Catskill Chill Music Festival Preview: The Bands You Must See!

From September 7th-9th, Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY will host the annual Catskill Chill Music Festival.  This festival features a diverse array of national and local artists playing all types of music including funk, reggae, jam, blue grass, electronic and more!  Originally beginning in 2010, the Catskill Chill Music Festival has expanded to 3 full days of music with over 40 bands on three stages, including free camping and parking.

The Catskill Chill Music Festival is located in the beautiful hills of the Catskill Mountains, full of beautiful woods and scenery.  While there are over 40 great bands on the lineup for this festival, we broke it down and have featured some of the must-see acts that will be sure to make you dance and groove throughout the weekend.

Electronic-rock giant, Lotus will be headlining the festival this year.  Lotus features Mike Greenfield on drums, Jesse Miller on bass/sampler, Luke Miller on guitar/keys, Chuck Morris on percussion and Mike Rempel on guitar.  Founded in 2001, Lotus has made a huge impression on the festival circuit playing and headlining most electronic based festivals around the country in the last few years.  With their heavy electronic beats, mixed with synths and samples, Lotus has developed a dedicated following and they will definitely be one of the highlights of the Catskill Chill this year.

Organ-based jazz trio Soulive, will also be at the Catskill Chill this year.  Soulive features Alan Evans on drums, brother Neal Evans on organ/keys, and Eric Krasno on guitar.  Founded in 1999, Soulive has traveled the world impressing fans far and wide with their funky, soulful jazz hits.  They’ve collaborated with Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, and many more.  With a sound rooted in the likes of early 60’s and 70’s funk and jazz, Soulive continues to tear the roof off of every venue they play and will easily be one of the best sets to watch!

7-piece funk all-star collective Lettuce will also take the stage at this year’s Catskill Chill Music Festival.  Originally founded in 1992, Lettuce features Erick “E.D.” Coomes on bass, Neal Evans (of Soulive) on keys, Ryan Zoidis and Sam Kininger on saxophones, Eric Krasno (of Soulive) and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar, Adam Deitch (of Break Science) on drums.  This group has become a staple in the funk scene and is quickly becoming the go-to band festival funk band to really bring it.  Having all met at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Lettuce combined their talents to create one of the best funk bands on the planet.  In addition to their original tracks, their versions of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” and “Express Yourself,” continue to be their signature covers during their live performances.  Whatever you do while you’re at the Catskill Chill, don’t miss their set.  In their own words of the funk legends, “Lettuce turnip the beats.”

Electronic, dub duo Break Science will once again grace the Catskill Chill this year.  Break Science features Adam Deitch on drums and Borahm Lee on keys.  With a combined 30 years of experience in music and performing, Lee and Deitch continue to amaze crowds around the country.  Having worked with Wyclef Jean, the Fugees, Raekwon and GZA of Wu Tang, reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry, and John Scofield, Break Science really has roots established in almost every genre of music.  Nothing influences their sound more than hip-hop music, combined with Deitch’s breakbeat drumming style and Lee’s trip-hop/dub sounds on the keyboard, to create a truly unique sound of their own.

Rising rock sensation, The Heavy Pets, will also be in attendance again at this year’s festival.  The Heavy Pets features Jeff Lloyd and Mike Garulli, on lead guitar/vocals, Jim Wuest on keys/vocals, Jamie Newitt on drums, and Tony D’Amato on bass/vocals.  Known for their ability of blend rhythm, blues, jazz, funk, and reggae with rock and roll, the Heavy Pets are quickly making a name for themselves across the festival circuit.

Kung Fu, based out of Connecticut, is quickly becoming an intricate part of the 2012 funk movement.  Combining electro-fusion, dance, and funk, Kung Fu is making classic music from the 70’s popular again.  Featuring Tim Palmieri on guitar, Robert Somerville on saxophone, Todd Stoops on keys, David Levels on guitar, and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion, they are sure to get you up and dancing from beginning to end.  Fans of Kung Fu have described their music as “lethal funk,” “explosive,” and “jaw dropping.”  You do not want to miss their set.

One of our favorite bands to emerge on the music scene in the last few years, Dopapod will return to throw down at the Catskill Chill this year.  Featuring Eli Winderman on keys, Neal “Fro” Evans on drums, Rob Compa on guitar, and Chuck Jones on bass, the experimental funk/rock group will play one of the best sets at the festival this September.  With a new album due out soon, Dopapod will have plenty of songs to choose from to fill their set.  Having never disappointed us, you will want to witness the magic of Dopapod.

Formed less than a year ago, the Alan Evans Trio is a 3-piece organ-based jazz trio that has exploded onto the scene.  After jamming with Beau Sasser at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton, MA for a long time, Alan Evans (of Soulive) decided it was time to start another band.  He travelled to California in 2011 to play with friend Danny Mayer and put together the idea of Beau, Danny, and Alan playing together.  Next thing you know, Danny is flying out to MA and recording their new album the first day they met.  The Alan Evans Trio features Beau Sasser (of Akashic Record) on the organ, Danny Mayer on guitar, and Alan Evans on drums.  Their first album, Drop Hop, was a huge hit and after an extremely successful summer tour, the guys will be back on the road this fall with an extensive number of dates all around the country.  Thankfully, management at the Catskill Chill festival know good music and what a show they will put on.  Whatever you do, make sure you are at the stage to witness the magic that is the Alan Evans Trio.

Beginning in 2007, DAMN RIGHT! actually formed on stage at the 8×10 in Baltimore, MD.  The venue allowed them to find their sound through seasonal residencies which eventually led to the foundation that is DAMN RIGHT! today.  The trio features Tommy Bradel on drums, Johnny Fissinger on bass, and Blake Mobley on keys.  Their sound, which combines electronic breaks, hip hop samples, and pop synths, transforms a show into a serious dance party.

Electronic producer extraordinaire Jeff Bujak of Northampton, MA will make a stop at the Catskill Chill this year.  Having built a strong following as a solo producer, keyboardist, and composer, Bujak has essentially designed a new style of “intelligent dance music” combing electronic beats and loops with samples and improv and composed pieces.  Having released 4 studio albums and over 120 live albums, Bujak is quickly becoming a big part of the electronic dance scene.

The On The Spot Trio will also return to the Catskill Chill festival this September.  OTS trio features Danny Mayer (of the Alan Evans Trio) on guitar, Jeff Wilson on drums, and Kristopher Yunker on organ/keys.  Formed in 2006, OTS combines funk, soul, and jazz to create “a psychedelic dance party for the ages.”  Based out of the Bay Area in California, they have really established themselves as a regular at Moe’s Alley, Don Quixote’s Music Hall and the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA.  Having shared the stage with members of Soulive, Galactic, Trey Anastasio Band, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, they have enough experience to headline their own festival from beginning to end.

Tickets are available via  The festival takes place September 7th-9th at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY.  For more information visit and be sure to “like” the Catskill Chill Music Festival on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @CatskillChill to keep up with the latest festival information and updates.


~ by creativesolutionsmusic on August 8, 2012.

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