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5 Reasons We’re Hooping Into Hulaween

5 Reasons We’re Hooping Into Hulaween

There ain’t no party like a Suwannee party, but when you add in the Halloween factor, along with one of the jam scene’s most entertaining acts playing host, the freaks are bound to flock to fall’s most festive fest of all! Here are five musical reasons we can’t wait for Hulaween to hoop into Live Oak Halloween weekend.

There ain’t no party like a Suwannee party, but when you add in the Halloween factor, along with one of the jam scene’s most entertaining acts playing host, the freaks are bound to flock to fall’s most festive fest of all! Here are five musical reasons we can’t wait for Hulaween to hoop into Live Oak Halloween weekend.

1.  The String Cheese Incident
Known for their unique fusion of genres, the members of the String Cheese Incident have become masters of encapsulating a festival experience within a set of music. So, with a whopping total of seven sets over three nights, SCI will surely provide an enchanting extraterrestrial excursion. Their blend of astonishing light shows, gravity-defying performance artists, interactive audiences, and marvelous melodic masterpieces enables Cheese to manifest an alternate reality. With a less rigorous touring schedule recently, the act has solidified itself as an elite destination band, providing experiences that are well-worth traveling for. Some of the band’s highlights from the past year include Electric Forest, Horning’s Hideout, Red Rocks, LOCKN Festival, and, most recently, an appearance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Commonly agreed upon as one of the best acts in live entertainment, the guys of SCI will undoubtedly bring their A-game for this VOODOO-themed extravaganza.

2.  Big Gigantic
Gliding onto the scene in 2008, Big Gigantic has been steadily rising to the top in the world of livetronica. Boulder-based saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken have continuously elevated the bar in live performance, locking down their place as one of the country’s premier live acts. The duo’s unmatched fusion of jazz, funk, hip-hop and electronic music provides the ideal late-night dance party. Big G’s most recently released album, Nocturnal (2012), utilizes thunderous rhythms, brain-shaking bass lines and cascading saxophone riffs to evoke an awesomely exploratory auditory odyssey. Many songs from the album, such as “The Uprising” and “Nocturnal” have translated flawlessly to the live setting. No strangers to Suwannee, Lalli and Salken will undoubtedly rise to the occasion and lead fans on earth-quaking extravaganza.

3.  Eliot Lipp 
With both a live band act, as well as a DJ set planned, what more can you really ask for? Giving fans the opportunity to see both version’s of Lipp’s mastery will enable the Washington native to unmask the man behind the curtain, and really display the full extent of his talents. Eliot Lipp’s fantastic fusion of jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and electronic music has cultivated his reputation as a “music lover’s producer.” Since the release of his first album, City Synthesis, in 2007, the instrumental producer has continued to venture into uncharted melodic territory. His most recent album, Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake, was done under the Pretty Lights Music label, and included some of the hottest experimental dance music to-date. Both sets are sure to take audiences on a rowdy, funkified adventure.

4.  Conspirator
Featuring Marc Brownstein (bass) and Aaron Magner (keyboards) of the Disco Biscuits, Chris Michetti (RAQ) on guitar and the edition of newest member, Torch, on drums, this former side project has been reestablishing its roots on the recent Going Up tour. Venturing away from dubstep, the quartet has been leading audiences through fierce exploratory jams, utilizing classic Conspirator song such as “Orch Theme” and “Hard Acid.” Along with the edition of Torch, Conspirator’s visual presence has also evolved. The vivid imagery generates sensational sensory stimulation, and helps to accent emotional highpoints throughout the band’s sets. Frequent performers at Suwannee, Conspirator is sure to capture the minds of many, and manifest a romping soiree.

5. Emancipator
Portland, Oregon-based producer Emancipator (AKA Doug Appling) utilizes organic melodies, combined with the beautiful harmonic complement of Ilya Goldberg’s violin, creating what can only be described as music for the soul. Coming off the release of latest album, Dusk to Dawn, Emancipator’s spine-tingling stylings will surely provide a transcending experience on Saturday night at the amphitheater stage.

Our Two Cents: With such a wide variety of acts, spanning from bluegrass, to funk, to electronic music, Hulaween offers sounds for everyone, and is sure to be a party you don’t want to miss. The String Cheese Incident’s impeccable reputation has fans teeming with excitement to return to Suwannee. Aside from the incredible music, the VOODOO theme and introduction of the Spirit Lake Promenade will provide an experience unmatched by any other festival. Spirit Lake will feature astounding light shows, performance art, art installations and a Silent Disco. Along with Suwannee’s impeccable amenities and accommodations, the adventures of Hulaween are begging for every themed fest-goer’s pleasure.

For tickets and more information on Suwannee Hulaween, click here.

Photos courtesy of SCI

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victor

October 11th, 2013

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