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We are so excited for this year’s Catskill Chill!With a new venue (take a virtual tour here) and a stacked lineup, 2016 has all the makings of a banner year for The Chill. Mike Gordon will be on site to headline, along with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, and Lettuce. While the headliners are sure to deliver some power-packed jam, Chill’s unique collaborations and tribute sets are what sets them apart. The Chill goes above and beyond to make sure that Chillfam have a weekend that’s jam-packed with music that everyone loves, and this year is no exception.With that in mind, we put together a list of the best collaborations, jams, and tributes set up for this year’s festival. Catskill Chill is coming up in just a few short weeks, from September 23-25 (tickets available here), so don’t miss out!1. Bitches Bloom: tribute to Miles Davis’ legendary album “Bitches Brew” with Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce). Featuring: Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Erick “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), and Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band)This set is truly a dream. Eric “Benny” Bloom joined Lettuce in 2011, and since then he has taken the improvisational music scene by storm. Constantly featured as a highlight at Lettuce shows, Bloom and his battery mate Ryan Zoidis have also played with a long list of established players, constantly adding a funky element to any stage they grace. After participating in the past several super jams at Bonnaroo, Bloom will be sure bring the thunder as he pays tribute to one of his idols, the legendary Miles Davis, and possibly the most influential Jazz record of all time: Bitches Brew. This is the album where Davis introduced Jimi Hendrix-esque psychedelic guitar playing to the jazz scene, acting as a forefather for jazz fusion, so Deitch, Nigel, Shmeeans, Jesus, and Borham should feel right at home paying homage to one of their icons. Do not miss Bitches Bloom, as it’s sure to be the highlight of a weekend filled with them!2. Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven – Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green), Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), and Clay Welch.This collection of musicians is about to take the world by storm. Reed Mathis, formerly of Tea Leaf Green and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, has been working on this project for years, pulling together some of the biggest musicians in the improvisational music scene to contribute to this “Classical Dance Music” record. Finally, Mathis is taking the project on the road, and he’s bringing Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Cochrane McMillan, and Clay Welch along for the ride with him. Electric Beethoven will be making their East Coast debut at the Chill, and we can’t wait to see what they’re all about and which special guests might be waiting in the wings to join them.Electric Beethoven will also be appearing at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive festival this October 22nd, check out more info on the festival by clicking here.Watch a sneak peak of Electric Beethoven from their first ever performance on August 3rd at Terrapin Crossroads3. Dopapod + Turkuaz are… Dopakuaz!Funk yeah! The power duo of Dopapod and Turkuaz can’t seem to get enough of each other, so they’re bringing their Dopakuaz act back for another tribute set at this year’s Catskill Chill. After last year’s Studio 54 theme, the super group will focus on Yacht Rock, so get ready for all of your favorite hits from Hall & Oates, Toto, Kenny Loggins and more. We can’t wait to sing along to “Africa” with all of our friends at The Chill during Dopkuaz’s huge set!Listen to Dopakuaz crush it at last year’s Catskill Chill below.4. Elise Testone’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Ryan Dempsey (Twiddle), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), and Matt Chase.Get ready for a whole lotta love when Elise Testone takes the stage to lead this Led Zeppelin tribute at Catskill Chill. Testone has been killing it over the past year, bringing her show-stopping vocals on the road with shows like her highly regarded tribute to Amy Winehouse. After crushing that tour, Testone prepares to tackle a whole new beast, taking over the Robert Plant role in Zeppelin, while Dempsey, Carubba, Mayer, Gould, and Chase will add some serious power to their already powerful catalog.Watch Elise Testone absolutely crush “Whole Lotta Love” from her time on American Idol below, courtesy of YouTube user sol loein.5. Pink Talking Fish and Kung Fu are… Pink Talking Fu: Prince BowieThis should be awesome! Pink Talking Fish have been taking the scene by storm with their incredible hybrid tribute fusion sets, whipping from one