The lucky 1,500 or so who attended Soulive’s sizzling Royal Family Affair were treated to talent on an immense scale. This was not merely a line-up of favorite bands doing familiar songs and long-winded jams, but pure improvisation that sometimes surprised the musicians themselves, with nods of appreciation and laughs with each other over what just went down. One of the ticket options was called a “Full Rager,” and that’s exactly how you could describe the entire weekend. The Friday and Saturday late night DJ sets could be considered “Full Ravers,” as well.
The concert-goers, who included plenty of music students and musicians, had an appreciation for the high caliber of music that was experienced. The level of playing exceeded all expectations and had the entire audience dancing from beginning to end. It was impossible not to dance with the emphasis on funk, classic soul, jazz, rock, reggae, R&B, electronica and improvised jams. When they weren’t dancing, participants hiked, rode the lift to the top of the scenic mountain, strolled the Stratton Mountain Village or played volleyball, tetherball, four-square and frisbee as they soaked in the music. The weather was cool and breezy, and the skies were clear at night to take in the full moon hanging over the pines, as well as the Persied meteor showers streaking overhead.