This weekend, from September 6-8, Catskill Chill Music Festival makes its triumphant return to the scenic Camp Minglewood in upstate New York. Held on the grounds of a performing arts camp nestled in the western Catskill Mountains, beside a picturesque lake, it's no wonder someone decided to hold a festival here—the place is literally designed for it.
With several stages already built into the grounds, all of which have roofs for a rain free music experience (and if you're lucky, the now sold-out cabins for lodging) ,the grounds at Camp Minglewood are a large part of the reason people have grown to love this festival so much. Throw in the new Redbull Campsite DJ Truck, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, nightly communal bonfires, an Acoustic Junction to catch a different side of your favorite bands, and an open mic area, and this place turns into heaven for festivalgoers. Additionally, for anyone who has attended sleep-away camp, the merging of present and past lives (or possibly continuing present lives) is almost too nostalgic to handle. For those who haven't had that opportunity, here is your chance to get a taste of what it is like to spend time at a home away from home. There's good reason why the idea of the “Chill Fam” has been so widely accepted and flaunted by past attendees. Entering into it's fourth year and growing from an inaugural year of under 1,000 people to what will undoubtedly be another sold out event of 5,000 people, the quality of the lineup keeps getting better as the intimate vibes stay the same, enticing patrons to come back every year with more and more of their friends and expanding the Chill Fam with like-minded individuals from all over.
All of the good vibes and beautiful scenery in the world mean nothing for a festival, however, if the talent isn't on the lineup. In Catskill Chill's case, the lineup is completely overloaded. From top to bottom, the organizers of this event have outdone themselves--it's almost mind blowing! Pulling from some of the biggest names in the jam and electronic worlds, the festival boasts top tier acts that include late nights from Conspirator, Lettuce, Brothers Past, Orchard Lounge, Kung Fu, and RAQ. In what is sure to be an epic segment Sunday night, young giants Dopapod and Papadosio are playing back to back sets before combining members for the highly anticipated Dopadosio set to end the weekend. On the flip side, the up-and-comers on the bottom half of the lineup are THE up-and-comers of the scene. If you live in the surrounding Catskill Chill region, hopefully you were lucky enough to catch one of the pre-parties this weekend at The Haunt in Ithaca, New York. Featuring local favorites SOLARiS and Jersey-boys FiKus, there is no way this show was anything less than a total rager. Between SOLARiS' hard-hitting and largely improvised electronic jams and FiKus' smooth brand of electro-funk-rock, those in Ithaca this past weekend must have had an absolute blast. If you don't live anywhere near Ithaca or did not know about this pre-party, have no fear! Round two comes tomorrow in the form of a pre-party at the highly esteemed Brooklyn Bowl, featuring monsters of funk Turkuaz, who are about to kick off their month-long residency at the venue, the always groovy Aqueous, and electro-indie rockers Jimkata.
Speaking of Jimkata, if we can delve a bit deeper into one of the aforementioned up-and-comers, these guys ROCK. One of the best parts of music festivals is discovering new music and it is highly likely that these Ithaca natives will have a legion of new fans after the upcoming weekend. After a year of hard touring behind their latest record, Die Digital, the quartet is gearing up for the release of a live album due out this fall, titled 10 More Songs!, to showcase their ability to create a rockin' live experience for fans new and old. In a day and age where record sales mean very little monetarily and most of an artist's revenue comes from touring and ticket sales, Jimkata is the kind of band that uses this knowledge to their advantage. A tight live show that includes thoughtful lyrics, a keen rock sensibility, and improvisational prowess have put these guys on the fast track to success and are going to keep them around for a long time. Be sure to be at the B Stage at 6:45 pm this Friday to warm up those dancing shoes before Lotus takes the Main Stage at 8pm. You're not going to want to miss this set, and you're certainly going to need the warm-up.
We hope you've gotten your tickets to Catskill Chill this weekend, from September 6-8, because this festival is on the verge of selling out and you don't want to be left out of the premiere end-of-summer extravaganza in the northeast. Trust us, when everyone comes home raving about the best weekend of the year, you'll wish you listened to your friends at Joonbug. See you there, Chill Fam!