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Jam Central Station: Electric Forest 2017 – Weekend 1

July 15, 2017 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski

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There are so many different taglines that you can add to the Electric Forest Festival, and none of them quite capture the spirit of the event. “Where Jam and EDM Collide” partially captures the divergent musical threads, but doesn’t encapsulate the rest of what the festival brings to the table. “The Forest Is Calling” brings to mind Sherwood, but not the cast of characters from the festival or the tremendous musical diversity. Others that I have heard include “Get Funked Up,” “Shit’s About To Get Weird” and, my personal favorite when walking by the bathrooms late at night, “Electric Forest: Eat Your F***ing Fiber Kids!” However, the most fitting tagline I can think of for Electric Forest is “Where Magic Happens.”

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Electric Forest is, in my opinion, the Disneyworld of music festivals, in all the right ways. The insane attention to detail. The knowledge that surprises lurk around every corner. The work that the festival puts in to make the event about so much more than simply music. And, most importantly, the ability to completely get immersed in the environment. Electric Forest doesn’t go halfway with anything. They start with an idea and then look for ways to add magic to that idea. Hidden stages, unannounced comedy shows, a speakeasy, and so many hidden gems that you wouldn’t discover all of them even after 2 weekends in the forest. The festival creates joy every time someone turns a corner or wanders off the beaten path and discovers something new. This is the magic of Electric Forest.

The 2017 version of Electric Forest threw many new wrinkles into the event. There would be 2 full weekends rather than just 1, with many different bands, different schedules, and other tweaks to give each weekend its own unique flavor. Instead of the standard 3 nights/6 sets of The String Cheese Incident, SCI only played 2 nights each weekend. Bassnectar would play on Saturday one weekend, Sunday on the second. And, for the first time in a long time, weather looked to potentially play a major role at the fest. However, despite these changes, and despite some mud on my feet, Weekend 1 of Electric Forest (sadly I was unable to attend Weekend 2 as well) ended up being as magical as every trip to the Forest has ever been.

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Wednesday night and Thursday morning brought plenty of rain to the venue. The festival delayed the opening of the gates, but, with the amount of rain that fell right before gates opened, there was no way to avoid the mud and standing water. The opening was pushed back to 3:00, and the music was pushed back slightly to allow fans to get into the venue. Musically, however, Thursday was less of a warm-up day and more of a “light a firecracker under your ass” day. The Ranch Arena stage was hot from the beginning. Con Brio kicked things off with a hot funk set. I wasn’t familiar with their music but they earned their spot on stage on Thursday. Frontman Ziek McCarter worked the crowd at the Ranch, and the band hit some solid funk rock. They led well into the New Orleans influenced music of The Revivalists. I’ve been waiting a long time to see this band, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. They’ve been moving into the mainstream while sticking to their New Orleans roots, and that showed with a variety of catchy hooks, funky riffs, and a guest appearance from a couple members of Con Brio for a take on Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”

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The String Cheese Incident is the biggest jam band draw on the festival, and it was a new experience having them play a Thursday set at the Forest. Given the fact that they were only playing 2 nights, it seemed like they wanted to fit a lot of different things into this first night. The result was a show that was high on fun jamming but didn’t have a big coherent theme or huge climax. They opened with a very solid “Rollover” that included a hot jam. I thought they might move into something else without completing the song a lot Rothbury ’09, but instead they moved back into the closing chorus. The segues started at this point as they went right into “One Step Closer” and “Rhum ‘N’ Zouc.” Drummers Jason Hann and Michael Travis switched spots for the next two songs, a segue of “You’ve Got The World” into the Keith Mosely-penned “Sweet Spot.” Jason adds a different feel when he’s behind the kit rather than on percussion, utilizing cymbals more often and playing with a looser feel than the driving metronome force of Travis. The drummers resumed their normal spots for “Searching” which segued into an excellent drum battle between Jason and Travis that really peaked the energy of the first set. Kang finished the first set by stepping up to the mic for “Colliding” with a fun cover of “Moves Like Jagger” thrown into the middle. Cheese is always great at throwing in interesting mainstream tunes into their sets, and this one was a great little dance interlude.

