Presenting Your 2017 Electric Forest Festy Awards: Weekend Two

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Adam Straughn Photo: Adam Straughncenter_img Electric Forest boasts one of the most diverse festival lineups around, perfecting the Venn diagram model of bringing together the best in jam, electronic, funk, crossover acts, and everything in between. Beyond the music, Sherwood Forest is filled with all sorts of magical, bizarre, and unique musical experiences that one would never find anywhere else. With a little bit of something for just about everyone, we decided to break down our favorite sets from this past weekend by category. Presenting: your 2017 Electric Forest Weekend Two Festy Awards!Best Dance PartyThe String Cheese Incident graced the Ranch Area on Saturday night with a roaring dance party dubbed, “The Big Shebang.” String Cheese tore through the evening with a glistening matrimony of production and sound. The upbeat set touted both Cheese originals and covers, such as “Dear Prudence,” and spectacular collaborations. Artists Matisyahu and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, to name a couple, graced the stage for soul heavy, electronic jams. The four-hour long dance party was vast and impressive, transforming the Ranch Arena into an enlivening ballroom, leaving spirits upbeat and entranced.Best Rock and RollLotus rears a sound that is instrumental based, while it yet teeters on peculiar electronic synthesis. Lotus presented a Friday night set at Sherwood Court, boasting their archetypal confidence. Their sound was profound and cumbersome, while it threw nods to traditional rock and roll. The crowd was immersed in immense instrumentals and the upbeat vibe that ensued. Lotus’ set included established songs, “Flower Sermon>,” “Greet the Mind,” and “Move Too Fast,” while they included impressive takes on non-traditional content as well.Best JamsJam-heavy powerhouse, Lettuce, consumed the Forest once again for a lively set that boasted their unique sound, filled with blissfully intoxicating beats. With psychedelic undertones, the band encompassed attendees in rhythmic groove and upbeat energy. The marriage of synthesis along with tried and true instrumentals are what construct the band’s’ signature vibe. Those in attendance were not left disappointed to say the least, as the set commenced with powerful jams led by melodic melodies.JamtronicaJam band quartet TAUK undoubtedly brings the heat when it comes to the synthesis of electronic music and sweet, organic jams. Members Isaac Teel, Matt Jalbert, Charles Dolan, and Alric “A.C.” Carter have embedded their sound into the modern, progressive jam band era. Together, band members utilize an impressive array of instrumentals while they infuse electronic elements as well. This sets the stage, quite literally, for a unique presentation of sound that is truly glorious when seen live. Here, there are soulful elements with the principal features of rock and a glistening silver lining that dances on the border of electronic music. Any set touted by TAUK transcends what can be expected of live music, and their presentation at Electric Forest was no exception to that. Each member of the audience was entranced as the group constructed organic improvisations and band classics as well.Best Group CollabAlix Perez and bass-music heavyweight, EPROM, have joined forces to present, “Shades.” Individually, the artists are deeply rooted in bass-culture. EPROM crafts a sound that is deep, dark dance music material. Production on previous EP’s play around with the depths of bass music and emulate commendable manipulation of electronic synthesis. With the newest release of the 5-track EP, “Pineapple,” the artist evinces pure skill in the intertwining of bass with a high energy vibe, The production, Shades, with the help of Perez delves deeper into the depths of bass music shining a light on the work that is true head-banging music. The artists immersed the Tripolee stage in a dub-filled, glitch-laced fog.Best ElectronicNora En Pure is a hidden gem when it comes to electronic music. The petite blonde boasts a sound that bubbles with progressive delight and delivers the euphoric bedrock that shapes electronic music as a whole. The artist decorated her set with contemporary anthems and later blessed the crowd with her remix of “Hope.” Overall, the Nora En Pure takes the cake for best electronic artist of the weekend with her beautiful, light-hearted sound that penetrates each listener with great