Countdown to Catskill Chill 2015: We Are Family
Believe it or not, a mere 19 days stand between now and the unbridled glory that is Catskill Chill. This year’s edition will be a bittersweet farewell to Camp Minglewood, the only home that the affectionately dubbed ChillFam has ever known. Greener pastures surely lie ahead, but the Minglewood magic will never be forgotten, and to send itself out in fashion, the festival has enlisted a few trusty ChillFam veteran players.
Perhaps the Chillest of ChillFam, Particle has participated in all 5 previous incarnations of the festival and earned the honor of closing out the Minglewood main stage with some as-yet-to-be-determined cohorts that may very well be sourced from the list below. Since bursting onto the scene with a highly regarded Bonnaroo late night set back at that festival’s debut in 2002, Particle has endured several lineup changes while never relenting in its pursuit of the groove. Whether delivering a funky afternoon dance party or a shredding late night ragerama, Particle always delivers at the Chill. This year should be an extra special set of epic proportions. Check out their stellar late noon set from last year.
Legend has it that the quintessential New York funk collective copped its moniker by begging to “let us” borrow instruments to blow minds on the Boston club circuit back in the early ’90s. Lettuce has come quite a way since then, spawning Soulive and the extended Royal Family and continuing to bring the unadulterated funk to stages across the nation. The band seems to reach an even higher energetic plateau at Catskill Chill, playing extended sets and having just as much fun as the rest of us, if not more.
Though only in its second year at the Chill, the core of Electron (Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits and Mike Greenfield of Lotus) have also been festival staples in their Conspirator configuration. Electron swaps out RAQ’s Chris Michetti for Brothers Past’s Tom Hamilton, himself no stranger to Camp Minglewood, having performed the festival with American Babies in addition to the aforementioned acts. Perhaps the best Biscuits side project, Electron taps into Brownie’s songbook for crowd faves like “Confrontation” and “Home Again” and sprinkles in hits from the likes of Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, whose drummer tapped Magner and Hamilton for his latest band, Billy & The Kids. Check out Electron’s set from last year, by many accounts one of the best of the fest.
These reliable purveyors of electronic-tinged jam rock are on their 3rd Chill now. Seemingly always slotted simultaneously with a Grateful Dead tribute, that should not be an issue this year, as only one such tribute is scheduled. Lotus always brings a high energy set that can quickly veer from crystal crunch grooves to heavy metal swagger to beep boop beats in a matter of minutes. Check out the magic that went down the last time the other Philadelphia jamtronica heroes graced Minglewood with their presence.
Consider the Source
The virtuoso musicians in Consider the Source utilize their considerable talent to create a mystical blend of Middle Eastern Sci-Fi Prog Metal Jazz Fusion that incorporates various elements of international instrumentals and pop cultural ephemera. The group single-handedly launched the popular Acoustic Junction stage before it was even listed on the official schedule. Lucky were the fans who stumbled upon the first ever CtS acoustic set nestled under the weeping willows betwixt the cabins. From ethereal whispered melodies to mind-blowing heavy fret board workouts, the band is sure to recruit a few new Sourcerors next month. Check out a bit of their inaugural acoustic set, one of the better moments in Chill history.
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