4th Annual Suwannee Hulaween – Stringier Things
October 28th – 30th, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Brad Kuntz
It’s almost time for the 4th Suwannee Hulaween. The past three years Suwannee Hulaween has hosted some of the best music, scenery and good times many have experienced at a music festival. This year will no doubt be a grand time, with seven sets of The String Cheese Incident spread out over the three-day main event and a pre-party with EOTO on Thursday. Last year’s Hulaween attendance broke records at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, but this year, tickets are limited to only 20,000.
The art installations, live paintings and decorations that are scattered throughout the park seem to get better each year, the creativity is unsurpassed. 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 statues, swing sets, moving lights, mazes, and mouths to sit in and pose with, landscape art and much more.
The costume theme is “Stringier Things”, which will celebrate vintage 1980s supernatural horror / pop culture, inspired by the Netflix TV Show “Stranger Things”. We can’t wait to see what kind of creatively kooky costumes are on display!
String Cheese Incident Jams at the Portsmouth Pavilion
July 10, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins
Colorado sextet String Cheese Incident played 2 other worldly sets to more than 500 of their devoted followers Sunday night in Portsmouth, Va. For close to 3 hours (70 minute and 90 minute sets) babies in ear protective headphones to aging Deadheads danced and sang along to the bands brand of feel good music. Helped out in the second set by Yonder Mountain String Band who opened the show, the two bands appeared to be having as much fun on stage as the audience.
Restless Wind, Sometimes A River, Born On The Wrong Planet, Pygmy Pony, Stop Drop Roll, Could You Be Loved > Beautiful
Think Of What You’ve Done1 > Big Mon1, Blackberry Blossom1 > Son of a Preacher Man1, Rollover > Valley of the Jig, Sweet Spot, You’ve Got the World, Hotel Window > Rollover
1 with Yonder Mountain String Band
Set to take place July 8-10 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, the Inaugural Merryland Music Festival looks to carry on the long tradition of excellence of the All Good Festival which announced it would be retiring after last year’s edition.
Presented by All Good Presents, Merryland will feature seventeen bands over two days, that will take advantage of Merriweather’s new state of the art turntable stage and have no overlapping sets.
The festivities will get going Friday July 8 with a pair of kick-off concerts, Papadiso with ELM at Baltimore’s Ram Heads Live and the Soul Rebel’s with People’s Blues of Richmond at the 9:30 Club.
Day one at Merriweather will be headlined by two sets from the String Cheese Incident and also feature sets from Lotus, Stephen Marley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson, Tauk, Protojoe, and ELM. Day two will find Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals headling with Grace Potter, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Langhorne Slim, Nahko & the Medicine for the People, Pigeons Playing Ping-Pong, Turkuaz, and the Cris Jacobs Band rounding out the rest of the day. There will also be a very special late-night show July 9 at the 9:30 Club hosted by Kung Fu and Featuring Karl Denson along with many special guests.
Doors will open each day at noon with the first set of music getting going at 1:00pm and wrapping up at 11:00pm. Weekend and single day tickets can be purchased here.
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
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!
The festival is geared to create a conscious awareness and express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature. Along with four unique outdoor stages there is also the Sanctuary, an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation where tired bodies can receive massages, energy work, sound healing, yoga, qi-gong, meditation and a variety of workshops and presentations. Art is also a major component of the festival from large interactive sculpture to live art there will be several exhibits to intoxicate your senses. The organic festival will also offer a food court that will feature farm to table offerings and an organic farmers market as well as craft beer.
There are several special treats on the lineup, the Jeff Austin Band will be playing during the festival as well as a special late night VIP set of Jeff Austin & Friends. Cornmeal in the Kitchen also will be playing an additional set late night, the Cornmeal Ramble.
Cornmeal in the Kitchen
There will be several interactive activities from costume themed nights (Friday night is space jam & Saturday night power of purple) to coolest campsite contests where contestants will be entered in a chance to win tickets to next years POTM festival. Tickets for the festival are available at the gate and HERE.
2013 Forecastle Music Festival
Waterfront Park Louisville, KY July 12, 2013
Billy Nershi from The String Cheese Incident
Forecastle FestivalÂ set sail on Friday, July 12 in downtown Louisville, Kentucky with festival founder JK McKnight and partner Ashley Capps, one of the founders of Bonnaroo, at the wheel steering us towards new musical exploration.
Oriental Theatre Denver, Colorado May 18, 2013
One never knows what to expect with the Matt Butler led Everyone Orchestra, an ever-changing variety of some of music’s finest that has likely already been at a festival near you; each year he is tasked with assembling a cast of players for All Good Festival’s annual Rex Jam, a benefit for the Rex Foundation.
If you are still unsure, think “madman, top hat, dry erase board and random talent being directed by said madman on said dry erase board.”
