Thursday, February 2, 2023

PHOTOS: Bruce Hornsby, the Wood Brothers and more from the final day of Funhouse Fest

Fans braved high heat and humidity Saturday for the last day of this year’s Funhouse Fest.

Although there was a brief shower shortly before the gates opened at 3:30 p.m., the rain stayed away for the rest of the day as thousands filled the lawn in front of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg.

On Friday, the festival was briefly evacuated because of weather around 8 p.m., but fans returned about an hour later as headliner Alison Krauss took the stage.

Deva Mahal kicked off Saturday’s festival at 4 p.m. with a rousing R&B-infused set on the main stage. She was followed on the second stage by Angela on the Arts, a trio consisting of bass clarinet, trumpet and viola whose sound can only be described as chamber music meets avant-garde jazz.

The Wood Brothers got many audience members up on their feet despite the heat. The Nashville-based trio draws on influences from old-time country to classic rock, and their set drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd.

Gibb Droll, who plays in the Noisemakers with Bruce Hornsby, got his own set on the second stage. Droll showcased his guitar prowess while a smiling Hornsby watched from the side of the stage.

Another well-received act was Amos Lee, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter who delighted in telling the audience that he plays a guitar made by Charlottesville-based Rockbridge Guitar Co.

The final act on the second stage was Chris Forsyth, who performed a rare solo set without his usual Solar Motel Band.

Bruce Hornsby teamed up with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to close the show. Instead of concentrating on his hits, Hornsby instead chose to go for a more jazz-influenced set. But the crowd didn’t care, applauding loudly after each number for Williamsburg’s most famous resident.

Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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