Just when you thought a weekend of music hosted by String Cheese Incident couldn’t get any better, they go and add a diverse selection of bands to fill out the Hulaween weekend. Are you looking for some musical wisdom that explores the depths of improvisation in an ever-evolving roster of musicians? Look no further, because Steve Kimock & Friends will be permeating the Suwannee air with sweet sounds of Hammond B3 organs and waves of electric guitars. You never know what to expect with this surprise lineup of musical genius… the only guarantee is that it’s going to be one hell of a performance.
To help balance the scale between classic “jam” and psychedelic rock, there will be artists like Emancipator, Conspirator and Future Rock to move things into a more recent music world, where exploration between sounds, samples, and style play a role in sculpting “jamtronica” with a bit of flare. Emancipator dishes out trip-hop production, gathering melody, samples, and drum beats, and putting them all in one place – a beautiful song that has the ability to take you away to a soundscape rich in imagination.
If you have never seen Conspirator at the Spirit of Suwannee, then you are in for a treat. The laser show that plays along the hanging moss surrounding the main stage is a mind-bending sensation for the eyes. It will leave you with your jaw on the ground, and the sounds will keep you dancing and moving for the entire set. The last time they played at Suwannee, they even did an instrumental cover of Daft Punk’s “One More Time”, so you can expect to hear some musical surprises sprinkled into their set.
And what would a festival at Suwannee be without a Sunday serenade with Brock Butler? The perfect wind-down to a festival, Brock sings to campgoers lovely covers from Peter Gabriel and The Eels, paired with some originals too. You can enjoy Florida craft beer while rays of sunshine beam down on all who choose to gather around Brock and his guitar. I can think of no better way to reflect on a glorious weekend of music and magic, ghosts and goblins, hoops and fairies, and memories that will last a lifetime.