This is the Mobile Hotline for Electric Forest Withdrawals
The sky was dotted with clouds. The hammock rocked back and forth with a little help from the cool, pine-scented breeze that gave the body a break from the sun. For a moment, the breeze seemed to silence the massive structures that would soon undergo a light infested metamorphosis, as soon as the sun goes down, and there wasn’t a worry in the world. The sold out Electric Forest Music Festival successfully hosted yet another infinite amount of memories for millenials and baby boomers alike.
This particular Electric Forest Music Festival seemed to be a very close and intimate series of perfomances for long time host String Cheese Incident. They provided the most memorable moment and possibly the heaviest but most positive moment of the entire festival. If one takes into consideration that the conundrum with SFX and Double JJ Ranch could produce a significant amount of change for Electric Forest, maybe a change greater than or equal to the transition of Rothbury into Electric Forest, and for better or for worse, it made the vibe this year bittersweet.
With that said the most heart felt moment this year gave smiles, goosebumps, a lump in the throat, and tears in the eyes. Bill Nershi’s older brother and longtime Telluride resident J.R. Nershi passed away. On the last night of the festival, June 29th, Cheese dedicated Just Passing Through to Nershi’s brother. The love and light hung thick throughout the entire weekend but shined brightest on that night’s performance. The Nershi family has Sensible Reason’s love and condolences.
Cheese helped us celebrate life by bringing festival goers the best moment of the weekend. The Lauryn Hill Incident had enough soul in it to last us through the apocalypse. And if that wasn’t enough, the best true moment of the entire weekend was when Stephen Marley came out to play Jammin‘ by Bob Marley– another case of paying homage to loved ones in the musical community. It was a historical moment in music that can’t be replicated and could quite possibly never happen again. However the set is not available online presumably because of copyright issues. The Live Cheese website simply says “Unfortunately the Lauryn Hill Incident is not available for download. We have released the rest of this show at a discounted price.” But thankfully there is technology and the video can be seen below. The rest of the String Cheese sets are available here.
The Electric Forest late bloomer Umphrey’s Mcgee also provided two nights of pure extravaganza by kicking off with a mind spinning set that probably needs a map and a professional navigator in order to understand the progression of music that was delivered at a rapid rate. To take a quick glance at the first night’s set looks a little like this; Slacker>Dear Lord>Slacker; Ja Junk; then Hurt Bird Bath>Onward and Upward>Hurt Bird Bath>Come as Your Kids (which is the alternating chorus and melody of MGMT’s Kids and Nirvana’s Come as You Are).
The band was just about to release their album about two days after Electric Forest. It was prime time to show off their new licks in front of a home-town crowd in a beautiful setting that is practically Jake Cinninger’s backyard. They played most of the cuts from the new album Similar Skin including The Linear, Similar Skin, and Puppet String among many others. The sets from that weekend can be purchased here.
The electronic music at the festival was nothing short of spectacular. Honorable mentions go out to Tycho, Zoogma, Steve Angello, and Andy C. Tycho’s hybrid style that seems to land softly between STS9 and Lotus fit the Electric Forest vibe and due to scheduling conflicts with the Lauryn Hill Incident it was worth leaving early to catch the end of Tycho’s beautifully abstract set. Zoogma kept things boogying in the daytime heat but there is something that gives the impression that they will be seeing night slots at festivals very soon.
Steve Angello’s set was nothing short of extraordinary showmanship. If the continuous rise and fall of house beats and soaring melodies weren’t enough to get the feet moving then the 30 foot flames and confetti cannons had the final say and dictated physical participation. Andy C’s set was full of classics, that had unfortunately been played by dj’s during that weekend prior to his performance at the festival but that is the price to pay for being one of the godfathers of drum and bass. It was great to see so many dj’s pay homage but from a personal standpoint it kind of took the punch out of the original creator. Andy C is a great personality and Sensible Reason was graced with his presence for an interview at the festival. Check it out here.
Sensible Reason also had a photographer on site so be sure to live vicariously through us and check out the collection below and view the full album here. Now lets all do the Sherwood dance in hopes that it will grace us with another electrified experience next year.