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2015 Ghoul Train Hulaween

2015 Ghoul Train Hulaween

Spirit of the Suwannee

Live Oaks, Florida

Photographer: Brad Kuntz

Writer: James Kastriches


If your Halloween wasn’t spent at Suwannee this year, you really missed out, the third annual Hulaween, in Live Oak, Florida was by far the best Hulaween to date, a complete success in every way. This year the festival topped all other festival attendance at the park to date breaching 21,000 freaky people!




The weather was breathtaking, compared to last year’s bone chilling nights, cloudy but in the upper 70’s for the duration of the weekend.  It actually was a bit too humid during the day the 2nd half of the weekend but bearable.


The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassable. Spirit Lake is a treat in itself with the spectacular light show that lasts all night long, casting patterns of color onto the tall cypress trees and the long tangles of dangling Spanish moss and the adult playground in a Spirit lake area with its own stage, fire dancers, fire statures, swing sets, moving lights, mazes and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.




This year’s lineup was stacked, capable to suit all. Bluegrass, EDM, Jam rock, whatever you wanted, was only a stage away, at most times. With headliners String Cheese Incident (of course..7 sets), Railroad Earth, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Slightly Stoopid, Lettuce, Elephant Revival, Papadosio, etc.


The Thursday night pre-party included 5 bands on the amphitheater stage.  A relatively light crowd compared to the weekend, making a slightly more intimate setting. EOTO really got the party started, the duo made up of Jason Hann and Michael Travis of SCI, the dynamic drummer/percussion duo, paying their version of electronic jam.




Dumpstaphunk donned costumes and had an epic cover of Ramble On.  Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, arguably the best touring Grateful Dead “cover band” with an all-star cast super group of musicians, playing their own twist of Dead tunes, belted out a spectacular  Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Eyes Of The World (TH) -> The Music Never Stopped -> Jam # -> The Music Never Stopped Reprise +-> Jam $ -> Help On The Way (TH) -> Myxomatosis Jam %+ -> Slipknot! -> China Cat Sunflower Jam +-> Jam ^ -> China Cat Sunflower to end the evening around camp fires, guitars and Spirit lake and stars.



Friday got started on the Main stage with Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds followed by Railroad Earth and then The String Cheese Incident.  After just finishing up fall tour, The String Cheese Incident are absolutely on top of their game, pulling out rare treats, musicianship is top notch.  Cheese started off Friday with ‘Song in my head’, followed by ‘Can’t wait another day’. Tim Carbone and Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth sat in for ‘Sometimes a River’, a song Keith Moseley and Todd Sheaffer co-wrote in 2005 in Colorado.  It was clear the barefoot boys wanted to get those songs out of the way and get straight to the jam. The rarely played ‘Indian Creek’ had an appearance, as well as Kang’s rendition of the old tune, ‘red haired boy’: ‘Valley of the Jig’. ‘Round the wheel’ had some really psychedelic elements in the middle of the song that were really unique, as a huge fan, it’s most definitely my favorite version that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing.  ‘On the road’ also had some killer jams added to its usual sound.



The second set started out strong with a funky ‘Colliding’. This set was packed full of fan favorites such as, ‘Restless Wind’, Joyful Sound, Mouna Bowa. Shantytown was a favorite of the night, for obvious reasons, it’s such a fitting song for Suwannee.  We got a Zeppelin cover for the encore, ‘Ramble On’, an excellent way to end the first incident. 



Primus and Pretty Lights closed out the night at the Amphitheater and Main stages, the grounds were peaking out, it was nearly overflowing onto the pavement at Primus and hard to see much if you didn’t get there early.  Likewise at Pretty lights the field was completely packed like never before at this venue from stage to vendors and very difficult to traverse once it packed it.  Both sets were amazing and full of energy.  Primus played classics including Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver, American Life, My Name is Mud and Jerry was a Racecar Driver.  Pretty Lights had a lot of very nice lights and tons of energy from the crowd.  There was no stopping the tall flags and polls in the crowd at this show even though they were supposedly banned at this years festival.  Jon Stickley and Friends played on the Spirit lake Stage until 4am, a great performance to close out the live music




Saturday Halloween..

