Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Royal Family Affair


After a little rest post EF we headed east for the first ever Royal Family Affair! 
We were excited after all the different festivals to go to one with funk, soul,
hip-hop, and electro all weekend. After we made it through the lush mountains
of Vermont to Stratton Mt we posted up ready to enjoy the weekend of music.
Friday kicked off with Sam Kininger Band to get it funky! Shortly after the 
much anticipated Lettuce set began and hit full force from beginning to end. 
After Lett took us on an inter-dimensional tour we came back to earth 
for a super funky dance party with Chromeo where you'd be pressed to 
find a person in the crowd not raging. After the music Funktopus started
blowin bubbles and bumpin tunes and kept it Funkty till the place shut down


Saturday was another amazing day of music with Medeski, Deitch, and Skerik
tearing the place down! An amazing fusion of jazz, funk, freakout, and Rage
to say the least left the entire crowd blown away. Following that Big G kept
is super Funky and Soulive followed with a great set. Playing a lot of their 
oldies such as El Ron and Vapor then twisting up an ole' Beatles medley
that was one for the books! The Formula (Deitch, Shmeans, Coomes, Sam K
& others) put down a latenight set of hip-hop instrumental music. 3 hours
of dope beats, what more could you ask for?

The festival ended with a set from Dumpstaphunk and Royal Family Allstars.
Dumpsta put it down with Nikki Gillespie on the drums. But the Allstars
took it home, with special guests Nikki for a drum dueling version of 'Nyack'
that had my bones on fire and Hartswick, Skerik, Lalli, Bloom, and others 
sitting in for a Royal Family Affair!!


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