Rock of the Woods -2013

Kevin Rothbauer was at the festival all three days and tooks some great shots. Here’s his review.

Rock of the Woods scores big

Kevin Rothbauer / The Citizen July 30, 2013

Hannah Georgas demonstrates her Canada-wide appeal on the Rock of the Woods stage on Sunday afternoon. Photograph by: Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen.


Rock of the Woods promoter Dave Bain said prior to the music festival in Glenora last weekend that he thought 2013 would be “the year that puts us a step forward.”

He was right.

“It was what I hoped for,” he said. “We did some things this year that I don’t think other festivals are doing that fostered a community spirit.”

With a new venue and biggername acts than the festival had drawn before, Rock of the Woods took a big leap, attracting larger crowds, including both youthful hipsters and the families that Bain had coveted.

For more photos from the festival, check out our photo gallery (link at end of story). For a video sample of Deep Sea Gypsies click here.

“We’ve had a mixture of feedback,” said Bain. “Even when people were complaining about something, the first thing they would say was how nice everyone was, and that’s what makes a festival go. Most of the feedback has been around people discovering new bands.”

The three-day party at the Godfrey Brownell Winery kicked off on Friday afternoon with Duncan’s own Royal Canadians and wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with a mellow set from Victoria folkies Jon and Roy. In between, the audience was treated to a huge variety of sounds.

“We went more out of the box than the year before, and that was successful,” said Bain.

Friday night headliners the Monophonics blew the crowd away with their Bay Area funk. Pure entertainers, the band led by charismatic vocalist and organist Kelly Finnigan doubtlessly left a horde of new fans in their wake.

Saturday featured an eclectic mix of performers, including the gritty High Noon to Midnight, the captivating ’80s-influenced Bestie, classic rockers the Deep Sea Gypsies and edgy 2012 returnees Sunhawk. That all led to incredible nighttime shows from two Seattle bands: soulful duo Fly Moon Royalty and the eclectic Cave Singers.

The festival closed on Sunday with a triple threat. Charming Calgarian Michael Bernard Fitzgerald got the crowd going with his set of originals interspersed with covers of Dylan, Springsteen and Blink-182.

Next up was nationally renowned star Hannah Georgas with her blend of folk and pop.

Finally, the chilled-out Jon and Roy proved a perfect way to end the weekend.

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