The ground was slush, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind. They came in a variety of outfits, from those who were obviously fresh off the slopes to people who nailed the look of “festival-goer.” And the shoes — many wore boots and were ready for the hike up and down the venue, but many more were in Vans sneakers, flats and other ankle-baring footwear. One gentleman had even duct taped cardboard to his feet in the hopes of staying dry.
But they didn’t seem to mind. They danced along with The Main Squeeze, whose high energy and fun sound got the small opening crowd riled up and wanting more. More and more people filed through the gates as Moon Taxi took to the stage and delivered a funky set that had everybody, even security, grooving along. Finally, after the sun had set and the venue had filled up — although Friday’s crowd was nothing compared to the mob of X Games — Umphrey’s McGee walked on stage and immediately began delivering guitar riffs that shook all of Buttermilk and carried the sound of The Après up and down the valley.