A Review of the Inaugural Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival August 8th – 10th, 2014 Page Farm – Croydon, NH Written by Mitch Smith At one point over the course of the weekend, I was standing in the midst of a crowd of crazy people—a bearded man in a full-on bear costume was meandering about (only his glasses and suspiciously tight dance moves giving him away); so was another man in a somewhat less convincing Bengal tiger get-up; somewhere was a Santa who seemed to have either been dieting or just boogieing down at the North Pole’s rowdy downtown club scene more than the Mrs. would approve of; there were bodies adorned in psychedelic color schemes, dready heads, long-hairs, and starry-eyed looks. I was in the midst of this crowd of dancing crazies, and Stop Tito Collective was at the head of this loony mass, crooning something like philosophy…

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A Review of the Inaugural Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival August 8th – 10th, 2014 Page Farm – Croydon, NH Written by Mitch Smith At one point over the course of the weekend, I was standing in the midst of a crowd of crazy people—a bearded man in a full-on bear costume was meandering about (only his glasses and suspiciously tight dance moves giving him away); so was another…

A Review of Catskill Chill Music and Arts Festival September 5th – 7th, 2014 Camp Minglewood – Hancock, NY Written by Damien “Ramblin’ Rick” Acevedo Aloha Festers! Here is my journey to Catskill Chill, pardon its quirkiness and maybe free-formed-flow. I dig my rambles.Getting there then coming back, most definitely; that’s what matters. Catskill Chill in Hankcock, New York was a rollercoaster – the experience and the drive, as well…

As Hulaween draws near and the excitement begins to build, I was thrilled to be able to interview the lovely Leah Song, of Rising Appalachia.  I have been continuously impressed by this sister duo’s raw talent, versatility, and heart-warming sound.  I was able to grab a bit of Leah’s time on a Friday afternoon for a phone interview.  After chatting briefly about their most recent tour, we began discussing the roots of the…

  It was early in the evening when I first noticed the icky stick to the floor upon my shoe. I wondered how I was supposed to dance in these conditions and hoped the crowd surrounding me would continue to spill their drinks; I’ll take slide over stick anytime when it comes to dancing on an auditorium floor.  Set 1: Crowd Control, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Wingsuit, Water in the Sky, Plasma, Halfway to the…

A Review of the Inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Kennekuk County Park – Danville, IL September 11th-14th, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac We got a flat tire 19 miles from Danville. It may have been sooner, really; in fact, I’d…

My heart swells as I prepare to head back to north Florida’s beautiful Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park and Campground. For the second year in a row The String Cheese Incident returns to this venue for their legendary Hulaween run.  Nestled in the heart of the Suwanee River Valley, the campgrounds truly are a sight for the dreamer’s eyes.   Spirit of the Suwanee is no stranger to amazing music.  They host multiple…

Lockn’ Music Festival 2014 Arrington, VA September 4th – 7th Written by Alex Kratzert “The whole thing is remembering, this is who we are. Remember who we are? We are in reality a group of misfits, crazy people, who have voluntarily come together to work this stuff out and do the best we can and try to be as fair as we possibly can with each other, and just struggle…

An Interview with Kyle Hollingsworth September 12th, 2014 Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Danville, IL I arrived slightly late to the press trailer and so, I would be the last to get an interview. It was going on five o’clock, and the first set of the String Cheese Incident was only a few short hours away. It was a long, chilly night for everyone, and it was…

B-Conscious

Wherever your festivities bring you today, I invite you to take a moment to consider the word ‘freedom’ and the role it has played in your life. Although the meaning of this expression has changed gigantically since it’s authorized inception the experience, through time, has granted many a similar opportunity. Be it the right to vote, marry the same sex, medicate with the use of cannabis, identify yourself as an individual of your own creation or simply just speak your mind; this word creates POWER. Not to be confused with the occasional corruption we see in government today, but instead the ability WE THE PEOPLE are capable of achieving- conquering the American Dream, whatever that means to you.

I began studying Horticulture in Charleston, SC about two years ago because I was becoming more and more aware of the atrocities of the government regulating the FDA. I also spent some time on a medical marijuana farm in California right before I went back to college and was inspired by the efforts of the land owners to use all available resources and cut back on utility cost and land…

As the season of rebirth blooms into full fruition, I can’t help but feel a need for new beginnings.  There is no denying this urge is physiologically derived, an echo of our innate, biological call to awaken the hibernating and bundled spirit from the winter’s cold into the newness of Spring.  This past snowy New Hampshire winter was strenuous on my physical and mental balance, so spring has entered with…

Interviews

So wait, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, how did that name manifest? Haha we’ve definitely gotten that question before. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is actually a real thing, not a random collection of P-words. B.F. Skinner, the behavioral psychologist, trained pigeons to peck a ball back-and-forth through operant conditioning… you can actually see a clip of this on YouTube, right above all of our YouTube videos. So back in college when…

BUNK: adj.  1) Substances duplicitously sold as illegal/illicit/recreational chemicals that do not produce the desired effect. 2) Illegal/illicit/recreational chemicals cut to such an extreme that their effect is severely reduced. (www.urbandictionary.com) Ahhhh Festival Season.  The perfect time to give your tent and sleeping bag some much needed appreciation, revel in your favorite musical acts together in one gorgeous natural setting, make new life-affirming friendships, and do other shit (largely in public)…

Musical entertainment has been around for almost all of human history, but the shows designed by V Squared Labs are really a thing of the future. By collaborating with music producers to build “mood boards” summarizing the theme of each show, Vello Virkhaus, the company’s founder, is able to construct reusable sets that tour with artists and accompany them onstage. Creating massive visual arrangements makes the concert-goer’s experience well worth…

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