Countdown to Catskill Chill 2015: This Is Just A Tribute
The clock is ticking. Catskill Chill is just about a month and a half away. The festival traditionally marks the end of the summer festival season in the Northeast, and this year will mark the bittersweet end to the festival’s tenure at the magical Camp Minglewood, the only home it has ever known. While the festival is sure to flourish in new forms elsewhere, this 2015 edition marks the end of an era. Thankfully, the ChillFam knows how to throw a hell of a going away party. We’ll be counting down to the fall-bringin’ festivities all month at Sensible Reason, starting off with a guide to the multitudinous tribute sets that have become a Catskill Chill hallmark over the last half decade. Start getting excited!
Zappa Plays Zappa
Less of a tribute act and more of a legacy continuum, ZPZ commands headliner status with a lineup featuring Dweezil Zappa guiding a virtuoso group of Zappa vets through his papa Frank’s voluminous and complex catalog. Formed back in 2006, the ever-morphing collective even managed to snag a Grammy for its interpretation of the classic Zappa instrumental (and Phish rarity) “Peaches en Regalia.” Check out their performance of that tune and a couple others below for a taste of the intricate weirdness that awaits you.
Twiddle (Dead Set)
Tributes to the Grateful Dead have been in no short supply in this 50th anniversary year. Perhaps that is why Catskill Chill, which has featured multiple tribute sets in past incarnations, has deemed to limit the Dead tributes this go round. No doubt there will be songs to fill the air throughout the weekend, but Twiddle will be performing the sole officially billed Dead set, in a reprise of their well-received take on the band’s music last year, a capably spastic run that featured interspersed Daft Punk and Bloodhound Gang. Listen to a portion of the set below.
Dopakuaz Plays Studio 54
This set is a tribute to an era rather than a singular act, and requires a melding of two bands to pull it off. The electronic prog leaning stylings of Dopapod (no strangers to two band jams at the Chill) will combine with the unadulterated funk of Turkuaz to toast the legendary NYC club that epitomized the glitzy excess of the disco era. Anyone who was anyone in the late ’70s graced the glittery floors of Studio 54 and danced the night away to bassy, soulful, funky tunes until the sun came up. Some say disco is dead. Come find out why they’re wrong. Check out what the two bands can do on their co-cover of Styx.
Pink Talking Fish
It’s not too much of a leap to surmise that the collaborative and cover-heavy sets at Catskill Chill had a bit of an influence on the formation of Pink Talking Fish, the burgeoning group that pays tribute to not one, but three classic bands – Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. The collective has even been tossing Grateful Dead in the mix sporadically this year, spawning creative segues like “Help>Slip>Frankenstein” and “Tennessee Jed” mashed up with “Ocelot.” The band played to a packed Club Chill last time, and will require a larger stage this year. Check out their lengthy set from last year for a sampling of their conceptual creativity.
ChillFam All-Stars Herbie Hancock Tribute
It’s Herbie Hancock! From co-starring with Miles Davis in some of the greatest jazz combos of all time, to spearheading the jazz funk movement with his Headhunters collective, to the scratch synth hip hop anthem “Rockit” that heralded an electronic music revolution, the legendary Herbie Hancock has followed his adventurous muse down some unexpected and always exciting musical pathways. No word yet on who might take the keys seat throughout this set, but Aron Magner and Steve Molitz will be around. Brush up on some essential Herbie, starting with the Headhunters debut.
Shwikus Plays the ’80s
You may know Shwizz and Fikus from previous Catskill Chill collaborations like last year’s epic P-Funk tribute or the late night cabin jams where anything can and does happen. This year, the ChillFam charter members will turn their powers to 1980s, picking up where Dopakuaz’s Studio 54 leaves off. The greusome twosome will tackle the cheesiest of hair metal and the synthiest of new wave in a neverending fight for the right to party. For a flavor of the fury, check out the ecstatic Parliament Funkadelic set and remember – the ’80s show is completely different than that ’70s show.
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