Over the past few months, Live for Live Music has been giving our readers the 411 on the Equifunk V All-Inclusive Music Festival, set to take place August 17th-19th in Equinunk, PA, right in the heart of the Pocono Mountains (and about 2 hours outside of NYC). With a little over one week before the party starts, L4LM sits down with Eric Welles and Jeff Fischer, two of the main men behind the Equifunk idea and concept, to discuss everything about the All-Inclusive festival experience, origins, and how it all came to pass.Hey guys, thanks for sitting down with us and taking the time to answer our questions. We are really excited for Equifunk, and thought it would be great to sit down with you both, to let our readers know just why this festival is so unique and different from your average fest. What are the origins of Equifunk, and how did you conceive the idea for Camp Equifunk?It’s actually a pretty funny story. Eric Kamen, the founder of Equifunk, had a friend’s bachelor party at the camp that we all attended as kids one summer, “coincidentally” named Equinunk, and in the midst of all the fun realized he had to grow that experience for more to share in. By the next summer, Equinunk was transformed into “Equifunk”, and a Festival was born…and the rest, they say, is history. What started out with some friends partying to the Zen Tricksters that first year, has grown into a festival that now had bands like Galactic and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk headlining, and the supergroup SuckerPunch playing a very-special late night set. We couldn’t be more excited. What makes Equifunk different from other festivals? First, it takes place on the grounds of a summer camp, where festival goers have the opportunity to sleep in comfy cabins, complete with a bed and shower to make their stay extra “homey”.Second, it is the first “ALL–INCLUSIVE” Festival. Think about that for a minute. At the extremely reasonable price of $325 for a cabin, you get all of your meals for the weekend, a bed and shower, the chance to bunk with your best friends, unlimited beer, access to all facilities and, of course, incredible live music. Now compare that to a $200 ticket at another festival and add up all of the $8 beers/water you drink throughout the weekend, in addition to the overpriced food. The best part of the ALL-INCLUSIVE package is that it makes your weekend stress free. You know where the beer is, you know where the food is, and you don’t have to worry about walking to get what you want. We literally bring it to you. And if you like camping under the stars, our camping option for $195 is available as well. Third, our festival capacity is only 1,000 people. You’re paying for an intimate all-inclusive festival with sets from amazing talent like Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, SuckerPunch, RAC, Orgone,Turkuaz and Bustle In Your Hedgerow to name a few, and you don’t have to fight for position to see the stage or fear the large crowd around you. It’s you, your best friends, and all the space you want. This is what it feels like to be a part of our family.Why is a summer camp the ideal place for a festival?Summer Camp = FUN, plain and simple. Anyone who has attended a summer camp as a kid or adult has experienced some of the funniest and most memorable moments of their lives. From a first kiss, to a food fight, to stealing candy from your bunkmate – why not take the best pieces of childhood and throw it together with some amazing music? This is the next level of festival-going.On top of that, the setting of Equinunk, PA is like none other; fresh air, gorgeous hills/lake and an incredible night sky. What could be better?There is a “Bus to Equifunk” option, correct? Does that mean people from NYC don’t need to figure out transportation?Correct, we will 100% have buses to transport people to and from NYC. And it’s only $50 round-trip!!!One of the more impressive and unique aspects of Equifunk is that it is considered the first All-Inclusive music festival; completely unlimited food and beer included in the ticket price. Will there definitely be enough food and beer for each camper?Again, we are 100% all-inclusive. We have enough beer and food to kill a small herd of bears, dinosaurs, and rabbits. If you find yourself hungry or thirsty come find us and we will personally take care of you. Because that is what our festival is all about!And there is a pool, right? TWO POOLS!!!! Awesome!!! We have heard so much about these epic pool