elation.Best DowntempoWhile the weekend was anointed with a plethora of smooth instrumentals, downtempo aficionados turned their heads to Conspirator. The duo, The Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner blend groovy acoustics with smooth beats that flows into the depths of smooth rhythms. The duo undoubtedly brought the heat for weekend two, with a high-energy feel and soul soothing euphoria. The downbeat vibe in conjunction with their unique craft shrouded the audience in bliss and marked them one of the weekend’s’ best acts.Most Genre-Binding SetArtists Ott and Russell Scott of Russ Liquid both approach electronic music with a unique touch. Ott’s music generates a sound that is psychedelic and electronically oriented, and while Russ Liquid has a similar foundation, Scott integrates traditional funk. The two came together to produce one of the most genre-binding sets of the weekend with a psychedelic groove. Ott has been a long awaited artist at Electric Forest as his set was canceled in 2016, but he evidently arrived this year with a boom, leaving the audience entranced.Best Act You Might Have MissedNahko and Medicine for The People closed out the Jubilee tent on Saturday night with a set that was not to be missed. The collective, reared by Nahko Bear, presents a take on organic acoustics, intertwining multicultural roots and an uplifting sound. The crowd was graced with tracks such as “Budding Trees,” a song that touches on manifesting dreams into reality. Overall, if you were lucky enough to be in attendance for this set, your spirits were undoubtedly in high spirits. This set was truly a treasure waiting to be found.Funkiest Electro/DiscoOpiou closed out the Jubilee tent on Saturday night with a funk-filled bang. The Australian-born is no stranger to electronica and funk with his integration of bubbling synthesis and prominent horns. The artist integrates glitch, funk, and jazz with an electronic take on traditional sound. Simply put, Opiou’s sound is a marriage of transcendental funk and an electronic kick. While his music boasts funk off of the stage, his lively set took it one step further. In exploring the dimensions of funk from a modern perspective, his set was one of the weekend’s funkiest.Weirdest Thing We SawKnown for constantly reinventing the wheel, a relatively new addition to the festival is the Hangar Stage — a trippy, 1940s-style saloon complete with a beauty parlor, buffing/massage station, fake tattoo parlor, bowling alley, barber shop, and more oddities. Hidden within this magical world is a secret speakeasy, only accessible to those gifted a special dog tag by someone “in the know.” Once inside, guests are greeted by early 20th century stewardesses who remain firmly in character and guided back to a special bar and lounge where a burlesque dancer and singer exhibits her “bare” talents for an unknowing audience. Someone even proposed on stage inside this spectacular secret hideaway!Trippiest Place to SeeWhile the festival’s lineup is not to be discredited, the music alone is not what keeps guests returning to Electric Forest year after year. Attendees seek weird and wonderful experiences inside the magical, mysterious world of Sherwood Forest. One welcome newcomer to the neighborhood this year was a psychedelic church, complete with pews, an alter, and a trippy backdrop centered around a third eye. At any given time of the day or night, you could find yourself at church in the midst of a wild dance party, game show, or some bizarre form of performance art.Dirtiest House MusicBlack Tiger Sex Machine graced Sherwood Court on friday night with their trademark sound. The trio boasts a high energy vibe that defines genres and delves into the depths of bass music. Their big-room sound was laced with hefty synthesis and attracts a crowd keen to the undeniable dirty house.See below for a full gallery from both weekends by photographer Adam Straughn!Electric Forest 2017 | Photos by Adam Straughnlast_img read more

Editorial: Thank you for sharing your voice

