Taking Woodstock Back
A couple weeks ago, I offered a fairly grim forecast for the upcoming summer festival schedule. Two regional staples, Camp Bisco and Solid Sound, will not be happening this year. (Respect, however, to Mountain Jam, et al., that will be back as usual.) In that same Rough Mix column, I alluded to an event called the Hudson Project, which had little more than a web domain at the time. Well, now they have a lineup. And it’s a game changer.
The event will take place over three days (July 11-13) at Winston Farm in Saugerties, the site of Woodstock ’94, and will feature four stages along with a smaller performance space. Rather than a niche-curated event or an oversized clusterfuck, the festival appears to be a well-considered and tasteful mixture of rock bands, hip-hop performers and DJs—that is, actually relevant and interesting. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Bassnectar, Flying Lotus (pictured), Moby, Dr. Dog, Bonobo, Paper Diamond, Nightmares on Wax, Gold Panda, Cults, Matt and Kim, Atmosphere, Excision, STS9, Big Gigantic, Tipper, Twin Shadow, AarabMuzik, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Jon Hopkins, Yacht, SZA, the Range, and a ton more.
The initial round of tickets go on sale on Friday at $185, while more lavish packages run upward of $2,748 (which includes “glamping”—posh accomodations and VIP treatment). Visit hudsonmusicproject.com for more info.
About the Music Biz
Anyone who has tried to make a go of it in the music business has asked the question, and anyone who’s ever written about the business has fielded it: How do you “make it”?
It’s central to a documentary-in-progress by filmmaker Joel Patterson called About a Band. Patterson has posted the first piece of the project on his YouTube channel—joelpattersondotus—which follows Troy rock and R&B band Urban Gumbo and “their crazy mission to make a great album.” Urban Gumbo are a new incarnation of a band called City Lights, whho have been around in one form or another since 1978. The group actually were partially assembled through an ad in Metroland, back before Craigslist gobbled up all that traffic. In following Urban Gumbo’s latest venture, Patterson broaches the subject of what success in the music industry looks like now and how the infrastucture of recording, distribution, exposure and compensation has changed in the intervening decades.
Toward the end of the first chapter, I offer my humble perspective from the offices of Metroland HQ. Keep an eye on Patterson’s YouTube channel for the continuing story and, in the meantime, check out some of his live music videos at joelpatterson.us.