parties. Tell us about them.I don’t want to spoil the best kept secret about our festival. If you want to see what all the talk is about, check out the preview video below from last year’s pool party, and do yourself a favor and start the splashing with us this summer with sets from Orgone, Sister Sparrow and many more!Being at an actual, fully functioning summer camp, the average Equifunk attendee may get a little nostalgic; what other activities outside of the music can one expect to find? That nostalgic feel is exactly what we are trying to accomplish. Want to play hoops with Galactic? Tennis with Ivan Neville? Kick ball with Marco Benevento? We have every activity you could dream of and they are all steps away from the music and your comfy bed, or tent.What have been some of your favorite acts to grace the stage at Equifunk in the past?That’s a really tough question because there have been so many memorable ones to choose from. Let me go with an experience I’ll never forget – when Big Sam’s Funky Nation came into the crowd in 2010 and led a “Funk Conga Line” with everyone there on the floor. That’s something you’ll never witness and be a part of at any other music festival, and just exemplifies the intimate setting we’ve created at Equifunk. Adam Deitch, Roberts Walters, and Eddie Roberts all played at Equifunk together last year, and have played together a few times since then. How did that come into fruition? Was that something that just happened naturally for Equifunk?They were only playing as a trio for a select few shows in August (I believe 4 or 5), but loved the idea and were super excited to play together at Equifunk. The festival has been known to bring together some rare combinations of artists playing with one another, and we promise you this summer will NOT be any different! Take for example the return of SuckerPunch. You have Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Jamie Shields from the New Deal, and Mike Greenfield of Lotus; they haven’t played together as SuckerPunch in almost a decade, and will be making their triumphant return for the first time at Equifunk. It doesn’t get much more epic than that. Equifunk is branded as a funk festival, but last year you brought in The New Deal to do one of their last shows. Explain to us the decision to broaden the horizons of the festival.While funk music has, and always will be, part of the roots of Equifunk, we definitely made it a point to bring in some other genres and spice it up this year. Acts like Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, and RAC will for sure bring in some new elements different from years past. Not to mention some of the DJ sets we have lined up that will keep people dancing all weekend long… While the option to sleep in an actual bunk is extremely appealing, the more traditional camping option is extremely affordable and unique in its own way. Tell us about this option.For those looking to camp out and hold on to that “traditional” festival element, we’ve set up the perfect camping area situated steps away from the stage, pool, and main dining areas. Included within this extremely affordable rate is everything provided in the cabin package – all meals, beer, access to facilities, and all the live music you can handle. When it comes to camping in the mountains, what’s better than sleeping under the stars?How is this festival evolving from last year? What, if any, changes have been made to ensure the best possible time for attendees?Right off the bat, this is easily our best line-up yet. And that’s no easy accomplishment, as we’ve had some pretty awesome talent in years past. Aside from that, I’d say the biggest change is the emphasis we’re placing on camp activities this summer. Expect more of what you loved so much about being away at camp – a huge field to play Frisbee, softball games, basketball with your friends, hula-hoop lessons, arts and crafts (for some), and even more of your favorite activities.With many festivals, there are schedule conflicts, and it is really difficult to decide what one wants to see. Equifunk doesn’t seem to have this problem. Was that something that was preconceived, or did everything just work itself out that way? I’d say a mix of both. We’re definitely cognizant of other festivals/events taking place that weekend, but at the same time, Equifunk is so unique to anything else going on that it’s kind of like comparing apples and oranges. For those looking for the unique experience our festival has to offer, there’s