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Sunday, September 20

Catskill Chill Saturday

Over the past five years at Catskill Chill there have been some extremely memorable days of music  however none have left me glowing quite as bright as yesterday. On paper the lineup was as good as it gets and with the help of some amazing sit-ins thrown in along the way the resulting music was even better. 

This day began with long time Chill fam and up and comers FiKus and ShwizZ taking over Club Chill each with powerful performances before joining forces for one of a kind 80’s throw-down including everything from Gun-n-Roses to Cyndi Lauper.

Keeping with the theme of up and coming acts Teddy Midnight drew a solid crowd over at the DC Corner Stage with an upbeat set that included the first and only time I can say I jammed out to “A Whole New World” at a music festival. Not to be out done Hayley Jane & The Primates crushed a set full of gold directly following that may just have been one of my favorite early sets of the day.

As night began to fall it was time for the some first time Chill Fam acts to take over as Moon Hooch and Moe both delivered top notch sets.  Starting with Moon Hooch whose unique style and undeniable passion drove the crowd into a dance frenzy. Moe the evening’s headliner seemed as eager to take the stage as the fans who have been waiting for the band to finally join the Chill Family and did so in commanding fashion. Wasting no time getting things going playing as well as I have ever seen them drawing me in and keeping me there throughout the entire set. There was an energy and a connection with the crowd that turned the entire main stage area into a proper Saturday night festival experience especially with an unexpected sit-in curtesy of the boys in Moon Hooch and a young 17 year old guitar prodigy.

On a day as good as this picking a favorite performance is almost impossible but 3 sets that stood out the most were The Werks, Stratosphere All-Stars and Twiddle. The Werks delivered what was probably my favorite of the 3 with a mind-blowing display of technical skill throughout their performance. Keeping the night moving and showcasing 2 of the day’s most enjoyable sit-ins The Stratosphere All-Stars took to the stage.  This is truly and all-star group whose powerful display of talent was highlighted by a sultry vocal sit-in by Hayley Jane as well as a guitar clinic that followed with Dopapod’s Rob Compa. Not to be out done late night headliner’s Twiddle took the main stage with conviction delivering a dark yet moving set of music. Also keeping with the sit-in theme of the evening the band brought up longtime friend and Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin for some well-placed guitar work and a one of a kind rap performance.

This was truly one of the most amazing days of music that I have experienced over the past several years at Camp Minglewood and was a perfect example of what this festival has become over the past 5 years leaving me eagerly anticipating what Sunday has in store for the Chill Family.

Words: Chason Heins
Photos: Mike Geller

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