The second set was sadly a little short with the looming concern that weather might make the band get off stage earlier than expected. Luckily the lightning held off and the crowd had no problems dancing through the light rain. Keith again took to the mic to lead “Joyful Sound” into a “Rumble.” From there the band embraced the rain with “Water” which moved into “Bumpin’ Reel,” their most electronic jam of the weekend. After a brief concern that the band would have to cut the set early, they were given the all clear and moved ahead into “Piece of Mine,” one of my favorite Kyle tunes, and closed the main set with “Beautiful.” It looked like the weather would then prohibit an encore, but after a delay the band came out and closed with “Miss Brown’s Teahouse” and a surprise version of “Sympathy for the Devil.” “Sympathy” is one of my favorite Rolling Stones tunes, in no small part due to the persistent percussion beat leading the song, and the band did an excellent job replicating that feel here.

From the Ranch it was time to head to the back of the venue. We moved through Sherwood Forest without doing much exploring, saving that for another day. Instead, we left the Forest, slogged through some mud, and ended up in the Hangar to catch Kamasi Washington. His 2016 set was a jazz-fueled journey, and his 2017 set lived up to that standard with excellent melodic moments and funky ventures that occasionally were held together through the sheer will of the two drummers on stage. Washington’s band was top notch and included his father on (I believe) alto sax as well as Robert Searight from Snarky Puppy on drums. The night closed with an Everyone Orchestra led by Matt Butler that included Jason Hann on drums, Kyle Hollingsworth on keys, George Gekas and Aaron Aaron Stinson from The Revivalists on bass and sax, Jeremy Schon from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on guitar, Joe Hertler, Bob Ingraham and Ryan Hoger from The Rainbow Seakers, and Nick Baum from Eminence Ensemble. This led to a series of improvised songs and jams that were very funk inspired and open to Butler’s suggestions when moving through the songs. Butler led the and and crowd through various vocal parts that he built into the tunes, and the band did a great job of responding to his cues. Even among the lesser-known artists on stage, there was very little hesitency to step out and take control of a song. It was a well-organized EO, and a fun way to close down Day 1.

After some more rain late night, I was concerned about the state of the venue. Although we had to follow a narrow path to avoid a sizeable lake at the Tripolee stage at the front gate, the magic of the forest once gain took over and the rest of the venue was in solid shape. Wood chips did most of the work, and a few locations had dedicated paths mapped out that were easy to navigate. This was another day spent primarily at the Ranch stage (Forest exploration was still later in the weekend), so we set up shop and got ready for Matisyahu. I’ve wanted to see him for a long time, and what I know of him usually includes a nice musical sensibility mixed with dub and reggae. Unfortunately, his live performance didn’t do much to get my energy going for the day. Everything seemed to run together, and even his songs that I knew seemed muddied up. He’s a very talented artist, and I saw more of him later on, but his set left something to be desired.

Matisyahu wasn’t set up to be the big show of the day, however. The String Cheese Incident had their second and final show of Week 1 on Saturday, and it was a 3 set Incident. They promised an “SCI Sound Lab” set in the middle, scheduled to include a variety of guests. With the number of amazing artists and friends of Cheese on the bill, everyone was expecting the unexpected. Cheese’s first set was a nice lead-in, opening with “Believe”, the title track to their recent album. This is a track and an album that translates very well live, and Kang passionately belted out the lyrics. From there, the set stayed into a more acoustic, classic Cheese groove, even when focusing on more recent material. Everyone got a spot, with the collaborative “Can’t Stop Now” leading into the Kyle-led “Falling Through The Cracks.” An instrumental “Mouna Bowa” really got the crowd dancing and was a first set highlight. Keith stepped up for his heartfelt classic “Sometimes a River” and Nershi led “Song In My Head,” which is clearly one of his favorites. The other first-set highlight came with the set closing cover of “Nothing But Flowers.” The band are clearly fans of The Talking Heads, and it was nice to see them add a different cover into their repertoire.