nowhere else to be Aug 17th-19th.Equifunk has a very close-knit vibe, smaller crowd, and intimate setting, would you ever want to take this festival to a grand scale? Do you have aspirations to make this a much bigger festival?It’s only fitting that you end with the toughest question, huh? Here’s the thing – as the Festival is currently constructed, it’s so incredibly tight-knit and intimate that adding more people will hardly divert much from that feeling of closeness – it will still feel like a small Festival. And while we definitely want to continue to grow Equifunk, we never want to lose that intimate feeling and stray away from what makes this Festival so incredible and unique. At the end of the day, there’s definitely something to be said about being the best kept secret out there…Anything else that you would like to add, that festival-goers may care to know?Yes – expect the unexpected, because this weekend is unlike anything you’ve ever been a part of.**To purchase tickets to the Equifunk V All-Inclusive Music Festival, use the link below. And don’t forget to use discount code L4LM to save $25 on your pass!Purchase Tickets HereCheck out this video from last year:Check out this teaser video:See how great the all-inclusive aspect of Equifunk is great: ***To purchase tickets to the Equifunk V All-Inclusive Music Festival, use the link below. And don’t forget to use discount code L4LM to save $25 on your pass!Purchase Tickets Here
Today, the Electric Forest 2013 Lineup was announced. Returning to the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan on June 27- June 30, live music pioneers The String Cheese Incident (3 performances), Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Knife Party and Dispatch will top the bill at Electric Forest 2013. Also on the bill are Benny Benassi, Yeasayer, A-Trak, Grimes, Railroad Earth, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, FEMI KUTI & The Positive Force, Madeon, Headhunterz, Baauer, Danny Brown, Greensky Bluegrass and many more. The complete list of just announced performers is included below.Electric Forest Weekend Tickets and GOOD LIFE VIP Packages are available now at www.electricforestfestival.com (Loyalty Tickets, Early Bird Tickets, and Electric Entry Ticket price-levels are SOLD OUT).Now in its third year, Electric Forest is reputed for propelling the U.S. festival scene into a brave new era of music and camping festivals. Undeniably known for delivering “the ultimate festival experience,” (IMF Magazine) Electric Forest offers incomparable VIP accommodations, unique on-site features and amenities, astonishing and unparalleled integration of music and art, and a vibe so thick with “camaraderie and freedom…it must be experienced to be appreciated.” (Consequence Of Sound).At the heart of Electric Forest, the beloved Sherwood Forest is “with no exaggeration at all, the most well produced and artistically inspired area…ever seen at a music festival” (Magnetic Magazine). Showered with state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between, in 2013 the Sherwood Forest is expanding in size for the first time ever. Fans can look forward to more to discover, wonder and wow.Electric Forest’s list of confirmed 2013 performers is as follows:The String Cheese Incident (3 Nights)Pretty LightsPassion PitEmpire of the SunKnife PartyDispatchLotusBenny BenassiYeasayerBeats AntiqueMadeonA-TrakTommy TrashGrimesHoly Ghost!NERVOEOTORailroad EarthHeadhunterzTrombone Shorty & Orleans AvenueKill the NoiseEmancipatorFEMI KUTI & The Positive ForceBaauerNoisiaMichal MenertRL GrimeSuckerPunch ft. Marc and Aron of the Disco Biscuits, Jamie Shields of the New Deal,and Mike Greenfield of LotusDanny BrownGreensky Bluegrass3LAUDigital Tape Machine ft. Joel Cummins & Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGeeThe WerksTreasure FingersBoomboxFuture RockCrazeLe Castle VaniaOLIVERJeff Austin & FriendsAna SiaPigs on the Wing ft. Murphy of STS9ReptarNick CatchdubsThe Pimps of JoytimeClockworkRyan HemsworthJust BlazeDoldrumsNahko and Medicine For The PeopleRobert DeLongUp Until NowHelicopter ShowdownMoon HoochLowRIDERzMilkmanSamo Sound BoyTwiddleTumbleweed WanderersThe StepkidsManic FocusParty SuppliesCosby Sweater ft. Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGeeChristian RichMotion PotionBestfriendsMunson MeeksWith more to be announced…Tickets on sale now at www.electricforestfestival.com and at 1-888- 512-SHOW (Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm CST).
