A Stunning Fall Festival: The 2012 Souper Groove Festival

Words and Photos by Steven Philips

Many people declared the 2012 festival season over.  But, late September is some of the nicest fall weather in this region, and it was beautiful being outside for a fun weekend of music in Freehold, NJ over September 28 & 29.


Turtle Soup organized the Souper Groove Festival, on the site where Pet Zoo was previously held. For Souper Groove’s first year as a festival, Turtle Soup did a great job.  The entire lineup of music was very entertaining, and the camping and logistics were excellent.  The main and side stages, side by side in a natural amphitheater, had good sound and lights, and everyone took advantage of the dance floor and/or the seating.  I saw a few bands leading up to my favorites Turtle Soup, Four Fingers of Funk, and The Brummy Brothers.

Kicking things off on Friday, the Brummy Brothers played the tent stage, a very unique atmosphere, for sure.  The tent, located between the Main stage and the campground, was great for smaller acts during the day, but turned into a late night party place when the bluegrass began.  The Brummies got everyone going strong with a variety of musical styles all within the modern bluegrass realm.  They played two solid sets right up until the plug was pulled at 2am.  Then there was nothing left to do but enjoy the big bonfire, or settle into one of the many campground parties.

Saturday was another fun day with non stop music and ample time to check out the many vendors. I even had a chance to scope out the Karma wash.  All in all, Souper Groove is solid proof that the festie season is still going strong well into the Fall!