band to another with ease while creating a fun, cohesive set for all in attendance. Kung Fu is one of the tightest, funkiest rock bands on the scene, and Tim Palmieri can seriously shred on the guitar. Combine the two, and expect musical fireworks. Add the deep catalogs of Prince and David Bowie to the mix, and we are already lining up for a spot on the rail to see this unique collaboration in action. “Heroes” into “Kiss”, anyone?Listen to Pink Talking Fish’s cover of “1999” from Nectar’s in Burlington, VT below, and imagine Tim Palmieri up there shredding with them.6. Particle + The Werks are… PartiWerksGet ready to get down with PartiWerks. Steve Molitz and co. will join forces with The Werks to form a funky electronic dance party that we can’t wait to witness in person. Both bands are versatile, can swing from one genre to another with ease, and play incredible and fun covers, so it’ll be a sight to behold when they collaborate at Catskill Chill this September.Watch Particle cover Beck’s “E-Pro” at Bell’s Back Room in 2014 below.7. Chillfam All Stars Play Michael Jackson – Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), Steve Molitz (Particle), Elise Testone, Adrian Tramontano, Rob Somerville (Kung Fu), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Rob Volo (Deep Banana Blackout), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), and Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz)Chillfam, get ready for your All Stars! The festival has put together an excellent group of musicians to pay tribute to Michael Jackson, with Eric Gould of Pink Talking Fish, Steve Molitz of Particle, and Elise Testone all on the bill, as well as Danny Mayer of Eric Krasno Band and both Adrian Tramontano and Rob Somerville from Kung Fu holding down the rhythm section. Add in the fiery vocals of Shira Elias and horn playing from Rob Volo and Chis Brouwers, and you’ve got a great show in the works. With Jackson’s deep catalog to play with, the sky is the limit for this one-time-only performance.7. Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down – Roosevelt Collier, Eli Winderman and Rob Compa (Dopapod) + Michelangelo Carubba and Taylor Shell (Turkuaz).This set has all the makings of a classic Catskill Chill set. Chillfam legends Eli and Rob from Dopapod and Michelangelo and Taylor Shell from Turkuaz will join forces to form the ultimate backing band for the incredible Roosevelt Collier. Collier is an absolute force on the lap pedal steel guitar, and his prowess is sure to be a perfect fit for this super funky tribute to New York.9. ShwizZ and FiKus return as… ShwiKus: Tribute to the BeatlesChillfam know that it’s not a true Catskill Chill without a wild collaboration between festival favorites ShwizZ and FiKus teaming up for a unique collaboration. his year, they’ll be paying homage to the Beatles, and expectations couldn’t be higher for ShwiKus’ annual team-up at The Chill. ShiwiKus is the Walrus! Goo goo g’joob.10. Michelangelo Carubba’s Sunday Sauce – Nicky Cassarino (The Nth Power), Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz (Particle), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)This set will be a true barnburner in the VIP tent. Michaelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz will be leading the way, and he recruited Nicky and Nate from The Nth Power, Roosevelt Coolier, and Steve Molitz for one of the most unique offerings at the festival. “Sunday Sauce” doesn’t give us too much knowledge on what they’ll be playing, but, if Michelangelo’s annual birthday party at The Hall At MP was any indication, fun covers, obscure funk tracks and a whole lot of smiles as Carubba leads the band through a set of fun material.11. The Heavy Pets’ Tribute To The 80sThe Heavy Pets performed this tribute to the 80’s at AURA Music Festival back in March, and it absolutely crushed. Opening with “Electric Avenue”, the band moved through several 80’s tracks like “1999”, “Everybody Wants to Rule The World”, “I Ran”, and “Rock The Casbah”. This set of fun covers should be an excellent fit for Chill’s vibe, and we can’t wait for The Heavy Pets to bring their tribute up north for what’s sure to be a top musical moment of the weekend.Listen to The Heavy Pets Tribute to the 80s from AURA Festival below.We can’t wait for this year’s Catskill Chill! Head here for tickets, and check out the full lineup posted below. read more
