Catskill Chill Artists Not to Miss: Royal Family Records
The Catskill Chill Music Festival is almost upon us and it’s time to start counting the days to one of the region’s best music festivals of its size. The schedule just dropped and it is stacked. In case you’re wondering who to check out, we’ll be doing some artist spotlights here at Sensible Reason to help you plan the best course of attack.
This first one is not actually a specific act, but it is the funkiest collective in the Northeast and you’d be ill-advised to miss any of the many slots they are filling at the Chill. Soulive, the central trio of the Royal Family, originated in Woodtock, NY, and most Royal Family members call New York City their stomping grounds, so it’s safe to say that these guys are local favorites. Aside from Soulive, nearly the entire family will be chilling, ready and able. Here’s when and where to catch them on the schedule, though they could easily turn up in unannounced collaborations at any time.
Lettuce – Friday 11:00pm-12:40am, Main Stage
These are the guys who started the whole thing way back in the Berklee days in Boston. Legend has it, the name Lettuce arose because the guys would go around to friends’ gigs, asking them to “Let us” borrow equipment so they could jam. Now they lend their tunes to the New York Knicks. Adam Deitch‘s propulsive drumming fuels this funk juggernaut rage machine. Check out this standout version of “Nyack,” named after Deitch’s hometown on the Hudson River.
Alan Evans Trio – Saturday 3:00pm-4:15pm, Main Stage
The Alan Evans Trio is the most recent entry to the Royal Family, having been put together recently by the Soulive drummer, perhaps to give him something to do while his Soul brothers moonlight in Lettuce. Featuring the guitarist Danny Mayer from the up-and-coming On The Spot Trio (also performing at the Chill) and organist Beau Sasser (associate of the influential Melvin Sparks) , AE3 specializes in the same type of dirty jazz funk that typifies much of the Royal Family output.
KRAZ – Saturday 8:00pm-9:15pm, Club Chill
Everyone knows Eric “KRAZ” Krasno as the silky smooth, dapper guitarist at the center of Soulive and Lettuce, but like many musicians nowadays, KRAZ has been known to step into the DJ booth once in a while and get parties started with his blend of funk, hip hop, soul and more. Check out his Funky President mixtape.
Soulive – Saturday 11:20pm-12:40am, Main Stage
Technically, Soulive is Eric Krasno and the brothers Neal and Alan Evans on keys and drums respectively, but in practice it is more likely to include the Shady Horns as well as any number of high profile guests, as evidenced by their now-traditional multi-night Brooklyn Bowl run every March. With a perfectly placed Saturday night slot, the trio and friends are sure to bring the heat.
Break Science – Saturday 12:45am-1:15am, B Stage
When Adam Deitch started his Break Science project a few years back, the concept of a DJ paired with live drums was fairly novel. It has since been employed to great success by Pretty Lights and company, but Deitch may very well be the best drummer at it. Injecting live funk and hip hop drumming into a variety of wompy electronics and old school classics, Break Science delivers the elemental beats wherever it goes.