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The SCI Sound Lab set ended up being a guest-filled set full of covers, originals, and jams. Eric Krasno was the first guest, joining SCI for three tunes. They started out with a very energetic “Let’s Go Outside,” with Kyle really on fire and letting Krasno take some licks and a really nice solo to settle in. From there they dove into a cover of “Sugaree,” which was definitely the highlight, with Krasno leading the song and the band keeping it at just the right pac e and raising the energy level when necessary. Krasno also led the band through a fun and soulful “Unconditional Love,” a great song that the Krasno sang well. Krasno left the stage and the band brought up Kamasi Washington as well as Sput from Snarky Puppy on drums for a sandwich of “Impressions” by John Coltrane with Bob Marley’s “Soul Shakedown Party” and Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” in between. Despite the different styles of the songs the band blended them well, and Washington had yet another opportunity to show his amazing skills. Washington took off early in “Impressions” and kept it going throughout, proving once again why he is in such demand. The rest of the band stepped up their game to keep up, with Jason putting in great percussion work to emphasize the two drummers. This ended up being one of the best jams I’ve seen SCI pull off and the best run of the night by the band. After that they got pretty weird, bringing Liquid Stranger up for some “deep dub,” and a very organic mixture of the jam and EDM. Matisyahu came up mid tune for some freestyle as well, making this tune, in my opinion, the epitome of the musical ethos of Electric Forest. Mashing genres, bringing energy, and seeing what comes out of the pot.

At this point the set was only about half over and the band had already blown everyone’s mind. They kept things going by bringing out Matt Hill from The Floozies for a new song called “Without You” as well as “Valley of the Jig.” “Without You” was a song that had apparently just been collaboratively written. Despite being brand new there was great interplay among the musicians on stage, and it didn’t feel like an unfinished product. From something so new it was great to get into an energetic and explosive “Valley of the Jig.” They started light and dove deep midway through the tune, building things nicely throughout the jam. The final piece of the Sound Lab included The Brazilian Girls, a favorite of Kang’s. Things got very groovy, and SCI showed a lot of love for The Brazilian Girls eclectic mix of dance, downtempo, and other genres. They started with the downtempo “Pussy” and closed the set in a completely different direction with a cover of Radionhead’s “The National Anthem.” The moody, dark anthem was a great set closer, recognized but unexpected and with a very Cheesy feel to it.

The third set mirrored the first, with everyone getting a spot to step out. The set opened with a straightforward “Rosie” into one of the best “Sirens” I’ve heard the band put out. From there they had one more guest for the evening, Borahm Lee from Break Science, to add some keys to Freedom Jazz Dance. While I like the tune, I think this was a place to bring in a one more real rager for the weekend in the form of a “Rivertrance” or even a “Bollymunster.” They closed the main set with a straightforward “Can’t Wait Another Day” and the grassy “Colorado Bluebird Sky” and encored “Could You be Loved.” None of these were weak, but as a festival that was really anchored by SCI in their early years I would’ve liked to see one final bash from their final set.

After the SCI set it was finally time to explore the forest. This was a musical exploration, as I wanted to catch multiple acts before Lettuce started. I headed straight for the Grand Artique in hopes that I could catch the tail end of Southern Avenue before Consider the Source. Instead the stage was running behind schedule and I saw about 40 minutes of Southern Avenue’s set. This was a very happy accident, as this set was one of the best of the weekend. The band, and particularly lead singer Tierinii Jackson and her sister, drummer Tikyra Jackson, put on an excellent show. Tierinni owned her stage, dancing all over the stage in platform heels and absolutely drawing in your attention. The stage was pretty lightly populated when I got there, but it was packed by the end of their set. As SCI fans moved through the forest they were clearly drawn in by this band. Memphis funk, soul, and gospel defines this band, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from them.

