No trip for us is complete without music, and we began with our first night in Gilford at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion. If you haven't been, this is a terrific venue to see music and my husband's country band, The EXP Band, played the side stage before and after Lynyrd Skynyrd's show.
We arrived early and set up camp in the RV lot. (They also have tent camping in the field and tree sites as well). Camping is relatively new for Gilford and the RV lot is a nice grass area with recently built bathrooms - so much better than outhouses! Getting John's equipment to the stage from the camping area was graciously facilitated by the tireless staff via a fun golf cart ride.
The EXP boys had a phenomenal opening set and drew the incoming crowd into a
bit of dancing, hooting and hollering. I particularly love their original song "Whiskey Makes Me"; check it out on Spotify and all the major music streaming platforms. After EXP finished their opening set we were just blown away with main stage opening act - Don Felder of the Eagles.
For me, Don Felder was the surprise and highlight of the main stage that night. The band was tight, Don's voice was still in amazing form and there was a great mix of Eagles tunes and new, fun songs. I wish I had recorded some of the songs earlier in the set, but there is a Youtube video of Hotel California from that night:
The EXP band did a closing set and we had a nice walk back to our Bean for a pretty restful night before heading out early the next day for Scranton, PA and the Peach Music Festival!