Indeed at first site it appears that what Butler has managed to do is pull off the title of “successfully traveling musician with the lightest load-in ever” for over a decade. In effect, he has. But along the way, his knack for being fully willing to fall on his face coupled with an obvious sense for where to go next, has resulted in him hosting notables from virtually every standard bearer on the circuit and in the meantime, raise money and spread the message for and of worthy environmental causes.
This night would be no different when bluegrass heavyweights – guitarist Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), violinist Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dobro ninja Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) – and members of some of Colorado’s finest musical exports took the stage before a sold-out crowd at Denver’s Oriental Theatre.
Honest Tune’sBrad Hodge was on the scene to bring back images from the action.
Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Hodge
(see below the gallery for the evening’s full cast and audio)
Cast:Matt Butler- Conductor, Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Dave Watts (The Motet), Jans Ingber (The Motet), Kai Eckhardt (Garaj Mahal) special guests Tanya Shylock and Bill McKay
Electric Forest has announced its intial 2013 artist lineup. Returning to the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan on June 27- June 30, live music pioneers The String Cheese Incident (3 performances), Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Knife Party and Dispatch will top the bill at Electric Forest 2013. Also on the bill are Benny Benassi, Yeasayer, A-Trak, Grimes, Railroad Earth, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, FEMI KUTI & The Positive Force, Madeon, Headhunterz, Baauer, Danny Brown, Greensky Bluegrass and many more. The complete list of just announced performers is included below.
Electric Forest Weekend Tickets and GOOD LIFE VIP Packages are available now at www.electricforestfestival.com (Loyalty Tickets, Early Bird Tickets, and Electric Entry Ticket price-levels are SOLD OUT).
Also in 2013, Electric Forest’s unrivaled GOOD LIFE VIP experience promises even more stellar amenities and perks. From camping and RV spots, to log cabins and homes, to resort hotel-style suites â€“ all located directly on the festival grounds â€“ The GOOD LIFE has something for all budgets and tastes. The festival’s exclusive site – hailed as “THE best place to hold a music festival” (Magnetic Magazine) – offers trails, forests, fields, lakes and beachfronts, and even on-site bars and eateries. In addition, Electric Forest patrons can take advantage of the resort’s many amenities including a 60,000 square foot indoor water park, an 18-hole championship golf course, swimming pools, horseback riding, and more.
Visit www.electricforestfestival.com for GOOD LIFE options and details.
Electric Forest returns in 2013 with new and expanded philanthropic efforts. The festival’s annual Food Drive, hosted each year in partnership with not-for-profit organization Conscious Alliance, was renamed the Roy Price Memorial Food Drive in 2012 to honor cherished Electric Forest neighbor and huge Food Drive supporter, the late Mr. Roy Price. Each year Electric Forest patrons are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, and are thanked with an exclusive Electric Forest Food Drive poster. To date, Electric Forest has collected and distributed over 17,200 lbs. of food to local communities in need.
Also returning is the Electric Forest Music In Schools Program, where EF partners with local public schools Shelby High School and Montague High School and Middle School to help support music education. In addition to donating much-needed funds (in 2012 the Music In Schools Program donated $10,000.00), each year young musicians from these schools are invited to perform at the festival, providing them with a very exciting opportunity to be part of the show.
For ongoing updates: www.electricforestfestival.com
Electric Forest’s list of confirmed 2013 performers is as follows:
The String Cheese Incident
Empire of the Sun
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Kill the Noise
FEMI KUTI & The Positive Force
SuckerPunch ft. Marc and Aron of the Disco Biscuits, Jamie Shields of the New Deal,Â and Mike Greenfield of Lotus
Digital Tape Machine ft. Joel Cummins & Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee
Le Castle Vania
Jeff Austin & Friends
Pigs on the Wing ft. Murphy of STS9
The Pimps of Joytime
Nahko and Medicine For The People
Up Until Now
Samo Sound Boy
Cosby Sweater ft. Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
With more to be announcedâ€¦
Tickets on sale now at www.electricforestfestival.com and at 1-888- 512-SHOW (Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm CST).
Electric Forest is produced by Madison House Presents and Insomniac.
In advance of The String Cheese Incident’s summer tour dates, Billboard.com has the exclusive premiere of the devoutly DIY band’s first new studio recording in 7 years. In conjunction, the band released a video that gives a behind the scene look at the SCI community as well as a preview of what to look forward to at this summer’s Incidents.
Download or stream the new song, “Can’t Wait Another Day,” and watch the video below.Â
The summer run starts with 3 headlining shows at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, MI, headlining a diverse lineup with Bassnectar, Thievery Corporation,Girl Talk and many more artists, plus 3 nights at Red Rocks, The Greek Theater in LA and more. The band will also return to Horning’s Hideout in northern Oregon for the 7th edition of their intimate weekend festival, a beloved fan favorite that sold out in a matter of minutes.
Constantly evolving since forming in 1995, The String Cheese Incident fuses folk, bluegrass and Americana with everything from African rhythms and jazz to cutting-edge electronic music.
