Catskill Chill 2014: The Best of The Bottom
Summer’s end is slowly approaching, but that means the autumn classic Catskill Chill, in its milestone fifth year, is nearly upon us. Tickets are avialable HERE. This year’s lineup, as always, offers a little something for everyone. Faithful attendees are likely champing at the bit in anticipation of jamgrass stalwarts Yonder Mountain String Band, Disco Biscuits offshoot Electron, and a DJ set by psytrance swami Shpongle. The middle of the slate holds intrigue too, with reliable festival party starters like Marco Benevento and Orchard Lounge. But deep down on the bill are bands you don’t necessarily talk about at parties. But come September, you will know their names.
A Hudson Valley circuit mainstay, Shwizz has been an integral part of Catskill Chill almost since the beginning. From rocking Club Chill to holding down late night cabin jams, this tightly coiled prog funk machine is indicative of the fluidity and camaraderie that is the Chill. Expect intricately complex original compositions interwoven with TV and movie themes, classic rock reinterpretations and whatever other magic lies within the Shwizz bag of tricks. Oh and they’ll also be dropping a Parliament Funkadelic tribute set.
Mun is possibly the best kept secret on the festival circuit. Perhaps you’ve heard whispers of epic Mun-rise sets, or NYC loft throwdowns, or relentless dance parties fueled by nothing but exercise and vita-Mun C. At any rate, be sure to catch these NYC electro jam rockers at the Chill. They’ll be reprising their inaugural acoustic set from last year, as well as throwing down electrically in their comfort zone. Both sets are guaranteed to titillate.
Graduating from a clandestine extended porch set to official festival players, Solaris has ridden of wave of goodwill stemming from their body moving rhythm. The trio is rooted in The New Deal school of live electronics, but extends its sonic explorations beyond four-on-the-floor for a more nuanced, psychedelic groove, without ever straying too far from the sound so soothing.
Business Casual Disco
The name says it all. From the dance floor to the boardroom, BCD will get you moving. Well known for bringing their infectious brand of disco, house and soul to brunches and other high class affairs across the Northeast and beyond, Business Casual Disco will surely get you moving and grooving at Minglewood next month. Sexy soulful soirees are what BCD do.
An early morning fixture on the festival circuit and in Brooklyn’s better dance establishments, Speakerbot has built a solid reputation for delivering eclectic sets ranging from synthpop classics to the latest & greatest tech house disco funk classics. Coming in hot off a heralded Mint Green Festival set and a country club party with Golf Clap at Glasslands, Speakerbot is poised to drop a raucous set on an unsuspecting Chill crowd pushing towards the dawn with reckless abandon.
Catskill Chill will take place at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY September 5-7. Tickets are available HERE.