Countdown to Catskill Chill 2015: Deep Cuts
Labor Day is behind us. Summertime has (unofficially) come and gone. My oh my. But there is one climactic summer tradition remaining, one last chance to dance trance perhaps. Catskill Chill has long been a festival season tail end staple, a cherry on top of a summer sundae if you will. As the anticipation reaches fever pitch, here are some slightly lesser known acts down at the bottom of the packed lineup that are worth seeking out.
The Primate Fiasco
This intrepid writer first stumbled across the ragtag band busking on the streets of Brooklyn in advance of a gig at the now-defunct Trash Bar. The group’s instrumentation suggests Dixieland marching band, but sets might range from Zeppelin to Beatles to barn stomping hootenanny funk. Good times are guaranteed. Catch them twice on Sunday — acoustic at The DC Stage at 4pm and electric in Club Chill at 9:45pm. Check out a sampling of their Acoustic Junction set at Catskill Chill 2013.
Okay, so the ShwiKus machine doesn’t exactly fall under the deep cuts descriptor at this point, but they’re still in small print at the bottom of the lineup, so roll with it. The two bands have been making Minglewood magic for years, hosting late night cabin jam sessions and producing heralded sets like last year’s ballyhooed P-Funk tribute. This year, the two bands will hold down Club Chill all Saturday afternoon, starting with a ShwizZ set at 2pm, followed by a FiKus set at 3:30pm, and wrapping up with both bands tackling the cheesiest metal and synthiest pop of the 1980s. Will it top last year’s extravaganza? You’ll just have to come find out for yourself.
Have you seen the Horizon? It ain’t surprising. It’s just an oasis. From Club Chill sets with live drummers to late night ice cream truck DJ sets, Horizon Wireless has been a Chill fixture, carefully constructing a mythology built around intergalactic sex and things of that nature. Come witness the amalgamation of deep house and live drum beats by Daniel S. Lyons of Solaris for yourself at The DC Stage at 11pm on both Friday and Saturday. Check out the duo’s set from Camp Bisco.
One thing that could be in longer supply at Catskill Chill is DJs that veer from the standard festival DJ blend of disco, funk and soul. Brooklyn dance party aficionado Speakerbot is the closest the festival has to a foot in the NYC late night club scene. The longtime Chill representative of oft-eschewed genres in hippiedom, Speakerbot should get a little weird at the DC Stage 12:30am Friday and 9:30pm Saturday with a blend of tech house, house house, disco house, out house and hot house, with perhaps a splash of disco, funk and soul. Check out a sampling below.
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