85 days until the Electric Forest

Let the countdown begin! The weekend in the Forest is quickly approaching and sometimes I catch myself being overly excited for being still being 12 weeks out. So to tame my enthusiasm, it’s time to take a look at some more artists on the lineup.

Vau de Vire Society – TALENT is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about this group. Even through their posted YouTube videos I find myself in awe. My best personal description would be that of an EDGY Cirque du Soleil on crack (Check out their video to see them in action)- and I love it. As described on their Facebook page: “This Avant-Cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nations most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists and circus side-show acts, an array of unique fire-performers, a handful of gifted thespians and a barrage of the most enticing go-go’s.” Even though the video below doesn’t really showcase all of the talent…I do hope this is exactly what might happen in the Forest…and keep in mind an EDGY Cirque du Soleil…

Morning Teleportation – All the online chatter about this band is that their amazing live and one not to miss. According to the band, “To witness Morning Teleportation’s live show is to experience a cacophony of improvisational mayhem draped with melodic twists and turns. Merritt’s vocals dart sharply about the frantic, pulsing backbeat held down by the rhythm section, while his spacey fingerstyle guitar prowess embodies a style best described as “finger-trippin.” And while their sound may be somewhat more modern than several of their cited heroes (including James Gang and CSNY), you should make no mistake: these are still some boys who want nothing more than to have a good time in the classic rock idiom.” Check out their song Just a Figment and give a listen for yourself.

DrFameus – According to Dr Fameus,  Drums + Computers = F U N ! ;0)…and I’d have to agree. The mad man behind DrFameus is drummer Allen Aucoin and explores everything from breakbeats to drum ‘n’ bass to dubstep to techno/house. This is sure to be a fun set that I don’t think I want to miss come Forest time.

Robert Rich – Looking for that perfect artist to listen to while laying in your hammock? Well look no further…”Across three decades and over 30 albums, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).” This music defines “chill” for me and is a soothing lullaby for those afternoons, laying in the hammock, staring up at the tree tops…

Quixotic – Spectacular…Amazing…WOW…kind of speechless in a good way…Here’s a description (but PLEASE just go watch this video NOW from a TedxTalks Event no less!), “Quixotic, is an ensemble of artists from various disciplines including aerial acrobatics, dance, fashion, film, music and visual f-x. This inventive group of artists goes beyond the limits of any specific art form, challenging traditional perceptions and creating a total sensory experience unlike any other for its audience while exploring infinite possibilities of movement, sound and multimedia.”

Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp– with a genre defined as Booty Jams, I can probably dig it. Couldn’t find any listening samples for your pleasure but their short bio gives you a few into their sounds- “Longtime friends and conspirators Chuck Flask and Keith Kemp began their musical voyage while spinning vinyl in the Detroit underground scene. A common sound developed that seamlessly transitions from minimal, Detroit techno and through to deep house and ghetto-tek. With similar and eclectic musical backgrounds, each member brings a specific set of overlapping talents to the turntables through their mixing, programming, performance and experience. Technical performers who first started playing vinyl, their combined DJ experience and record collection have given them techno’s greatest tools in all creative areas of electronic music. Their combined sonic chemistry and DJ techniques have firmly sharpened with the inclusion of Traktor. Exposing audiences to the next level of electronic music, Chuck and Keith are sure to including sirens, horns and spoken dialogue into their bag of tricks and classics.

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