After their set I moved over to the Observatory for some nightime Dixon’s Violin. This was my only chance to catch Dixon this year, and, unfortunately his set was marred by the nearby presence of the Forest Stage. This was the only production concern of the weekend, and I think that the festival needs to figure out a way to have various types of music going on in the forest at the same time without having bands stepping on each other. Dixon has a lot of melodic moments and he creates a musical journey that relies at times on subtlety, and that was lost with the music coming from the nearby Forest Stage. I left early and stopped back at the Grand Artique for some Consider the Source. These guys are insanely talented and interesting, fusing elements of rock, progressive, and world music throughout their compositions. They’re not always easy to follow but they’re a joy to watch perform.

Lettuce was my closing band for Friday. I was worried about making it through their set from 1-3, but, once the band opened with “Mt. Crushmore” I had no problems. The Jubilee was packed for their set and the band delivered a scorching funk show. Every member had a chance to show off, with Krasno and drummer Adam Deitch leading the way and bassist Jesus Coomes holding things down. The band was extremely tight and I don’t think I’ve ever heard horns sound so good in a live setting. On top of that the band brought out Matisyahu to guest on a jam and Nigel Hall to provide vocals for the final third of their set. As much as I love SCI I have to say that Lettuce stole the show and possibly the entire weekend with their Friday night set. They are the leaders in the jam/funk movement for good reason. There’s no better collection of talent out there.

With the Cheese done for the weekend I knew I was going to have a lot of time to explore new bands and the massive forest on Saturday and Sunday. I started Saturday off with another partial set from Southern Ave, this time at the Jubilee. The crowd was smaller for this one and the band didn’t have the late-night energy that they had on Friday, but it was a solid show. They were more focused on their soul grooves for this one than the real fast-paced action of Friday night. I left early to get front and center for the Bluegrass Generals. This set consisted of Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi from the Infamous Stringdusters as well as Bill Nershi, Michael Kang, and Keith Mosely from SCI. This was a true bluegrass pickfest, with the band having tons of freedom to play around. Bluegrass is a great genre for people just to sit down and play together, because the roles are well-defined but the opportunities for exploration are infinite. The band stuck mainly to bluegrass standards as well as Stringdusters and SCI songs, but threw in a few covers including a bluegrass “Voodoo Child”. My highlight was a blistering version of “Restless Wind.” Without 3 days of Cheese it was nice to see some extra SCI love in other forms.

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Rather than catch more music, I took time to truly explore and relax in the Forest and Hangar in the afternoon. The number of hidden gems throughout the venue would be impossible to find over the course of two weekends, and I only caught a few in my weekend there. The Trading Post had made a return, offering pins, jewelry, and other unique items for trade. There were interactive light-up flowers, an organ that anyone could play, interactive digital art, games, scavenger hunts, a library, and multiple hidden rooms and spaces. They even had unique vendors selling things like kaleidoscopes and custom pocket watches. During the day the Grand Artique stage offered variety shows and audience participation performances, and throughout the festival there was comedy sketches and songs on a small stage at the outskirts of the forest from Super Tall Paul. I can’t even begin to detail everything that the Forest, the Hangar, and other areas of the festival offered because I’m certain that I only scratched the surface of the magic available.

Saturday evening had me moving between My Morning Jacket, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and the Forest. My Morning Jacket is the band to go see if you want a true rock show. Jim James is an amazing frontman, the band is all fire and energy, and they bring a hell of a show. Lights, confetti, and James owning his stage made this a true rock pectacle. On the other end of the venue was Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, who packed a great crowd into the Jubilee tent for their modern funk and jam set. These guys would be considered “up and coming,” but based on their Saturday set I’d say they’ve arrived. They certainly held the stage at what has to have been one of the biggest shows of their career and made everyone know they belonged there.

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After more time in the Forest, Saturday was capped off with another late-night funk set. The Motet played two sets on Saturday, and their nighttime Jubilee set was a 70’s Mix Tape Hall of Fame show. They busted out funk classics from throughout the era and turned them tent into a 70’s era disco. I’m not well versed in the era and didn’t know the tunes, but it didn’t matter as The Motet truly owned their stage. Frontman Lyle Divinsky is relatively new to the group, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him play. The band is run by drummer Dave Watts, but musically the power really came from Garrett Sayers on bass and Joey Porter on keys. I don’t think those two took a breather all night. It wasn’t the full-on spectacle of lights and sound that Lettuce brought, but it was a true party atmosphere.