Ultra Music Festival has announced its Phase 2 lineup. Set to take place from March 28th-30th in Miami, FL, Ultra boasts a lineup filled with some of EDM’s most seasoned veterans, its brightest up and coming stars, and a slew of incredible live talent. With acts like Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyone, Tiësto, Carl Cox, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun, Chase and Status, Gesaffelstein, Alesso, New World Punk, and more, expect this year to go big.Here is the current lineup with the Phase 2 lineup:Afrobeta, Alvin Risk, Aly & Fila, Amtrac, Audien, Candyland, Cedric Gervais, Chance The Rapper, Clockwork, Cosmic Gate, Craze, Crizzly, Dannic, Danyelino, Dirtyphonics, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Dusky, DVBBS, Dyro, Fedde Le Grand, Figure, Gramatik, Grandtheft, Hardline, Henry Fong, Infected Mushroom, Jack U, Jochen Miller, John Digweed, John O’ Callaghan, Justin Oh, MAKJ, Mat Zo, Michael Brun, MOTi, Ms. Mada, Mykris, Myon & Shane 54, Paper Diamond, Pegboard Nerds, Rebecca & Fiona, Remo, Rony Seikaly, Sandro Silva, Stafford Brothers, Syn Cole, Thunderpony, Tommie Sunshine, Ummet Ozcan, Viceroy, VicetoneDownload the Ultra App to view the entire lineup.
According to reports in the Las Vegas Sun, MGM Resorts and Cirque Du Soleil are teaming up to build a 33-acre venue, which will be used to host Rock in Rio Las Vegas.With a capacity of 80,000, the open-air venue is set for construction, and the Rock In Rio festival will be held there in May 2015. The festival is expected to be held every other year, with four days of Rock In Rio in 2015, and an expansion to six days in 2017.Rock In Rio was founded in 1985, by Roberto Medina, and has hosted over a billion fans in the nearly-30 years of its existence. The lineup for the 2014 Rock In Rio festival includes The Rolling Stones, Lorde, Pretty Lights, Justin Timberlake, Gary Clark Jr., and more.Commenting about the Rock in Rio Las Vegas expansion, Medino said: “Our first Rock in Rio USA will be unlike any festival anyone has ever experienced on the biggest stage in the world in the heart of Las Vegas. We are thrilled to welcome these entertainment giants as part of our USA family. It is a testament to our 30-year history and outstanding reputation.”The arena will be built up for the festival, but can also be stripped down to host sporting events. Ultimately, the goal is to increase the infrastructure for large-scale MGM-hosted events, while simultaneously increasing tourism revenue for Las Vegas. The festival is also cautious about stepping on the toes of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), emphasizing that it will feature live music and live performances (as opposed to EDM).The building alone will cost upwards of $20 million, though those involved believe the project to be an appropriate celebration of the Rock In Rio 30th anniversary. It’s certainly audacious, but I’m sure it will be a successful undertaking when everything is said and done.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
The highly-anticipated 20th anniversary album from Wu-Tang Clan, A Better Tomorrow, finally has an official release date: December 2nd. The group has decided to release the album through Warner Bros. Records, after years of bouncing around several different labels.In a statement about their move to Warner Bros, Wu-Tang said they were “delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated.” They continued, saying, “RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., ‘we’re getting Bugs Bunny money.’”In anticipation of the December 2nd release, the group is putting out a special release on November 28th, Record Store Day. The group put seven songs from A Better Tomorrow, with two instrumentals, and an exclusive track, on a portable Bluetooth speaker called Boombotix. It has 10 hours of battery life, 94 decibels of loudness, a one-year “no matter what” warranty. Pre-orders for this unique release can be placed here.Speaking about the album’s content, RZA said, “Musically it travels from a guy who is going through difficulties, tries to find himself, gets involved with some violence, some troubles, but then realizes that it’s best sometimes to walk away from the past and all the bad times and maybe work on making his life better, and making a better tomorrow.”Check out the leading single for A Better Tomorrow, “Ron O’Neal,” which debuted on The Daily Show.A Better Tomorrow Boombotix Tracklist: 01. Ruckus in B Minor 02. Ron O’Neal 03. Mistaken Identity 04. Keep Watch 05. Never Let Go 06. Mistaken Identity (Instrumental) 07. Never Let Go (Instrumental) 08. Big Horn (Exclusive)
