Grateful Dead fans flock to second day of Funhouse Fest
On a steamy Saturday, the music played in a Colonial Funhouse way.
The second day of the Funhouse Fest on the lawn of the Art Museums brought out fans of the Grateful Dead, and Bruce Hornsby's work with them, as he performed a set with the Noisemakers, along with The Staves and others.
For 43-year-old Bobby Pitts of Urbanna, it was a first to see Hornsby perform the music of the Dead, though he had seen the legendary band in concert before Jerry Garcia died.
"I'm a Grateful Dead fan, and I'm here to hear Bruce do some Jerry," Pitts said.
Pitts, sitting underneath one of the large trees, said he has an eclectic musical taste, and he was tapping his feet to alto-saxaphonist Kenny Garrett. This is his first time at Funhouse Fest, and Pitts said he would return.
"I think it's a good venue," Pitts said. "I think they've done well out here."
Another Dead fan, Morgan Weston, 46, of Williamsburg, brought her 16-year-old daughter, Molly, to listen to the Dead's music for the first time.
"I followed around the Grateful Dead, so I brought my daughter to see," Morgan Weston said. "It's an experience. I've seen over 100 Grateful Dead shows."
Morgan Weston said Bruce Hornsby was the draw, especially performing the Dead, but she also enjoyed the other performers.
"It's nice, it's laid-back. I like the whole food, beer truck kind of thing," she said. "I didn't quite know what to expect."
For Molly Weston, she had not heard Dead music live, and her mother has not tried to influence her.
"She heard about this, that Bruce Hornsby was playing, and she said, 'My god, we have to do this, because we share a lot,'" Molly Weston said. "I always liked sitting outside, in the shade under a tree."
Not everyone came out for Hornsby and the Dead's music.
Like many, 64-year-old Kerry Glenny, of Williamsburg, found a shady spot under one of the large Art Museum trees near the LED screen showing closeups of the performances. Though she admitted not knowing the performers, Glenny said she was having a good time.
"I don't even know who's playing," Glenny said. "It doesn't really matter. I love to dance, and I'm a townie, been here for over 40 years, and Bruce is a townie, so I'm here to support him … supporting one of my own."