30 Live Acts and Over 18 Continuous Hours of Live Music
Guests, vendors, artists and musicians gathered once again on Saturday to celebrate the end of summer. The Spirit Lake area provided room for a wide range of creative talent to showcase their skills in costume design, wood working, lightening, painting, yoga, mediation, music, slacklining, juggling and hula hooping.
After checking in with the media area, the first set of live music I caught was with Larry Keel and company. The live group consisted of Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, (from Leftover Salmon,) and Jenny Keel on upright bass. The bluegrass and acoustic music was an excellent way to start off the day.
One of the covers that caught my attention was a tune titled ‘Piece of My Heart.’
The historic song was written by Jerry Ragovoy & Bert Berns and was originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967. It was made famous when Big Brother and the Holding Company adopted the track with Janis Joplin on lead vocals in 1968.
The Meadow Stage was overloaded with international musicians as Antibalas performed early Saturday afternoon. The skies were clear, and the music lifted spirits at the Suwannee Music Park.
Listen in to some of the concert from one of the live tweets we sent out during the festival. Scan over photos from their performance.
The Brooklyn/Dallas jazz group known as Snarky Puppy performed on The Patch stage midday Saturday. Browse over the setlist, photos and a live audio recording from their concert.
Terova, Go, Grown Folks, White Cap, Thing of Gold, What About Me
Lettuce & Cheese at Hulaween 2016
Two big acts that performed Saturday evening was Lettuce, and The String Cheese Incident. In contrast with one another, Lettuce had one set, and String Cheese performed three sets. The second set for SCI was filled with shocking covers and throwback jams.
String Cheese always plays 7 sets at Hulaween spanning over the 3 days. Cheese fans get 1 special Hulaween treat each year, being the 2nd SCI set on the Saturday of Hulaween. This year String Cheese Incident took us back to the 80’s with their Stringier Things set on Saturday.
The boys had practiced and it showed, they absolutely nailed all of the covers with the help of the Antibalas horns and Rhonda Thomas and Tony White on vocals. The set was started off with the Stranger Things or in this case Stringier Things theme and had sprinkles of it through out the night. For the 2nd straight year, SCI encored Saturday night with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”
The String Cheese Incident Setlist on 10/29/16:
Set 1: Stop Drop Roll, Rhum ‘N’ Souc, Restless Wind, I Wish, Turn This Around, Joyful Sound, Rumble, Can’t Wait Another Day
Set 2: Would I Lie To You?, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Upside Down, She Blinded Me With Science, Let’s Groove Tonight, White Wedding, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Love Shack, Another One Bites The Dust>White Lines>The Safety Dance>Come On Over Eileen>Relax>Thriller>Never Gonna Give You Up>Don’t You Want Me>Burning Down The House
Set 3: Colorado Bluebird Sky, Sweet Spot, Rivertrance, Believe, Way Back Home, Rubiks Cube Jam, Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Colliding
Encore: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
Late Night on Saturday at Hulaween 2016
Each act takes a different approach to music. The Revivalists, a New Orleans-based band, is more aggressive and in your face. Bob Moses on the other hand, is from Vancouver, and conducts more of an electronica sound.
The Revivalists Setlist:
Bulletproof, Stand Up, Criminal, It was a Sin, Fade Away, Closer, Hand that Feeds, All in the Family, Fireflies, Wish I Knew You
Bob Moses Setlist:
Like it or Not , Far from the Tree, Talk, Before I Fall, All I Want, Grace, Tearing Me Up, Keeping me Alive, Touch & Go
STS9 threw down a monster set on The Patch stage. Their live set filled with audience with blood pumping music. Alana Rocklin continues to impress on the bass, and Zach Velmer has not lost a step. The drumming of Velmer in STS9 creates intense and remarkable performances.
Disclosure closed down music on the Meadow Stage with electronic pop music. It was a decent live set, but I do value Big Gigantic for being able to mix it up with The String Cheese Incident. Musical acts that lack the ability to join other musicians on stage have a one trick pony element to them.
Overall, music on Saturday was filled with memorable moments from each of the live performances.