first_imgThis is the place where we learn what our readers think about Donald Trump or the national anthem protesters or climate change or the casino or Congress or other public servants. It’s where people can write what they know and like about political candidates. It’s a forum for them to lobby their fellow readers on issues of local importance like library votes and land sales or zoning decisions. It’s a place where people can share their experiences with the care they received, good or bad, at a hospital or a nursing home, where they can say thank-you to the good Samaritan who didn’t leave a name, where they can rave about that great local production or the volunteers who put on an event. It’s where they can take issue with the opinions expressed in our columns and editorials. This is where the discussion can be as individual as the fear of cars speeding on a neighborhood street or as collective as the threat of nuclear war.Our letters run the gamut of the political and societal spectrum. No letter is rejected or edited because it takes a particular point of view on any issue. We believe our society benefits from exposure to all points of view, even those points some might find disagreeable.As 2017 edges to a close, The Gazette has received letters from more than 1,135 separate individuals and published nearly 1,400 letters overall. The writers’ names are listed below.Many readers write only once, while others use the opportunity to speak their minds regularly throughout the year. We get most of our letters by email these days. But a surprising number of readers still write their letters by hand and mail or fax them in.We’re pleased to be able to provide this community forum for our readers, and we want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your voice.CONTRIBUTORS TO YOUR VOICEJeanne AbernathyEddy AbrahamRobert AbramsCarol AccorsiKermit Ackley Sr.Fred AcuntoMarcia AdamsRonald AdamsWilliam AikenWilliam AlbersJonathan AlbertNicholas AlejandroVince AlescioAl AlexanderPatty AlheimEric AlmondJeff AltamariStephen B. AmesStephen AndersonRichard AngelloLinda AngelloJohn AngillettaBetty ApkarianMichael AragosaMike AragosaPaul J. ArcieroMichael ArmstrongJeff ArnowEleanor AronsteinPhil AronyDeborah AshlineMaureen AumandBrian BackusJohn BaetaniJames BaileyBrian BaldwinKaren BallesterDeb BallietStephanie BandosikAnne BarkelyLyle BarlynDave BarnesSamantha BarnesDiane BarneySara BaronJohn BaroneBruce Barringer Sr.Charles BaryanyaiBenjamin BaskinPeter BauerJudy BeckSharon BeckerGlenn BeckerVincent BelardoBob BeliveRon BelliAndy BelniksTammy BemisNeufeldRuth BenacquistaJuliet BenaquistoJohn BennetRichard BennettKenneth BensonRoger BensonStephen BentonBeth BergmanFrank BerlinEdward BernierJoe BialekAnthony BiscottiChristine BishopMary BlaauboerFrank BlairShelia BlaschKen BlattSteve BloodGloria BlumAndrew BlumbergMike BlyskalMick BlyskelCaroline BoardmanJohn BoardmanGlenn BoldDiane BollingerJoni BonillaSander BonvellStacey L. BormanDennis BouchardAshley Jeffrey BouckLiz BourgestAllison BoyajianAllison BoyajianPeter BoydLauren BoydGordan BoydKathleen BoyleBeverly BoyleHerbert BoytonEd BradtClayton BradtDon BraimRobert BramskiIrene BrazelleWalter “Neal” BrazelleJordon BreaneauHelen BreckerDenis BrennanKen BressDavid BrinkmanMaxine BrisportJames BrodieAlbert BrombertJames BrophyGeorge BroughamMichael BrownArlene BrownGeorge BrownDale M. BrownCharles BrownDavid BrownMaggie BrownJudith BrownAlex BrownsteinPatricia BruschettiNathan BruschiSean BryantAndrea BryneScott BrysonJerry BubniakGary BuczkowskiRalf BuengenerJohn A. BulgaroSteve BulgerSteven BulgerAnn BullockFrank  BurckerKathleen BurkeSophia BurnettBernard BurnsDiane Chignon BurnsSusan BurtonEmily BushBruce BussetPeter ButrynAlan BuzanowskiBonita CadeHelena CalvanoBruce CampbellKristin CanjuraConcetta CannizzanoJames CapassoJane CapelloGail CapobiancoFrank CaponeRon CapulloAngela CapulloEdward A. 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TrinciLauren TrinkoPeter TrolioCeleste TrotzDeborah TrudeauBarbara TrypalukSusan TucciJan TucciPaula TuckerBenjamin TuranBob TurnerMarge UgaldeDennis UleryJack UnderwoodSuzanne UngerPaul UppalMeghan A. UsmaniMatt VainauskasMary Jane ValachovicWilliam F. ValachovicJames ValachovicDick ValeHenry van de HeeverPhyills Van SteenbrughEdward VanderwallMary Jo VendettiRose VerroBob VielkindJim VincentTed VinickHoward ViplerAnn VitaleJoe VivaPaul VolskyMargaret VozzyDale Wade-KeszeyEdward WagnerJoan WagnerEdward F. WagnerLonsdale WalkerJim WallaceChristopher WallinHans WalterJance WalzJanice WalzPhillis WangPhyills WangJohn WardDave WardJulie WashRaymond WatkinPeter WatrousBarbara WattJean WeedRussell WegeRay WeidmanJane WeiheJerry WeisgrauMarcia WeissDavid WelchBill WempleRay WempleRobert WernerMary WhiteBob WhiteFranks WicksAdriane WildersMichael WillLisa WillardHeather WilliamsJackie WilliamsDouglas WilliamsTom WilliamsWilliam D. WillsMax Wilner-GiwercStacy WilsonMalcolm WilsonDarchelle WinchellPolly WindelsMartha WinstenCatherine WinterGlenn WiteckiBernard WitkowskiChristine WitkowskiJoseph WolfeEric WoodC. Ann WoodSidney J. WoodcockDon WoodsGeorge WoodzellLarry WoolbrightBill WrayDustin G. WrightAdam WrigleyWalter WrobleWalter WrobleLeon WroblewskiCarl YanochCaroll YanochKokwai YapAllen YerdanJohn ZaluckiMorgan ZegersMelissa ZiekerCynthia ZielaskowskiFrederick ZiemannDave ZilcoskyCass ZilcoskyPamela A. ZilkaPierre ZimmermanDarcy ZinkZdenek ZonalSpero ZoulasTheresa ZubretskyIf you wrote a letter in 2017 and your name doesn’t appear, we apologize. Please let us know.