Bluegrass started the day off at the main stage, first with the Jon Stickley trio beginning the dat as it had ended the night before.  The the Sam Bush Band.  With a Slightly Stupid detour to the Amphitheater Stage, it was SCI again for an epic Hulaween three set stand at the main stage.   ‘Dudleys Kitchen’ (classic cheese instrumental) started things off and got everyone moving! The favorite from the first set was “XAI”, formerly known as “Skat”, another instrumental jam, with Kang heavy on the fiddle. Only the 3rd time played all tour, and only the 3rd time played in the last 10 years!  Such a welcomed appearance. A first set ‘Rivertrance’ was also a nice Halloween treat. Michael Kang told us before walking off stage for a brief intermission, “I hope yall are wearing your fucking bell bottoms!”




Set 2, (the Halloween set), was a straight up disco, it was simply incredible. The boys came out dressed in their late 70’s-early 80’s attire, Afros and all. Along with a horn section and people professional dancers dancing on each side of the stage with RZA (from Wutang) as emcee. The crowd went nuts as the 1977 classic ‘Brick House’ began. The whole set was all songs from the disco era, that everyone whose anyone is familiar with, ‘Carwash’, ‘Dance to the music’, ‘Got to be real’, ‘I’m your boogie man’ a much different Halloween set than we’re used to seeing.




Set 3 began with the fiddle tune “Bollymunster”, waking everyone back up from the set break and it was all Gouda from there, ‘Desert Dawn’, ‘Best feeling’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Rosie’ this set was a heater. The encore was special, a ‘Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’ followed by ‘We are family’




We closed the night with a set from the New Mastersounds at the Spirit lake Stage.



Sunday Last Day

Following a main stage opener Sunday morning from Elephant Revival, Billy Nershi announced to us that they were feeling “A little rough around the edges” as they took the stage on Sunday afternoon, and that this was the “hangover set.” But it was in every way one of the favorite parts of the festival, since it was a bluegrass hoedown! With guests Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Elephant revival on nearly every song on the first set. The set list was out of this world, for a die-hard cheeser. Opening with a stellar version of a Flatt & Scruggs cover ‘Blue Ridge Cabin Home’.

‘Lester had a Coconut’ was dusted off, and it sounded great. It’s been years since they’ve pulled that one out of the bag. The hangover set was literally full of bluegrass favorites, ‘Catfish John’, 9 pound hammer’, ‘Will the circle be unbroken’.



They wrapped up their last set with a smaller but killer set, ‘Little Hands’, ‘Outside and Inside’, followed by ‘Windy Mountain’, ‘Bumpin Reel’ and ‘Colorado Bluebird Sky’, with a Bob Marley cover/encore ‘Could you be loved’. A perfect way to close their final act.


Lettuce played an stellar set at the amphitheater stage with some new songs off their latest album.


STS9 closed out the main stage as they had a the first Suwanee Hulaween three years before.  With a new female bass player  Alana Rocklin  and Zach Velmer the drummer (arguably the hardest working band member and musician in general) along with tons of crowd energy and crazy awesome light show, played jam based electronic jam.  Starting off with a favorite ‘Vapors’ and ‘Inspire Strikes Back’ and closing with ‘World Go Round’ and ‘Instantly’, the only thing wrong was it was just barely a warm up.



Once again, this was the best festival put on a Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and in a dead heat for best festival on land these days.  We will all be back next year!

Primus & the Chocolate Factory – Pittsburgh, PA

Primus and the Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble

Stage AE

Pittsburgh, PA

April 14, 2015

Set 1: Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers, Groundhog’s Day, American Life, Over the Falls, Lee Van Cleef, The Toys go Winding Down, My Name is Mud, Jerry Was a Race Car Driver

Set 2: Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
Hello Wonkites, The Candy Man Can*, Cheer Up Charlie*, Golden Ticket, Lermaninoff, Pure Imagination*, Oompa Augustus, Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride, Oompa Violet, I Want It Now*, Oopa Veruca, Wonkamobile Wankavision*, Oompa TV, Farewell Wonkites,

Encore: Wyona’s Big Brown Beaver, Southbound Pachydrerm, Here Come the Bastards

*Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover

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Primus and the Chocolate Factory, with the Fungi Ensemble Album & Fall Tour

primusPrimus and the Chocolate Factory will hit the road this Fall with a 2 set “evening with” show in support of their new record, Primus and The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, which will be released On ATO Records October 21st. . The tour will start at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia on Oct 22nd, then makes its way through the Northeast with stops in Boston, Burlington and Waterbury, CT and on Halloween Primus will make it’s first appearance at New York City’s infamous Beacon Theatre. The Chocolate Factory tour will swing though the midwest, returning to such favorite venues as the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis and the Fillmore in Detroit before heading down south to play Atlanta, Orlando, Miami and Clearwater After a run through Texas including a stop in San Antonio the tour will end on November 21st in Los Angeles, CA.