The band recently made headlines for their effort to provide fans with tickets to their shows minus fees, service charges, etc. that Ticketmaster and other sources charge fans. They did so by sending fans and friends to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles with $20,000 to purchase tickets to the show that will take place on 7/13/12. The tickets are now available through String Cheese Incident’s website directly to fans to avoid Ticketmaster fees. Read the NY Times story, that includes comments from the band regarding the reason behind the decision that cost them quite a bit of money, here: http://nyti.ms/JG58QY
iClips.net will broadcast a Pay-Per-View streaming series from the Red Rocks shows, a summer performance ritual for the band. They will donate a portion of the net proceeds to victims of the High Park Fire in Larimer County, CO.
Pricing for the Red Rocks streaming package: $7.99 pre-order for a single show, $12.99 on day of show for single shows, $14.99 pre-sale for the 3 night run which goes up to $19.99 on July 1st.
Visit http://livecheese.com to pre-order all SCI shows as MP3, FLAC, CD, etc and bundle them with the iClips webcasts at a special discounted rate.
6/28 – 7/1 – Electric Forest Festival – Rothbury, MI
7/5 – Red Rocks Ampitheatre – Morrison, CO
7/6 – Red Rocks Ampitheatre – Morrison, CO
7/7 – Red Rocks Ampitheatre – Morrison, CO
7/10 – Deer Valley Ampitheater – Park City, UT
7/12 – Pepsi Amphitheater – Flagstaff, AZ
7/13 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
7/14 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
7/15 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
7/19 – 7/22 – Horning’s Hideout – North Plains, OR
The String Cheese Incident announced their summer tour plans today. The complete list of shows is listed below. Tickets go on sale beginning March 6 through the bandâ€™s website, free of all ticket service fees.
Greetings from The String Cheese Incident Headquartersâ€¦.the management team has been hard at work, racking our brains to try and come up with a couple of new and creative ideas for the Barefoot Boys that will properly capture the feeling of excitement we all get when we look ahead to Summer 2012â€¦..we came up with a massive list of ideas that ranged from shooting Billy out of a cannon to having Kyle brew up a pool full of Summer Ale and inviting all of Boulder over for a swimâ€¦..unfortunately many of these ideas proved to either be prohibitively expensive, logistically impossible or just downright dumbâ€¦..however, we are pleased to report that we did come up with a couple that we wanted to share with everyone.
First, the most exciting thing we have seen sweep across the cultural landscape in the last couple of months has been the mania induced by New York Knick point guard Jeremy Linâ€¦.As Mr. Lin is often referred to by the global media as â€œthe Michael Kang of Basketballâ€ we felt that it was only fair for us to return the favor. Therefore, from this moment forth, the band will now be known as The String Cheese Lincidentâ€¦. Not only are we thrilled by the obvious media boost this will provide for the band but think of the merch possibilitiesâ€¦..Lincredible!!
The second idea we are going to roll out this summer is one that we have actually been working on for a very long time. Way back in the summer of 2003, the band filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ticketmaster. The basic gist of the lawsuit was that the band wanted to maintain the ability to sell a large amount of tickets directly to the fans with the intention of keeping the service charge as reasonable as possible. Some very pointed discussions took place, the issue was resolved and the band continued selling tickets as they had always done. Fast forward to today and pay attentionâ€¦..this is the exciting partâ€¦.The String Cheese Incident is proud to announce that we have figured out a way to finally achieve the ultimate goal with this whole ticketing exerciseâ€¦. The Summer Tour of 2012 will be SERVICE CHARGE FREE. Thatâ€™s rightâ€¦..if you order tix thru the bandâ€™s website there will be no service charge add-ons aside from shipping(which is out of our hands)â€¦.the ticket price that is listed is the price that you will pay. The band is going to cover the credit card feeâ€¦.the band is going to cover the cost to take the orders and fulfill the ticketsâ€¦..the cost of a $49.95 ticket to Red Rocks will cost you $49.95â€¦â€¦the cost of a $49.95 ticket to the Greek will cost you $49.95â€¦..a $239 ticket to Horningâ€™s will be $49.95â€¦just kidding, it will actually be $239â€¦.thatâ€™s itâ€¦.super simple. Weâ€™ve got a big batch of tix to sell but the supply is not limitlessâ€¦.get â€˜em while you canâ€¦..
As you will see below, the venues that the band will be visiting this summer have been chosen with lots of love and careâ€¦.they are all epic and we couldnâ€™t be more psyched to get out on the road.
SCI SUMMER 2012 DATES
Sat, May 19 Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL
Fri, June 29 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Sat, June 30 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Sun, July 1 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Thur, July 5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Fri, July 6 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Sat, July 7 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Tu, July 10 Deer Valley Amphitheater Park City, UT
Thur, July 12 Pepsi Amphitheater Flagstaff, AZ
Fri, July 13 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Sat, July 14 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
Sun, July 15 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA
Fri, July 20 Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR
Sat, July 21 Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR
Sun, July 22 Horning’s Hideout North Plains, OR