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionYou provide the ink. We’ll provide the pad.And together as a community, we’ll all learn something about one another and the way we each view the world.We call our Letters-to-the-Editor section “Your Voice” because it’s your opportunity to react to the news, to share your thoughts about something you might have read or something that happened to you, to agree or disagree with one someone else in a non-threatening forum, and to share information you have that you might want others to know. Your voices not only illuminate and educate your fellow readers, but often entertain them. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 24

first_imgCyclists are entitled to share in freedomIn Brian Pelletier’s Oct. 19 letter (“Cyclists don’t belong on roads with cars”) concerning those who ride bicycles on roads, the writer enumerated the many requirements and restrictions facing citizens who want to travel by auto on “public roads,” including license, registration, taxes, tolls and insurance. It’s a valid point. One wonders what a pioneer explorer like Daniel Boone would have thought upon learning that the modern American faces such obstacles to simply making their way about this great nation.One might also then reasonably expect the writer to admire and maybe even wish to join those fellow Americans who still resist the yoke and lash, and get about on bicycles, requiring naught but the strength of their own two legs.But sadly his sentiments are instead the resentment the un-free sometimes feel for the free, longing not so much for their own liberation but for equal bondage on all others. He urges that bicycles be banned from the public roadways, forcing their riders to surrender their independence and accept the wheeled prison cell that is the modern automobile, with all the state-mandated intrusions and burdens that entails. What a sad statement on the regard liberty-loving Americans may expect from some fellow citizens today.John MurphyNiskayunaWhat good have Dems done for us?Talk about turncoats. Democrats are tearing each other apart trying to outdo each other.Folks, Sen. Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, not a Democrat. Get it? Why is he allowed to run on the  Democratic ticket? Hmm. In doing so, he first ran against Hillary Clinton and  Socialist  Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, about the worst Speaker we’ve ever had, period, lets so-called Democrats push socialist views even more. Everything t President Trump has done since his first day in office, they hate and condemn. The economy is doing very well, especially for those who like working and investing.  President Trump’s decision on Syria and Turkey is spot on. How many more years are we supposed to be in Middle East? We’re at $8 trillion and counting, thanks to Bush and Obama.  Plus, the president shined spotlight on deep state Clintons and Obama.They should have been charged with crimes against America and put in prison. What people are afraid of I do not know. As Democrats/socialists say, no one is above the law. That goes for all races, creeds, etc. Lying politicians like Adam Schiff, AOC, Biden, and on, and on, Trump is and has been right about them, and the swamp. What have the Democrats truly done for nation, but tax and spend? True Socialists, that they are.Al MarvellScotiaWe can’t afford four more years of TrumpWhen will “Trumpsters” admit that “Mr.” Trump is selling away the United States, one piece at a time. He is constantly going against the Constitution and obstructs Congress. Before being shamed to dropping the idea, he planned to host the 2020 G7 meeting at his resort in Miami.First of all, this would be against the Constitution. Secondly, he probably doesn’t own most of the properties with his name on them.Russian billionaires and Russian and Chinese banks probably hold the mortgages, making Trump beholden to Putin, China and North Korea. The Turkish government