years and finding back to the jubilant communal rite of outdoor concerts.
While the desire for vaccine cards and destructive checks for entrance have generally subsided, Maple Home presented the following “new normal” of concert daily life — a frequent adaptation to the sudden variations in the weather. More than the span of Maple House’s 12 hrs of performances by nationwide functions which include headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Device, Black Pumas, Elle King, Joseph, Welshly Arms, Adia Victoria, Noah Kahan, Ripe, Eric Gales and Major Sam’s Funky Country in addition climbing regional functions Ghost Hounds and The Vics. festivarians dealt with a cloudless sky, 90 degree temperatures and humidity.
Then, Mom Nature built a sudden switch as the danger of a unpleasant storm place a cease to the day’s great vibes and Ghost Hounds set. Following a 45-minute hold off that showcased significant winds, and regardless of currently being pelted by tree pollen alternatively of rain droplets, a lot less than 50 percent the group returned for robust, but shortened, sets from the remaining two functions.
Black Pumas headlined the lesser Gibson Phase with a concise set that rewarded the devoted with its highly effective psychedelic soul that labored its way to the group’s hit “Colors.”
Fronting his tight band, the 400 Device, Isbell held text to a minimum in purchase to pack in as a lot of tracks as doable on the Maple Residence Phase. In an hour he obtained as a result of 11 which includes hits “If We Ended up Vampires” and “24 Frames” and favorites this kind of as “Super 8,” “Cover Me Up” and a protect of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s “Honeysuckle Blue,” which showcased guitarist Sadler on vocals.
These two artists culminated a day’s well worth of tunes tackling rock (Welshly Arms), blues (Gales, Victoria), funk (Massive Exact same, Ripe) and folk (Joseph, Kahan) with the subtle pop (Lake Road Dive), R&B (Ghost Hounds) and (outlaw) country twang (King) thrown into the blend for additional sizzle.
Other than the precautionary hold off, Maple Property did sufficient things suitable in its very first calendar year that it would be stunning not to system on the fest returning with an additional synergistic lineup in 2023.