This was my third Delfest (May 21-24, 2015) and it proved to be just as soul satisfying as in previous years. The festival grounds, at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD are bordered by the Potomac River and just beyond are the towering cliffs of West Virginia covered in green. The huge cliffs reflect sound from the mainstage so that music can be heard far out into the campgrounds. It’s the most gorgeous Read more…
The String Cheese Incident @ Suwannee Hulaween, Live Oak Florida 10/31/2014 – 11/02/2014
Did you make the very best of your Halloween experience? I know that I surely did, what better place to be than at one of the most amazing outdoor venues in the country with one of the top notch jam bands of today, The String Cheese Incident. The festival had a lot to offer to music lovers of all kinds with other varieties of musical acts. Suwannee Hulaween produced a weekend packed with high energy, Halloween shenanigans, theatrics, solid tunes, and clear skies. It was great weather all weekend day and night, which was amazing considering the cold front that took hold of the east coast on Saturday and Sunday evening.
The String Cheese Incident started the weekend off right with a “Friday The 13th Jam” > Restless Wind sing along. The rest of the first set Read more…
3 Nights, 7 Sets of the String Cheese Incident
Halloween has always been a time for SCI to shine. It’s a time to showcase the band’s full musical range and artistic flair. This weekend you’re bound to hear old favorites and new hits. Eye candy will be plentiful. We can only imagine and anticipate what musical highs will be reached over and over again until we’re left with nothing but wide eyes and smiles from ear to ear.
The Line Up
No matter whether you’re into the twang or the womp, 2014′s line up is stacked with the best of the best. Bliss out to String Cheese Incident, get grimy with Big Gigantic and exotic with Beats Antique, get happy with Keller Williams and stompin’ with Greensky Bluegrass, get psychedelic with Shpongle and jammy with New Deal, get worldly with Thievery and Jerry with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.
Special Shout Out to the Little(er) Guys…
This year we’re particular excited for the soulful crooning of the sexy sisters of Rising Appalachia, the feel-good bluegrass of AppleButter Express, the jazzy funk of Kung Fu.
Cheese has teased that we’ll be getting an “AfterLife” themed cover set…what’s it going to be? In the past we’ve seen everything covered from Spiderman to Edgar Allen Poe covers. Covers are the equivalent of a musical costume, and we can’t wait to see what all the bands do with the holiday that’s all about pretending to be someone else.
Thursday night Electron and Particle will be kicking things off. Particle, after having been on hiatus, came back with a vengeance in 2013 and have been sounding better and better with every show. Molitz will be paving the way to outer space with his keys yet again, no doubt. Electron is stacked with some of the hottest musicians in the jamtronica scene right now. Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band, Modern Measure, and MZG will be adding to the grooves.
Spirit of Suwannee Music Park
Any list of the most beautiful venues in the country inevitably includes the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Regaled for it’s 800 acres of mighty oaks draped in Spanish moss, balmy Florida weather, and the peaceful Suwannee River cutting through it all, Cheese couldn’t have picked a better spot for the annual Halloween shenanigans. With hiking, fishing, swimming, horses, a bird sanctuary, bat house, and golf cart tours of the grounds, you don’t even need to go to the three stages to have a great time (…but you really should).
The Visual Art
The visual art directors over at Hulaween are promising “an epic
fusion of dazzling lights, art installations and performance art that morphs the Spirit Lake waterfront and adjacent forest into a vivid dream-like space that fully engages the senses. Working with some of the Southeast’s most talented sculptors, fire/metal workers, painters, performance artists and lighting designers”. All this plus live painting and the always phenomenal posters and merchandise- we can’t wait!
The Hoopers and the Smilers bring the warm, fuzzy vibes all weekend long. Known for their love of performance art, get-ups like walking NiteBrites, patchwork, and homegrown lovin’, these folks are strange but not strangers- the weird, the colorful, the freaky people who’ll hug you at first sight, dance the night away, and be your best friends by the end of day two.
Let’s face it, if there’s anyone who knows how to throw the party of
the century, it’s SCI. From performers, stilt-walking, and jugglers throughout the crowds to aerial dancers gracefully defying gravity to a sure-to-sizzle light show that’ll be seen from space, Cheese aims to please when it comes to enhancing the party experience. Hulaween is sure to be the hottest halloween party around.
Perhaps one of the more overlooked highlights of the Spirit of Suwanee is the camping. It’s got everything you need for a great time: car camping, fire rings, tons of shade beneath the majestic Oak trees and smiles for miles. This year, Hulaween is even offering a campsite-decorating contest, including an opportunity for a VIP upgrade for the whoever’s got sweetest digs.
The Lake and the Silent Disco
Spirit Lake, a highlight of the park, will be getting some extra TLC from the art and light crew. We’ve heard rumors of a light show over the lake, and installations all along the shore. Watch the sunset reflect off the water and stargaze at night, then head over to the Silent Disco for both acoustic and electronic acts and dance, dance, dance!
Get pumped with some of these Halloween shows from past years.
Hulaween 2013 - Suwannee
Halloween 2004 – Madison, WI
It goes without saying that festivals are the closest thing to heaven on Earth if you’re a lover of music, camping, and general merriment. But these days, even festi-heaven has its drawbacks: the buzzkill of face-planted partiers, hustlers trying to make a buck every ten minutes, missing entire sets for a half hour walk between campsites and stages, and sticky-fingered sketchballs who forgot to pack their morality. But fear not, festie-friends! Delfest is tiny slice of heaven free of all that mess, a place where twang will soothe the soul, a veritable Eden of all that is right with the world.
