Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ocrafolk Festival – Saturday Night at the Deepwater

In addition to offering an evening of great music, the Deepwater Theater on the Saturday night of the 11th Annual Ocrafolk Festival also offered air conditioning, electric lights, and a guaranteed bug free environment, three things our campsite at the National Park Service Campground was missing. When we walked into the Deepwater it was only the second time we had done so. The first time we had come to the theater was a couple years ago to hear Captain Rob Temple’s The Rumgagger, an evening of nautical tall tales and poems. This evening we had come to the Deepwater to hear Skye Zentz, Malomar, and a Songwriter Circle hosted by Phil Kelly.
Skye Zents, a twenty-five year young veteran of the Ocrafolk Festival, was a talented, versatile performer. Her youthful enthusiasm and the subject matter of her songs, with lyrics referencing contemporary zeitgeist, made me feel both old and nostalgic.

Malomar, an enthusiastic, talented, hilarious, collection of young musical artists with faux British accents invaded the Deepwater and entertained with hilarious parodies and tributes that had us both laughing and applauding. Imagine a musical version of Mad Magazine, Jon Stewart, Richard Colbert and Saturday Night Live, with British accents!

The Songwriter Circle, hosted by Phil Kelley, featured several of the festival’s songwriters/performers taking turns performing original songs as well as talking about the song’s creation and meaning. The format reminded us of the Light of Day Festival’s “Songwriters by the Sea” and was as equally intimate. It was also a nice way to wind down the evening and end the day.

The Ocrafolk Festival was a great part of our two twelve day stay on Ocracoke. I hope we will be able to return in future years.

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