The seventh annual Catskill Chill Music Festival took place this past weekend in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, with headlining performances from Mike Gordon, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Dopapod, Goldfish, Twiddle, Perpetual Groove, Turkuaz, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, and more. Kicking off with the Thursday Pre-Party, the New Minglewood campgrounds were thumping with music for four sunny days and pleasantly chilly nights, all the way into the wee hours of Monday.
Let’s relive the special moments at Catskill Chill 2016.
Really, every moment was special. We’re just shedding light on a few of our favorites!
Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven East Coast debut
“Alright, so what we’re gonna do with you is take a little trip into the body and the mind,” said Reed Mathis as he slid into a groovy bassline. On Friday evening everyone at the Catskill grounds was making moves towards the B Stage to see what the first Classical Dance Music group was all about. This was Electric Beethoven’s debut show on the East Coast, and even Mike Gordon, spotted hanging out in the crowd, made a point to check it out before his show later that night. The set included several Ludwig van Beethoven originals, including “In Memory Of A Great Man” and “Funeral March”, their original composition and structural depth undeniably present but excitingly twisted into funk-rock jams.
Sundown, funk out set with George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
On Friday night the infamous George Clinton aroused the Catskill crowd with his funk classics, vibrant attire and energetic P-Funk crew. As the sun went down, everyone at Catskill Chill was grooving, even Sir Nose, to favorites like “One Nation Under A Groove”, “(Not Just) Knee Deep” and “Flash Light”.
Mike Gordon’s “Yarmouth Road” encore
This was bassist Mike Gordon’s first time playing with his band since February, and with the crowd already warmed up from Pink Talking Fish, Gordon was ready to deliver. Backed by Robert Walter (keys), John Kimock (drums), Craig Myers (percussion) and Scott Murawski (guitar), Gordon played a fair mix of his own originals as well as a few new Phish tunes, including “Let’s Go” and “Waking Up Dead”, which were debuted on Phish’s tour this summer but have not been played since. Notably, he ended the set with a Banshee pedal reggae punch: Gordon and Murawski’s co-written “Yarmouth Road”.
The Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass sing-along to “Friend Of The Devil”
Joined by good friends J.P. and Patrick Biondo of Cabinet, Williams was ready to play a down-home grassy Dead set at this year’s Catskill Chill. The setlist speaks for itself, chock full of fun tunes, with a memorable crowd effort on “Friend Of The Devil” and a classic Keller twist on the “They Cumberlove Each Other” mashup. And of course, we were pokin’ around at the “Shakedown Street” closer.
“Hotel California” during Dopakuaz Does Yacht Rock
Dopapod and Turkuaz had no problem cozying up on the B Stage Saturday night, having played a Studio 54 set at Catskill Chill in 2015. This yacht rock-inspired collaboration took the late night crowd on a voyage through the deep sea of classic soft rock, complete with skipper hats, blow up rafts, crowd dives, and Hall & Oates and Steely Dan mashups. The whole set was a nostalgic beach party, but undeniably one of the most memorable moments was when Dopapod’s Rob Compa stepped up to the mic and nailed the Don Henley vocals on a dramatic rendition of “Hotel California”.
The Latenight Hall reached full capacity when ChillFam Allstars played Michael Jackson
Starting after 2 a.m. with a mix of members from Kung Fu, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fish, Eric Krasno Band, Particle and Deep Banana Blackout, this lineup had the Latenight Hall filled to the brim. Charleston, South Carolina’s American Idol finalist Elise Testone belted out Michael Jackson’s greatest hits down to every last ‘hooooo!’, leading the Allstars as they played hit after hit until nearly the break of dawn, including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, and “P.Y.T.”, to name a few.
Waking up on Sunday with Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down
Righteously kicking off the Sunday morning set with “Church”, Roosevelt Collier rejuvenated the Chill Fam with some buttery jams on the pedal steel guitar, backed by Compa and Eli Winderman of Dopapod as well as Taylor Shell and Michelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz. The sun was rising high and mighty in the sky, shaping out to be a lovely autumn day, and there was no better way to greet it than with Collier and friends, who finished their Chill set with the Allman Brothers’ “Hot Lanta” and Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”.
Greensky Bluegrass’ “When The Doves Cry” opener
Never miss a Sunday show, at least that’s what they say – especially when Greensky Bluegrass is going to be there. As dusk approached, mandolinist and vocalist Paul Hoffman picked his way into an astounding rendition of Prince’s “When The Doves Cry”. Greensky’s energy only strengthened deeper into the set as they pulled out several tracks from their new album as well as their crowd favorite “I’d Probably Kill You”. To close out, the band welcomed Collier back on stage for a moving “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox”.
The list could go on forever, check out our extensive photo gallery of the weekend!