The Allegheny Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland, is an Read more…
You hiked the hills; you camped in the trees; you witnessed the bubbles (and that naked guy); you can make a peacock bird call like a master; you danced yourself silly…now relive the magic with these fun photos.
Photos by Terry Rogers
I’m super excited for this festival! JGB, EOTO, Cornmeal, Lotus, Yonder, and way more!
CATSKILL CHILL MUSIC FESTIVAL
3-DAY CAMPING FESTIVAL IN HANCOCK, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 7 – 9, 2012
Over 40 Acts on Three Stages including Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus,
Conspirator, Soulive, Lettuce, EOTO, Kick Rocks and many more
WHAT: Taking place at the picturesque Camp Minglewood in Hancock, New York from September 7th – 9th, the third annual Catskill Chill Music Festival will host over 40 bands on three stages including Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, Conspirator, Soulive, Lettuce, EOTO, Kick Rocks and many more. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, where the beauty of nature synchronizes with the euphoric sounds of live music, this intimate lakeside event has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. The Chill features free parking, free camping, on-site cabin rentals, three outdoor covered stages and an Open Mic stage encouraging fans to become part of the performance. Festivalgoers can also enjoy yoga, drum circles, live art, and a communal bonfire each night. Daily round trip bus transportation from Bryant Park in New York City direct to the front gates at Catskill Chill is available for only $50 per person.
WHEN: September 7th– 9th, 2012
Camp Minglewood 350
Bouchoux Brook Rd Hancock, NY 13783
$125 advance online tickets | $145 gate
Daily round trip bus transportation from NYC is available for only $50 per person
VIP upgrades & RV rentals available at www.CatskillChill.com
Yonder Mountain String Band • Lotus • Conspirator • Soulive • Lettuce • EOTO • JGB with Melvin
Seals • Rubblebucket • Cornmeal • Particle • Break Science • Kick Rocks • The Heavy Pets •
Headtronics • Kung Fu • Zoogma • DrFameus • DJ Logic • Yarn • Yarn plays Dead set • Jennifer
Hartswick Band • Dopapod • KRAZ • Wyllys • The McLovins • Caravan of Thieves • Alan Evans
Trio • DAMN RIGHT! • The Indobox • Consider the Source • Jeff Bujak • On The Spot Trio • Timbre
Coup • The Alchemystics • lespecial • FiKus • ShwizZ • Twiddle • Turbine • Derek VanScoten
(D.V.S*) • Horizon Wireless • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong • The Folkadelics
Kyle Hollingsworth and Conscious Alliance present
With three consecutive sell-outs of his flagship event Kyle’s Brew Fest, Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, brings his charity beer festival and concert in Berkeley, CA, on Saturday, July 14th, at Shattuck Down Low, prior to The String Cheese Incident’s first of two consecutive concerts at The Greek Theatre later that evening, the Brew Fest will feature more than 10 breweries and 20 craft beers plus an exclusive performance from Kyle Hollingsworth with members of the Bay Area’s Hot Buttered Rum.
While Hollingsworth’s signature, nationally distributed, summer seasonal beer with Boulder Beer, Hoopla Pale Ale, doesn’t hit store shelves until July 23rd, it will be on hand for a 2012 sneak preview. Plus Hollingsworth teamed-up with Stone Brewing for a brew that will only be found at this festival. Additionally, ticket holders will have the opportunity to bid on rock memorabilia and more.
The best way to kick-off the weekend in the Bay Area with The String Cheese Incident will be with the legendary group’s keyboardist, members of Hot Buttered Rum, craft beer and many great surprises, all to benefit Conscious Alliance in feeding impoverished communities across the country.
Stay tuned to www.kylehollingsworth.com for more information.
Kyle’s Brew Fest
Sat July 14 | Shattuck Down Low | BERKELEY, CA
Details are as follows:
Saturday, July 14 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Shattuck Down Low (prior to The String Cheese Incident at The Greek Theatre)
2284 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Ages 21+ Welcome
Tickets $25.00 – All proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance
$25 Tickets include:
- Exclusive performance: Kyle Hollingsworth with members of Hot Buttered Rum
- Limited edition Kyle’s Brew Fest logo pint glass
- An opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction (which features rock memorabilia from the scene’s favorite artists, among other items)
Tickets are on sale at
The String Cheese Incident has just announced the lineup for Horning’s Hideout 2012! It’s an eclectic lineup featuring bluegrass, reggae, electronica, and of course CHEESE.
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS • SAM BUSH
IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK • EOTO • THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND • THE CONTRIBUTION
HONKYTONK HOMESLICE W/ KEITH “MOOSE” MOSELEY
THE MOTET • MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND
HAMSA LILA • THE SCOTT LAW REUNION BAND • JANOVER
LIZA’S GOGO LAB • DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS • LYNX
LOVE IN THE CIRCUS • POOR MAN’S WHISKEY
THE DRUNKEN HEARTS • VAGABOND OPERA • BANANA SLUG STRING BAND
PLUS A SILENT DISCO, YOGA, WORKSHOPS, FIRE DANCING SHOWS
AND TONS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Check out the official announcement here