Canadian singer/songwriter Mac DeMarco was arrested by Santa Barbara police yesterday, at his own concert. DeMarco was reportedly detained for “crowd surfing and climbing in the venue’s high ceiling beams.,” according to the Santa Barbara Independent.The police were present at the concert from the getgo, as they interrupted the performance roughly 10 minutes in to break up what was dubbed “violent moshing,” despite a crowd of roughly 100 people. At that time, they flashed lights onto the crowd, and some students speculated that they were looking for people who were smoking marijuana. Two attendees were ultimately arrested.Then, the police continued their involvement by arresting a man who was climbing on the high beams of the venue’s ceiling. Only after the arrest did they realize that the man was actually DeMarco, the lead singer who was, of course, performing. Attendees were thoroughly disappointed by the overbearing police activity, and one student was quoted saying the following:“[Associated Students] wants to put on these on campus shows as an alternative to kids partying in Isla Vista. What was supposed to be an intimate concert turned into ‘I can’t believe the police are acting this way’….There was no danger in the crowd.”Here’s video footage of DeMarco’s arrest:
R.J. Mitte, aka Flynn/Walt Jr of the esteemed show Breaking Bad, debuted his musical talents as a DJ this Friday night at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square.After a short opening set from his friend DJ Mia, RJ took to the turntables and graced the dance hall with an eclectic selection of tunes from his personal taste, as well as themes from the show. Pairing tracks like Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and the catchy “Heisenberg Song” by Los Cuates de Sinaloa from Season 2 of Breaking Bad, made for an interesting and energetic set. The whole time, RJ could be seen interacting with his fans, throwing out blue “meth” (dyed sugar) to the crowd, giving handshakes and high fives, and keeping the attitude positive. At one point, he even donned the famous Heisenberg Hat, making it a true treat for both fans of the music and the show.You can catch RJ at any of the remaining dates of the Breaking Beats tour04-11 Lyndhurst, NJ @ Veranda04-25 Las Vegas, NV @ Chateau04-26 Scottsdale, AZ @ Hi FiPhotos by Sascha Taylor Larsen
On Thursday, April 23rd, Halestorm led The Carnival of Madness to the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, supported by Pretty Reckless. Promoting their newest album, Into the Wild, Halestorm included ten new tracks in their setlist for metalheads to enjoy. This might have had to do with the fact that Yahoo! LiveStream was recording the show, but the band came to play, all the same, with expected high energy and spitfire persona. All members seemed to be having a blast on stage throwing picks like ninja stars at each other and the crowd—good to see musicians having fun doing what they love.An impressive guitar solo from Lzzy Hale in “Dear Daughter” was a pleasant surprise in the middle of the set, as inspirational lyrics to the women in attendance led everyone to stand silently, hanging onto each moment. Lzzy Hale took time to preface the song by thanking her parents and telling concert goers to, “Go for it,” because, “the 9-5 will always be there.” This came off as genuine and sincere with Lzzy flicking picks to young members in attendance, hoping to inspire future rockers.Immediately following “Dear Daughter,” Lzzy’s brother Arejay Hale took the spotlight and busted out an impressive, lengthy drumming frenzy—the crowd felt beats through their chest in rapid succession. Arejay is a certified maniac on the drums and he does not have to prove it to anyone. The way he plays, jumping around, flipping and throwing stick around stage is a sight to see in it of itself.Halestorm, is lucky to be fronted by a guitarist and vocalist like Lzzy Hale. She is a bad ass, crushing heavy guitar riffs and belting killer vocals. If you get the opportunity to catch Halestorm in action, GO! This band is the full package of talent, entertainment, crowd interaction, showmanship.Setlist and photos can be seen below:Setlist: Halestorm ~ 04.23.2015 ~ Tabernacle, Atlanta, GAScreamLove Bites (So Do I)Freak Like MeI Get OffAmenSick IndividualMz. HydeI Am the FireThe ReckoningDear DaughterDrum SoloMayhemIt’s Not YouApocalyptic I Miss the MiseryEncore:Gonna Get MineI Like It HeavyHere’s to Us Load remaining images
