The Electric Forrest Festival 2014 In Review

This year’s Electric Forrest Festival saw young people, kids, artists, nature lovers and over 40,000 hippies attending the fest. The festival featured live music on five stages. The major attraction of the festival was Sherwood Forest which was a wooded area loaded with secret saloons, hammocks, intimate hangout spaces and meditation gardens.

Here is a sneak peek into the musical highs and major events of the festival:

One end of the festival area had the Tripolee Stage which rolled out mesmerizing music by great artists such as Justin Martin, Art Department and Bro Safari throughout the weekend. The other side of the forest had the Sherwood Forest Stage which was jam-band oriented. The stages located in the middle gave a reasonable mix of both. The fact that the crowd of music lovers was not segregated by genre bears ample testimony to the fact that while the source of the music may be different, the spirit of music lovers of every genre is essentially the same.

The String Cheese Incident’s Multisensory Spectacular

The band String Cheese Incident began its Saturday night performance with the visual production of classic video games such as Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers. To this were added a huge inflatable dice, Pac-man puppets, butterfly shaped confetti, Brazilian dancers and fireworks. As the music grew jammier, the words “connect with nature” flashed on the screen. The entire performance was a jaw dropping spectacle of joy. The show was actually a collaboration between The String Cheese Incident and Ms. Lauryn Hill but by the time she arrived onstage after the first song, the bar had already been set too high.

Psychedelic Friendship Bingo

This was a late night theatrical performance/bingo game show which included a number of dance sessions, dirty jokes, candy giveaways, songs and painting a man in mustard for falsely calling out Bingo.

The Fungineers

This was a musical performance cum puppet show that featured a dinosaur attempting at sex with a tree, a sexy platypus and two monkey puppets that had horns and were singing “Have you had sex with a unicorn? You Will”. Overall, it was a hilarious happening in the heart of the forest.

Four days of the festival from June 26 to June 29 saw blue skies and ideal daytime temperatures giving way to warm summer starry nights which did not need anything more than a jacket. The festival had to be closed 15 minutes early on Sunday due to a thunderstorm which provided an exciting climax to the festival.

If your looking for any shirts or merchandise from the festival or any of the performing artists we recommend you check out www.bandshirtarchive.com or just hit up their massive list of bands to find any from this year’s festival.

Electric Forest Music Festival 2014 –A Stunning Lineup of Jam Bands

Gear up of four beautiful summer days filled with outrageous fun and doses of the best electronic music on this planet! All set to indulge fans into the deeper realms of mind blowing musical events at the Double JJ Ranch located in Rothbury– The Electric Forest Music Festival 2014 is all about world class DJs, enthusiastic performers and long weekend dancing.

Thousands of music lovers and revelers at the Festival are reminded of the extravagant performances of Flosstradamus, 311, Dave Mathews , Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and other phenomena idols in the past and are waiting with bated breath for the eclectic lineup of this year, which promises to have something for all kinds of music fans.

Read on for a quick look at five bands to check out at Electric Forest Festival 2014 (Jam Bands).

The String Cheese Incident

Hailing from Telluride and Crested Butte, Colorado and formed in 1993; the band comprises of Michael Travis (percussion and drums), Michael Kang (electric guitar, electric/ acoustic mandolin, and violin), Bill Kyle Hollingsworth (organ, Rhodes, piano, and accordion ), Nershi (lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar as well as electric slide guitar), Keith Moseley (bass guitar) and Jason Hann (with his auxiliary percussion). With elements of electronica, calypso, country, rock, funk, jazz, reggae, occasional psychedelia , Latin and progressive rock–this is one band to watch out for at the Festival!

Phish

Rock, jazz, hard rock, funk, progressive rock, folk, bluegrass, psychedelic rock, and blues….music by Phish blends elements belonging to a diverse range of genres. Their improvisational style; originality in selection/order of songs; and stunning performances have won them millions of fans from all across the world.

The Grateful Dead

Reputed for its eclectic and unique style, this American band was formed way back in 1965 in California. The Grateful Dead fuses elements of bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, folk, country, psychedelia, improvisational jazz, and yes, space rock too! Oft referred to as the Godfathers of the world of jam bands; they have sold over 35 million albums across the world.

The Allman Brothers Band

This amazing American blues/ rock band originates from Jacksonville, Florida and was formed by brothers Gregg Allman and Duane Allman ; along with Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks , Dickey Betts and Jai Johanny Johanson. They are appropriately the principal proponents of southern rock and skillfully blend elements of jazz, country music and blues in their live shows.

The Black Keys

Yet another American rock band, The black Keys was formed in the year 2001 in Ohio and boasts of Patrick Carney (drums) and Dan Auerbach (vocals, guitar). Their raw blues rock sounds draw heavily from the influences of Auerbach. Don’t miss their “Tighten Up”, which won three Grammy Awards in 2010!

So, are you all set to set your senses on fire at the Electric Forest Music Festival 2014?

Be there!