Audience at Firefly (Photo by Theo Wargo, Getty Images)
The second annual Firefly Music Festival grew impressively this year, spreading its wings in The Woodlands, located behind the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Located roughly 100 miles from Washington, DC, Firefly is poised to become the biggest east coast festival of all next year.
I attended the Coachella Valley Music Festival for the first time this year as well in April, and I can attest the grounds for the three-day Firefly are even larger and more diverse than the grounds for Coachella. Via The Woodlands, Firefly offers four large stages; several wooded entertainment areas for hammocks, films and dancing; and huge tracts of land where businesses like the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery literally can build a barn and run half a dozen beer bars inside.
The festival itself was orderly and well run but at the same time the atmosphere seemed a lot more rock and roll than the manicured polo lawns of Coachella. About 30,000 people attended Firefly in its first year and festival organizers were calling for twice as many this year.
As a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of concert tickets to one lucky reader each week. Check back here every Wednesday morning at 9am to find out what tickets we’re giving away and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!
This week we are giving away a pair of tickets to see self-proclaimed purveyor of “whatevercore” Alex Ebert and “Fam” perform at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Tuesday, May 31st.
You might know Alex Ebert better as the singer for the groups Ima Robot and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. He is an eclectic performer who is usually featured amidst massive collaborative groups of performers. This year Alex has released his first solo recording called “Alexander” and is supposedly taking a break from his collaborative collectives to enjoy a little creative me time. What this performance will be like is anyone’s guess. When I saw him perform with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, I found Ebert to be a charismatic and eccentric performer. Who “Fam” is also anyone’s guess at this point. While this is supposed to be supporting his strictly solo album, the tour could feature any number of his past collaborators or even some new ones.
For your chance to win these tickets simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between 9am and 4pm today. One entry per email address, please. If today doesn’t turn out to be your lucky day, check back here each Wednesday for a chance to win tickets to other great concerts. Tickets for this event are available on Ticketfly.