Family Band’s Upstate Forest Party

Dan Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Dept. of Eagles also performed a brief set, asking not to be filmed, maybe because he was working out new mateiral. His set included a Townes Van Zandt cover and also a 12 string guitar. Still amazed by those things! How do you ever play that well? If we even tried to touch it we’d immediately drop it. It looks as daunting as complicated math. After Rossen’s technical fireworks and Family Band’s gorgeously stoic darkness, Matthew Houck, bka Phosphorescent, took the stage with a freewheeling set of…whatever the audience wanted. We were just stoked to hear an extended, sloppy (in an appealing Crazy Horse way) solo rendition of “At Death, a Proclamation.” Was everyone buzzed at this point? It seemed like it. Maybe we were all just stoked on nature?

Also included after the evening’s musical performances: a bonfire the size of most small buildings, a mysterious performance in the woods that involved a dude standing on a massive stump doing poses and growling into a microphone in-between two torches at like 2:30 in the morning, and the best vibes ever. The rumor is that Krans and Ollsin have plans to do this next year on a smaller, tighter scale. We’re all for it, but the looseness of the original is the kind of thing we’ll try to explain to our kids and fail really badly at. We’re already counting down the days until next year.

See more photos from the event by FADER contributor Daniel Arnold, here.

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POSTED August 2, 2011 12:18PM IN EVENTS SPECIALS, MUSIC NEWS TAGS: , , , , , , , ,




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