Hangtown Music Festival 2018 - Review

[Alan Sheckter, Grateful Web]

The sad passing on October 12 of Andy Goessling, founding member of Railroad Earth, the ongoing host band for the Hangtown Music Festival (Oct. 25-28), was a unifying thread at this year’s fest, prompting outspoken love, respect, and admiration. In the end, the shared loss sparked a like-minded cause for life celebration and a shared process of moving forward amid a backdrop of fabulous music, Halloween costumes, and community.

Railroad Earth frontman Todd Sheaffer on Thursday night preceded the band’s first set of this, the eighth annual festival, by greeting the crowd and acknowledging the band’s loss. “We hope you have a wonderful time. We’re here without our brother Andy Goessling,” he said “It’s gonna be tough but thank you all for being here. Enjoy the music and enjoy the friendships, and have a wonderful Hangtown Ball.”

In addition to Railroad Earth, which performed on three of the festival’s four evenings, headlining performers included The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghost Light, and Keller Williams...

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