Berries & JAM
Wild Woods 2014: A Dose of Funk
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 sun-streaked 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 away calories at the North Pole’s infamously...
Sounds Above the Clouds – Catskill Chill 2014
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 to include getting there. Most people associate New York with its big cities bursting with night life, cars, traffic, people, more cars, more traffic, more people; nothing like that....
Our Contemporary Folk Story: An Interview with Rising Appalachia’s Leah Song
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 Rising Appalachia movement. Abby: I am also from the Appalachian region in North Carolina, so I was wondering how you came up with the name Rising Appalachia? Leah: Yup everybody...
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Gonzo debrief from Phish, night two, at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco
  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 Moon > Poor Heart, Gumbo -> Sanity > Run Like an Antelope Set one came with a few realizations and so did I during that nasty Gumbo>Sanity>Run Like An Antelope. These are my notes. 1. Phans who buy...
Cold Is a State of Mind: Phases of the Moon 2014
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 say it was probably much sooner. I had some difficulty keeping our 1990 Volvo 240 in a straight line on I-74 W, attributing the effect to the uneven pavement of...
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