Date City Venue Featuring Tix
Oct 22 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre An Evening With BUY TICKETS

Oct 24 Albany, NY Palace Theatre An Evening With BUY TICKETS

Oct 25 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre An Evening With BUY TICKETS
Oct 26 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing An Evening With
Oct 28 Waterbury, CT Palace Theatre An Evening With
Oct 29 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome An Evening With
Oct 31 New York, NY Beacon Theatre An Evening With
Nov 1 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre An Evening With
Nov 2 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory An Evening With
Nov 3 Detroit, MI The Fillmore An Evening With
Nov 5 St Louis, MO Peabody Opera House An Evening With
Nov 7 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre An Evening With
Nov 8 Atlanta ,GA Tabernacle An Evening With
Nov 9 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live An Evening With
Nov 11 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall An Evening With
Nov 14 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino An Evening With
Nov 15 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater An Evening With
Nov 16 Dallas, TX The Majestic Theatre An Evening With
Nov 17 San Antonia, TX The Majestic Theatre An Evening With
Nov 19 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre An Evening With
Nov 21 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre An Evening With

Primus and the Chocolate Factory – New Years Eve

nye_willy_wonkaPrimus will play the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA, New Years Eve this year.  This special show will feature the return of Tim “Herb” Alexander playing with Les and Larry for the first time since 2008’s Outside Lands Music Festival. In addition to a full night’s worth of Les, Larry, and Tim, Primus will be joined by the Frog Brigade Ensemble for a psychedelic and whimsical journey through the music of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This promises to be a Primus show like you’ve never seen before.



Pre-sale starts on Thursday morning at 10am and everyone who orders tickets through the Primus pre-sale will be eligible to win one of 5 Golden Tickets which would allow the winner a signed poster, event T-shirt, a bucketful of candy and a tour of Primus’s backstage (with a guest) on New Years Eve.



Pre-sale for tickets starts Thursday October 17 at 10am. You can purchase tickets here http://primusville.com/tickets/


Primus 2013 Spring 3D Tour


Primus will take its one of kind psychedelic 3D experience on tour for one more round this spring. The 3D portion of the tour starts off in Eureka, CA on May 10th and makes stops along the way through the Idaho, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. After 3 dates in Southern California, the tour heads up through Oregon on our way to the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge on May 26th. This 3D festival date Primus joins great bands Mumford and Sons, Postal Service, and Tame Imapla to name a few. After a trip through western Canada, Primus heads toward Chicago for a date at the Riviera theater in Chicago on June 2nd. We’ll also play a 2 night stand in Toronto at the intimate Danforth Music Hall.

Primus will play a few non 3D shows along the way as part of the inaugural Bottle Rock Music Festival in Napa, CA, Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY and a free show to end the tour on June 9th as part of Niagara River Rocks.


Mar 8 New Orleans, LA Buku Music + Art Project
Mar 11 Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio BlackBerry
Mar 12 Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio BlackBerry
Mar 13 Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio BlackBerry
May 9 Napa,  CA Bottle Rock Festiva l
May 10 Eureka, CA Eureka Municipal Auditorium
May 12 Garden City, ID Revolution Concert Center
May 13 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
May 14 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium
May 16 Colorado Springs, CO City Auditorium
May 17 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Convention Center
May 18 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theartre
May 19 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
May 21 Ventura, CA Majestic Theater
May 22 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theater
May 24 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 25 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre
May 26 The Gorge Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival 
May 28 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud.
May 29 Calgary, AB McEwan Hall
May 31 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theater
June 1 St. Paul, MN Myth
June 2 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
June 6 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam Festival
June 7 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
June 8 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
June 9 North Tonawanda, NY Niagara River Rocks Free Show



Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang heads east, Primus dates

les claypoolLes Claypool’s Duo De Twang heads east for a week of shows starting on April 18th in Atlanta, GA at Terminal West. The tour includes stops in the Southeast at the Wanee Festival in Florida and the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA. The tour makes 2 stops in North Carolina before heading up North for dates in Philadelphia, DC and finishing in New York City at the Gramercy Theater.
Tickets are on sale Friday Feb 22 at 10AM.

