LIFT Festival Primer
In its seminal year, the LIFT Festival at Whaleback Mountain in the middle of New Hampshire’s Ski Country looks to become one of the foremost Spring Northeastern festivals. With a lineup featuring Ghostland Observatory, Conspirator, Orchard Lounge and many more, the lineup is incredibly strong for its inaugural year. The two-day festival has the distinction of being on an active ski-slope and features slope-side music along with winter sports. Profiled below are two of our favorite bands hitting the stage at LIFT:
Lettuce, one of the funkiest bands ever assembled, brings their seven-piece supergroup to the mountain. Featuring Eric Krasno and Neil Evans of Soulive along with Adam Deitch on Drums, Erick “E.D.” Coomes on Bass, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Sam Kininger, Ryan Zoidis, and Nigel Hall the band creates some of the funkiest songs since Sly and the Family Stone or Funkadelic. Their two studio efforts, Rage! and Outta Here, are mostly instrumental masterpieces. The albums combine virtuosic playing to go along with a sense of restraint out of the incredibly talented Krasno. While in the studio he may hold back, during live shows, he breaks free, showing off the true guitar fireworks along with “Shmeeans” to create truly memorable and bombastic performances. Their influences range from James Brown to Tower of Power, and every brand of funk music in between. With all of the members performing in so many other configurations and bands, this relatively rare chance to see this band should not be missed at LIFT.
Coming together to create a unique brand of Electronic music, the all-star tandem of Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee come to LIFT for what should be one of the most eagerly anticipated sets of the weekend. Coming off the release of their latest EP, Monolith Code, free on Pretty Lights Music, Break Science has a large amount of momentum in the early portion of 2012. The duo’s music features elements from a plethora of different styles including strong Hip Hop, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, and Trip Hop. The band’s live shows are incredibly electrifying due to their use of live instruments with Deitch playing the live drums, to go along with Lee’s use of analog synths and live keyboards. This is a breath of fresh-air in a genre with a reliance on pre-recorded samples and digital instruments. Fresh off the release of the new EP, LIFT appears to be one of the first stops on their tour with appearances at other festivals later on in the Spring. Break Science’s set looks to be one of the best sets of the weekend and are an absolute can’t miss for any fan of live electronic music.
Overall, this event looks to be one of the unique experiences with their combination of skiing and slope-side music, this new festival looks to become a mainstay of the spring festival season. With it being only 2 hours from Boston and an hour and a half from Burlington and only 5 hours from New York City, this festival looks to be one of the preeminent festivals in the North East. Tickets for this great event are $150 for a 2-day music and ski pass and $115 for 2-day music passes and can be found here. Be sure to check out the two bands listed above as well as the more than 15 other bands playing throughout the course of the weekend.