Sometimes three-day music festivals can be so much fun that they seem to go by quicker than one-night concerts. That said, I had an amazing time at Catskill Chill, which took place earlier this month on an Upstate New York camp grounds.
Upon arriving on Friday afternoon with my friend Allie, I realized that I recognized my surroundings. â€śHoly —-, this is a summer camp grounds, and I know people that went here!â€ť We then did the standard things to do at a camping fest; set up camp, meet the neighbors, and explore the grounds, all before the real fun starts.
The first act we checked out was JGB with Melvin Seals on the main stage. These guys all have a pretty impressive resume, having played alongside Jerry Garcia, Chuck Berry, and various great names in the jam scene. These guys played a fun set which included an extended cover of â€śJohnny Too Badâ€ť by the Slickers.
Next up on the â€śBâ€ť Stage was Dr. Fameus, which is Allen Aucoinâ€™s (the drummer from the Disco Biscuits) side project. Allen explores a wide range of musical sounds from drum ‘n’ bass to dubstep to techno and house. My favorite was when he dropped Compton Funk. And of course he uses what he has learned playing in front of massive crowds with the Biscuits to cater to the crowd’s vibes and put on a pretty sick show.
Speaking of the Biscuits, we moved on to catch Conspirator, which includes Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Biscuits as well as Chris Michetti, who we caught DJing at Camp Bisco. This was one of my favorite sets of the weekend. It mixes the bass-heavy sounds of dubstep with live experimental sounds of jam bands. It’s a cool trend that various bands are doing, and I really dig it. Some of the highlights include a sick cover of “Scarlet Begonias,” “Feed the Wolf” and “Gypsy Down.”
The rest of the night was filled with some heavy bass and some great jams, including a set from Lettuce that started with the tune “Blast Off” and ended with “5 Am Huff.”
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