paid him $10 million to have his name on its twin towers in Istanbul. Trump continues to refuse to have his financials investigated, because we would find out he is not as rich as he claims and who he really owes.Trump has got to go. We cannot afford to lose any more of our treasured allies, and especially our troops.Lou BachScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters should think what’s best for townFor the past two years, I have witnessed the Democratic Niskayuna Town Board thwart every suggestion put forth by our Republican supervisor. That supervisor was elected in a deeply “blue” town because of overwhelming dissatisfaction with the prior Democratic supervisor, who was seen by many as petty, vindictive and out of control.All of the Democratic candidates I heard at Tuesday’s forum presented by the League of Women Voters purported to be an independent voice of the people of the town. Yet, every one of them aligned themselves with one another, linking their views together as a bloc.That bloc has fought transparency by withholding the ministerial task of approving meeting minutes, violated environmental review laws around the outrageously over-budget Wastewater Treatment Facility, and, despite what several of the candidates argued, has failed to protect parkland, specifically Mohawk River State Park over which the town has a stewardship agreement with the state.For these reasons, even though I am deeply disheartened by Republican politics on the national level, this Democrat will not vote blue locally. I strongly encourage voters in the town of Niskayuna to educate yourselves, decide what you think is best for your town, and vote.Jeffrey MeyersNiskayunaBreak up mayor’s bloc and back RiggiSchenectady residents have no choice in 2019’s mayoral election, in a city where so many resent the antics and arrogance of Mayor Gary McCarthy. The best thing to do for the cause of open, trustworthy, responsive city government is to break up the four-person council clique, that passively enacts the mayor’s agenda, without discussion of alternatives, needed information, tough questions, or public debate.Two of McCarthy’s virtually-sure votes are running, Ed Kosiur and John Polimeni. Professor Polimeni’s record is so filled with unfinished and D-minus ideas, we should take away his seat. Polimeni has, e.g.: ignored the plain words of the union contract to seek sick leave reimbursement for the police chief; ignored enforceability to push for a local ban on plastic straws; ignored factual errors and the approved plan, to sign a petition to send Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park. And, he ignored universal calls for more details, to push his sidewalk assessment resolution in time for the election, which resulted in costs on Ardsley Road 84 percent higher than his estimates.Elect candidates likely to serve the people, not the mayor. Vote for independent Vince Riggi and perhaps withhold some votes. (Write in Riggi for mayor, too).David GiacaloneSchenectadyOfficials must do good by the peopleAll elected officials owe a dedication to the well-being of their people. In order to address the well-being of the people, you must hear the will of the people.Our concerns are simple and common sense. We demand a more just distribution of economic resources. Raise the tax burden on wealthier Americans and distribute that back to the people in the form of guaranteed healthcare and university education.We demand an end to senseless wars. These wars extract wealth from working class people around the globe and proliferate violence.People are dying and suffering, please tell me how these wars benefit America.We demand an end to corrupt invasions into public affairs. The epitome of injustice is the wealthy enforcing laws on the working class, which has no ability to enforce back onto the wealthy. That is the state of the American justice system, and we are fed up with brazen unfairness.We need our elected officials to lead a society-level charge in addressing the disastrous effects of climate change. Global temperatures are rising. So are sea levels. Once-diverse ecosystems have seen a tragic 50% loss of life worldwide in my lifetime. Life on Earth is shriveling and humanity will have to band together to face what lies ahead. We need you to begin this process, for the future of our families, for the good of our children, for the good of life.Use your position of power to do something good for the environment we all share.Galen HeinsAlbanylast_img read more