Click here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogHey y’all,When Brew and I REALLY indulge ourselves – like buying a soda or ice cream cone, we call our extravagance a “special treat.” Yesterday was our one-month wedding anniversary (yes, we keep track and yes, we celebrated it… for better or worse we are THAT couple) and it was full of special treats.The day started much like any other; I woke up at 5:30 AM, rolled over, kissed my husband adios and was off hiking before 6. About 3 hours into my morning hike I had a VERY special treat that I had been waiting on for a long time. I was a few miles from the VT/MA border when I heard something ahead of me on the trail. I looked up and- much to my surprise- saw a bear 30 yards away, my first bear ever on the East Coast. My initial thought was, “BEAR!!!” But then the more logical and conditioned side of my brain quickly chimed in: “No way. You’ve hiked over 5,000 miles on the East Coast and lived here your whole life and never seen a bear. You’re banned from bear sightings on this side of the Mississippi!” Then the two sides of my brain conferred through an intuitive checklist: Black? Check. Furry? Check. Rather large yet stalky? Check. Big, chubby ears? Check. (For some reason the ears were really important and this animal definitely had bear ears.) So yes, with requirements met, I decided that I was in fact staring at a bear. Then the creature spotted me, and bolted deep into the woods. But it was too late! I had seen it! I had spotted a bear! Yessss…!!!My next special treat of the morning came from entering a new state. Not a state of mind, mind you, but a literal state. That is, I crossed the border from Vermont to Massachusetts. I love Massachusetts because it brings on a slew of short states that you can hike across in 2 to 3 days and feel like you’re making real progress.When I finally reached the pre-appointed road, I ran into my husband’s arms and told him about the morning excitement (Yes, I literally ran into his arms and yes, I do it at every road crossing). Usually for lunch I grab some peanut butter and a banana, sit down for 10 minutes, then walk on, but on this day Brew had picked up a special anniversary lunch- a Subway sandwich! I love Subway! Some people are haters. In fact, I had to turn Brew onto the sandwich chain; but I say if you don’t like it, it’s your own fault… I mean you create your own meal – you’re your own Sandwich Artist, for goodness sake. And without prior guidelines, Brew had created a masterpiece.After lunch I climbed up Mount Greylock and Brew started up the mountain with me. Usually you can get water on top of the mountain at the lodge, but this summer all services at the summit are closed for renovations. Brew didn’t want me worrying about water, so before he hiked back to the car, he ran to a water source three-fourths of a mile off the trail to fill up my bottle. Talk about chivalry.Now I must have some kind of homing device that sets off rain clouds as I get close to the summit of Greylock. When I was a mile from the top, the sky opened up and I had to hike in a complete downpour. Unlike my ‘05 hike, though, there was no thunder or lightning or marble sized hail pelting me. And that in itself was a special treat.I met Brew that evening in Cheshire, MA. We found a place to sleep and shower before going out for pizza and ice cream. And when we got back to the tentsite while we were brushing our teeth, Brew discovered that his Vaseline jar had spilled all over his backpack. While he was cleaning things up, he had the nerve to laugh at me and say I “looked like Pocahontas” with my hair parted in the middle and my headlamp over it. He might have gotten the better of me if he hadn’t spit toothpaste into his beard then laughed so forcefully that he farted super-loud. But then that brought me to tears, and the tears blinded me and caused me to hit my head on the doorframe, which turned my tears of laughter into tears of pain and confusion. (This entire episode took place in about 2 minutes, sans alcohol. Amazing, eh?)Clearly, it was time for us to bring this day to a close. We ended it just how we began: in our tent lying beside each other. My favorite and best special treat of the trip is having Brew here to support me and share in this experience. Here’s to a great first month, and many more down the trail. read more
admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Shortstop Maggie Harding of the Ellsworth Eagles stretches to tag Jessica DeLosa of the Sumner Tigers at second base during Sumner’s 6-4 softball win on Friday.—MIKE OLESSULLIVAN — Angela Leach drove in the winning runs with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Tigers downed Ellsworth 6-4.Both teams got on the board in the first inning, Ellsworth with three runs and Sumner with two.The Eagles managed just one more run off Sumner’s Lona Sargent, who went the distance in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just five hits.Sargent had a two-run homer and Ashley Pennartz had an RBI single for the Tigers.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLily Cooper singled twice, Ashley Smith doubled and Kayla Blanchard and Shaye Domagala had RBI singles for the Eagles.Smith pitched a complete game for Ellsworth, scattering six hits. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 read more