Primus will set out to play Mexico for the first time in its history with two nights at the Auditorio BlackBerry in Mexico City on March 11 & 12. Ticket are on sale now. Primus has also been added to the Mountain Music Jam in Hunter Mountain, NY, June 6-9, 2013.

Duo de Twang dates:

Mar-20 San Rafael, CA Terrapin Crossroads  
Mar-22 Los Angeles, CA The Troubador 
Mar-23 Pioneertown, CA Pappy and Harriett’s 
Mar-24 Phoenix, AZ McDowell Mountain Musicfest 
Apr-18 Atlanta, GA Terminal West 
Apr-19 Live Oak, FL Wanee Music Festival 
Apr-20 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre 
Apr-22 Saxapahaw, NC Haw River Balroom 
Apr-23 Asheville, NC Orange Peel 
Apr-26 Philadelphia, PATLA 
Apr-27 Washington, DC The Hamilton 
Apr-28 New York, NY The Gramercy

Primus dates:

Mar 8 New Orleans, NO Buku Music + Art Project 
Mar 11 Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio BlackBerry 
Mar 12Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio BlackBerry  
Mar-13 Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio BlackBerry 
May 9 Napa, CA Bottle Rock Festival 
May 24-27 The Gorge Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival 
June 6-9 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam Festival


Primus go 3D for fall tour


Primus is excited to announce a unique 3D tour this fall, featuring two sets per evening. Being that this is the first-ever traveling 3D-enhanced live musical performance, this groundbreaking tour is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind psychedelic experience, further enhanced by the fact that every show will also feature Quad Surround Sound. More details and full tour dates will be announced on Monday, July 30th. Before the tour kicks off, Primus will be headlining Gathering of the Vibes festival in Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT, this Saturday, July 21st. (Something that Vibes founder Ken Hays seemed quite pleased about when sitting down with Honest Tune‘s Pete Mason a couple of weeks ago)

Recently, Primus released the video for “Lee Van Cleef,” premiered via TeamCoco.com. Primus also debuted the video for the single “Tragedy’s a’ Comin'”, which premiered on IFC.com in a three-part series (part 1, part 2, part 3).

Primus’ latest album, Green Naugahyde, (read the Honest Tune review here) was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup.

Green Naugahyde expands on Primus’ incomparable sound and also sees them bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that, like all of the band’s output, is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness. For the past 27 years, Primus have followed in the footsteps of boundary-pushing artists like Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd to create some of the most original and inventive music in existence.

Green Naugahyde is a Primus record with all of the magic and mystery that phrase entails-and while no one can say for sure what the future will hold in store for the band, the most important thing is that the album exists and will inevitably hold its own in the band’s impressive cannon of music.




Primus : Green Naugahyde


Primus – one of the greatest cult bands of all time – is making a triumphant return with a new album, 11 long years since 1999’s Antipop. It is a monumental occasion, but two immediate concerns for this fan were: “How will Primus sound with Jay ‘Jaski’ Lane back on drums?” and “Is this going to end up sounding like Sausage, or a Les Claypool solo record featuring Larry ‘Ler’ LaLonde and Jayski?” The following will answer these questions, and give you some insight into what the hell Green Naugahyde is all about.

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A Recipe For Cosmic Flan: Les Claypool Skewers Jam Bands With a New Mockumentary

Les ClaypoolLes Claypool has made his career by pulling rabbits out of hats, coaxing magic and surprise not only from his pen and his bass, but from his career choices. That career has included various incarnations of his band Primus, his foray into the jam band world as Colonel Claypool and His Flying Frog Brigade and last year as a novelist. Through his music, with Primus and as a solo artist, his songs have been populated with various, vividly-drawn characters. His live performances have always been propelled by a strong visual sense on stage. His creative output has been varied and unusual, but Claypool says he has always been inspired by filmmakers. So it should come as no real surprise that Claypool has now expanded his creative palette to include film.  It should come as less of a surprise that the result is hilarious.
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