Delfest 2016: 8 Best Things We Saw

From the legendary host's family to a bluegrass ingenue

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Fruition occupies an interesting space in the Delfest scene, considering the band long ago traded its string band status for drums and a rock and roll aurora. Still, McCoury himself has been spinning the quintet's new album, Labor of Love, on his Sirius XM radio station, proving that genres are largely irrelevant at his festival. What's more important are high-energy show s— like Fruition's late night set featuring Yonder Mountain String Band's Allie Kral and the Infamous Stringdusters' Jeremy Garrett on fiddle — and originals that move the audience to dance, sing and even endure pouring rain, a requirement of Fruition's mainstage set. Dancing to Led Zeppelin's "Hey, Hey What Can I Do?" in the pouring rain? Priceless.

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