Everyone has there own idea of when festival season is over. There used to be a couple festivals in September and that was about it. But Hulaween changed all that two years ago, and now we are upon the third annual Suwannee Hulaween hosted by The String Cheese Incident. The weather this week is looking like lows in the low ’60’s and highs in the mid ’80’s. We can only hope it will be the same next week, when music fans from around the country head to the Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. This is one of my favorite venues, with over 700 acres of beautiful camping areas. There’s a lake, a pond, several buildings including a restaurant, a shop, a venue for late night music, etc. There’s a huge main stage, a beautiful amphitheater, plus smaller stages and silent disco. I’ve enjoyed three Wanee Festivals and a Bear Creek as well. For me to drive 15 hours each way from Philadelphia, and this will be my fifth time, it has to be a special place, and it is. A special place with special music.
Three nights of String Cheese (seven sets total) on the main stage, to wrap up their fall tour. They just released their three-disc set Rhythm of the Road: Volume 2, Live In Las Vegas, the second installment of their live archival series. I saw them at Lockn’ festival, and they are on top of their game. SCI has developed a fanbase that supports their festivals which include some very diverse music. So Hulaween will feature some very new style EDM and Jamtronica, including Pretty Lights, Dopapod and Papadosio, STS9, Griz, EOTO, the Polish Ambassador, and many more. They also have a solid bill of funk music, including Dumpstaphunk, New Mastersounds, Lettuce, and Nth Power. Add to this such standouts as Chance The Rapper, Primus, Railroad Earth and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, plus about 20 other bands I haven’t mentioned, and you have enough national touring acts for two major festivals.
The festival website has all the information you need to prepare for Hulaween here. The lineup page offers sorting and additional information, including the ability to create your own schedule here. And there’s even more information on the Facebook page here.