Sunday was the final day, and I took it as an opportunity to explore. Explore the venue one last time. Explore music that I might have overlooked. And explore opportunities to interact with the festival. Other than an excellent Infamous Stringdusters set, I stayed mostly to the Observatory stage in the Forest. The Stringdusters gave fans the traditional Sunday Funday bluegrass set, including another opportunity for Nershi to show off his picking skills. From there it was Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers at the Observatory. I wasn’t familiar with the band prior to the festival, but they truly embody the positivity and love that the Forest represents. I also had the opportunity to catch The Hip Abduction and Trevor Hall at the Observatory, two acts that impressed me with funky riffs and catchy hooks. I had just caught a bit of The Hip Abduction opening for Galactic recently, and it had been about 8 years since I saw Trevor Hall. Trevor Hall was very impressive, as he’s moved from a singer/songwriter style into a full-band funky jam groove. His band, particularly his drummer, was very impressive, and he showed off his chops as a songwriter. I had meant to catch a few workshops on Sunday but instead enjoyed one more day of exploring the festival, taking time to talk to performers and vendors, trade pins at the Trading Post, and just be a part of the venue.

It’s cliche to say that you can’t know what to expect from the forest until you experience it, but it’s truly accurate. There’s too much going on and it’s simply too different from anything else to give a good point of reference. You have to be there. You have to see the stages, to be with the fans, to see the bands, and explore for yourself. This was a great year to see some new highlights, an emphasis on funk and some younger bands, and amazing collaborations. Cutting SCI down to 2 days didn’t diminish the fun at all, and it gave even more opportunity to check out the other great bands performing. The crowd was diverse but still extremely relaxed. And I can’t say enough good things about the crew. They dealt with some very difficult conditions and were able to take care of the venue and get it into good shape by Friday and excellent shape by Saturday. Where other festivals would have simply advised attendees to deal with the mud and muck, Electric Forest went above and beyond to eliminate even that inconvenience as much as possible. Every year I give Electric Forest my highest possible recommendation to all of my friends, and after this year I will continue to do so. I always come in with high expectations and the festival always does something to exceed them. Another amazing, amazing year.

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Phish announce Baker’s Dozen webcasts
Phish will be webcasting all 13 Baker’s Dozen shows from Madison Square Garden. They will be offering single-show purchases as well as the opportunity to purchase all 13 webcasts. The full run in HD will cost $249

Infamous Stringdusters announce dates
The Infamous Stringdusters announced a run of dates this fall. These dates will take the band down south and through the Midwest and up into Michigan.

October 13 Eureka Springs, AR—Harvest Moon Festival
October 14 St. Louis, MO—Old Rock House
October 27 Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre
October 28 Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre
November 9 Kansas City, MO—Madrid Theatre
November 10 Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line Music Cafe
November 11 Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre
November 12 Kalamazoo, MI—Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
November 14 Detroit, MI—St. Andrews Hall
November 15 Pittsburgh, PA—Rex Theatre
November 16 Buffalo, NY—Tralf Music Hall
November 17 New York, NY—Irving Plaza
December 8-11 Puerto Morales, MEX—Strings & Sol
December 14 Chattanooga, TN—The Revelry Room
December 15 Hickory, NC—Music in the Mill
December 16 Charleston, SC—Music Farm

Keller Williams announces solo dates
Keller will head out on a run of solo dates this fall. These dates run from September through November and are interspersed with a few Grateful Grass shows.

September 28 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
September 29 Bouckville, NY – BBQ Joint
September 30 Ocala, FL – Oktoberfest
October 6 Plymouth, NH – The Flying Monkey
October 7 Portland, ME – Aura
October 8 Stratton Mountain, VT – Summer Concert Series*
October 13 Eureka Springs, AR – Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival
October 14 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
October 20 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
October 21 Denver, CO – Cervantes’
October 26 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater*
October 27 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live*
October 28 Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ*
November 2 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse at The International
November 3 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
November 4 Memphis, TN – Buckman Performing Arts Center
November 9 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
November 10 State College, PA – State Theatre
November 11 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
*w/ Grateful Grass

Lettuce announces dates
Lettuce announced another handful of fall dates. The band is scheduled through their Halloween show in Asheville.

