Four Shades of Music Fest
If you spend this coming weekend ogling someone else’s idyllic summer adventure on Instagram, you have no one to blame but yourself. It is upon us: the weekend of music festival supersaturation. It’s actually a shame that all this is happening at once and physics only allows us to be in one place at a time. But you can hasthag this one a #firstworldproblem. The biggie is the Hudson Music Project in Saugerties (more on page 20), but here are four more weekend festivals that are worth considering:
Beat*Shot Music Festival. In its sixth year, the Beat*Shot festival is a two-day celebration of local hip-hop organized by Beatshot Productions founders DJ Trumastr and Lo-Fi Lobo. As they say, “The underlying themes of love, diversity, creativity and respect have always been vital components to the principles surrounding the event.” This year, the show moves to the Hollow Bar and Kitchen (79 North Pearl St., Albany), starting Friday night (July 11) and running through Saturday night. The big headliner this year is rapper Pharoahe Monche (pictured), a critically-acclaimed master lyricist, who has been compared to John Coltrane in his complexity of technique. Leading up to Monche’s Saturday set will be co-headliners J-Live, Oddisee and Blueprint along with a who’s-who of local talent, including Giant Gorilla Dog Thing, PJ Katz, Count Bass D, Iron Bar Collective, Bocafloja, Tanya Morgan, Bell’s Roar, Nate da Great, DJ Playground, JB, Oddy Gato, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde and many more.
Tickets are $25 for both days or $15 for one. Check out beatshotmusic.com for more info.
Green River Festival. This Massachussetts tradition dates back to 1986 and has evolved into a staple of the season. Focusing mainly on American roots music, the event runs from Saturday through Sunday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass., and offers nearby camping at Barton Cove State Park. Headliners this year include Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Lucius, Puss N Boots, Trampled by Turtles, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Poor Old Shine, Hurray for the Riff Raff and plenty more. Tickets appear to be sold out, but you know how the Internet works. Never say never. More info at greenriverfestival.com.
Big Fest 2014. This one may or may not be a celebration of the enigmatic woodland creature Bigfoot. Or at least his legacy in local rawk and roll. Or maybe I’m misreading the festival fliers. What is known is that this fest will be held at the Whitehall Athletic Club (variously advertised as the Whitehall Armory) all day Saturday. Hosted by “professional wrestler, entertainer and artist” Tattooed Ugly Lenn Oddity, the festival features some of the area’s most refined rock acts, including the Erotics, Hungry Jack, Echo, the Voodoo Council, A Whole Lotta Zeppelin, the Skenesborough Renegades and plenty more throroughly edifying entertainment. Tickets are $25 and available at the door.
Deep Listening Conference. For the second year, RPI professor and composer Pauline Oliveros will host the Deep Listening Conference, a symposium on the technique she’s been teaching for more than 40 years. As the festival abstract says, “ Deep Listening is an embodied meditative practiceof enhancing one’s attention to listening.” The four-day event will feature performances and workshops inviting “scientific and philosophical discussions about new and unexplored directions and applications as well as the efficacy of the practice of Deep Listening.” The conference begins on Thursday (July 10) and runs through the 13th at RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Visit deeplistening.org for more info.