[Photos by Patrick Hughes] Last Friday, November 6th, The Motet kicked off their two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, with NYC natives Chromatropic starting the night right.Chromatropic began in a lulled g minor rubato flow. Instantly, the rage zombies marched forward in a fashion no military would approve. Two by two they walk toward the front, as the band stands high above on stage. The quintet begins to add noble gases necessary to the atmosphere they’re pushing.A disco beat begins non-chalantly, “You Should Be Dancin’” is ringing in the subconscious as this air noise turns into boogie fodder. They’re totally at home opening for The Motet, and I daresay they would be for Jamiroquai and Tony Williams, too (just to give you a spectrum).To generally describe the sound they have: picture Jazz guitar over house beats, progressively arranged, all in the final form of a jam band. The band went from a 7/8 groove, flawlessly into the drumless intro of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Kendrick Lamar. That’s when the march of people turned into a run. Every note was right on, and the guitars were in the tone zone. It’s almost like listening to a remix.Chromatropic is well versed and well rehearsed, they were thoroughly prepared yet unpredictable. This was based on intangible agreements all musicians make on stage with each other, sonically. The groove was impeccable. It’s egoless; the instrumental ensemble never steps on its own feet. Its unassuming, and sexy 20somethings, middle-aged lovebirds, and stoic bouncers all are tempted to move by the songs they play. Every moment is the time of their lives on stage.The band could have that sort of mighty ubiquitous following within the decade; keep your eyes and ears open. If you like House, Electronica, Funk, and Jazz Fusion and are looking for a group who does it all and each, here you go.To be quite honest, it’s difficult to take notes at a Motet show. It’s difficult to stand in front of the bar waiting for a drink, too. It’s really difficult to do anything but give them your undivided attention while onstage. Their funk is insatiably filthy yet pristine. They have all the trappings of any worshipper of rhythm.The Septet and its intercontinental palate took us from the Brooklyn Bowl to Harlem with its backbeat, to the Caribbean with its tumbao, and all the way back to Africa with the almighty groove. The Motet fans the fire bequeathed to all us listeners by The Famous Flames, The Meters, and Fela Kuti.There is a caliber to their musicianship that makes the ticket you pay for feel like a bargain. Each player is master of their frequency, they never get in each other’s ways in melody or harmony, and everyone’s got a smile on their face.Even their front man, Jans Ingber, plays tambourine, congas, and a shakere throughout the set. He does so not as a singer who doesn’t know what to do with his hands, but as a class act of a percussionist. Everyone on stage had an instrument, and everyone mesmerized. This was my first Motet show, but it won’t be my last.
After an announcement yesterday of an additional four shows to their 2016 tour, Tool and Primus have added another two shows in the Sunshine State. On January 28th the tour will hit UCF Arena in Orlando, FL and two nights later on the 30th, Tool & Primus will take on Pensacola Bay Center before wrapping up the tour in New Orleans on the 31st at the Smoothie King Center.Tickets for the Florida shows go on sale Friday, December 4th. You can find tickets for certain dates on sale right now through Primus’ website here.Tool and Primus January Tour Dates (New additions in bold)January 9 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas ArenaJanuary 13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T CenterJanuary 14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota CenterJanuary 16 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK CenterJanuary 17 – Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon TheatreJanuary 19 – Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Landers CenterJanuary 20 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint CenterJanuary 22 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz CenterJanuary 23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone ArenaJanuary 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy CenterJanuary 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles ColiseumJanuary 28 – Orlando, FL @ UCF ArenaJanuary 30 – Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Bay CenterJanuary 31 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center