September 8 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
September 9 Richmond, VA – Groovin on Richmond
September 10 Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim
September 11 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
September 13 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
September 14 Fredericton, NB – Harvest Festival
September 16 Canton, MA – Festival at the Farm
September 17 Buffalo, NY – The Tralf
September 20 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
September 21 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
September 22 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
September 23 Utopia, TX – Utopiafest
October 20 Taos, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing Co.
October 21 Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
October 22 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
October 24 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
October 25 Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
October 26 Live Oak, FL – Hulaween
October 27 Live Oak, FL – Hulaween
October 28 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Amphitheatre
October 29 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
October 31 Asheville, NC – New Mountain Amphitheatre

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Camp Bisco
July 13-15
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
The Disco Biscuits (6 sets), Bassnectar, GRiZ, Pretty Lights, Lotus, Twidle, Turkuaz, Electric Beethoven, Break Science, Beats Antique, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Werks

Northwest String Summit
July 13-16
Horning’s Hideout
North Plains, OR
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Turkuaz,

Levitate Music & Arts Fest
July 8-9
Marshfield, MA
Dispatch, Umphrey’s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Lake Street Drive, The Revivalists, Twiddle, JJ Grey & Mofro, Rubblebucket

Deep Roots Mountain Revival
July 20-22
Marvins Mountaintop
Masontown, WV
Brandi Carlile, Lettuce, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dr. Dog, The Motet, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, White Denim, TAUK

Floydfest 17: Freedom
July 26-30
Floyd, VA
Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & Broken Bones, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Shovels & Rope, Turkuaz, TUAK, Fruition

Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
August 11-13
Alta, WY
The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCoury’s

Hoxeyville
August 18-20
Wellston, MI
Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush Band, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Fruition, Joshua Davis, Larry Keel Experience, Billy Strings, The Accidentals, The Crane Wives

Lockn’
August 24-27
Arrington, VA
The Avett Brothers, Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, moe, Greensky Bluegrass, John Butler Trio, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, TAUK

Grand Point North
September 16-17
Waterfront Park
Burlington, VT
Trey Anastasio Band, Grace Potter, Dawes, Joseph, Son Little, Hurray for the Riff Raff

The Festy Experience
October 5-8
Infinity Downs
Arrington, VA
The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Jerry Douglas, Cabinet, Billy Strings, Beats Antique

Hillberry Music Festival
October 12-15
Eureka Springs, AR
Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Dumpstaphunk, Dirtfoot

Suwannee Roots Revival
October 12-15
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Wood Brothers, Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Cassidy, Donna the Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers

Hangtown Music Festival
October 26-29
Placerville, CA
Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Dark Star Orchestra, Leftover Salmon, Turkuaz

Suwannee Hulaween
October 27-29
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
The String Cheese Incident, Ween, Bassnectar, The Disco Biscuits, Portugal The Man, Lettuce, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Benevento/Russo Duo, Greensky Bluegrass, Kamasi Washington, TAUK, Dumpstafunk, Spafford

Dominican Holidaze
December 1-5
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, The Disco Biscuits, GRiZ, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, TAUK, The Motet, Lotus, Spafford

Strings & Sol
December 8-12
Now Sapphire
Puerto Morelos, MX
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition

Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus
January 13-17
Jewel Paradise Cove
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, JJ Grey & Mofro

Jam in the Sand
January 18-22
Jewel Paradise Cove
Ruanaway Bay, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra, Hot Tuna, Rumpke Mountain Boys

Jam Cruise
January 17-22
Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Maceo Parker, Lotus, Lettuce, Gramatik, Keller Williams, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze

Panic En La Playa
January 26-30
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Bonnaroo
June 7-10
Manchester, TN

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