Review & Photos | Camp Bisco 2013 | Pattersonville, NY

Friday, 07/12/2013

With the prior day being slammed with such good music we wanted to take our time today and see what else Camp had to offer with the many new changes (including the giant inflatable mattress). Also, it was the perfect time to find several of our friends and check out the amazing vendors all around the festival grounds. I went and scored myself a sweet new Camp Bisco jersey to rep for the day (made by our friends over at Tanzanite Productions) and hauled it up to the new Gazebo Stage on the pond to get down to some fresh down-tempo beats. After wandering around, crashing several of our friend’s camp sites, and generally shooting the breeze it was time to get down to some music.

PERSEUS and Moon Boots - Label Tent (5:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.) Besides jam music, my other guilty pleasure is Nu-Disco and I honestly don’t think there is anything better to dance to in the great summer weather we were experiencing that weekend. The French Express curated Label Tent was in short a Disco Dance Party! I’ve listened to several mixes of both PERSEUS and Moon Boots, so to finally get to see them do their thing in person was just pure awesomeness. They rotated between the two, never missing a step and keeping the crown grooving the whole time. Surprisingly it was not too crowded due to electro guru Wolfgang Gartner on Main Stage 2, making this one of the real sleeper sets of the weekend.

Bassnectar - Main Stage 2 (9:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.)

Say what you want about Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, but if there is one thing we should be able to agree on, it’s that the man puts on one of the greatest shows you can see for your buck. In previous years I have been in the way back as he always draws the biggest crowd (none more evident than this year with no other acts having sets during his). This year I got to post up on a platform, giving me full witness to the bass onslaught. In short, a “bass onslaught” was an apt description as the set was bass to the face for a good hour and a half. There were too many hits to name that were dropped, but he dug deep in performing songs from his famed 2010 IDJ Mixtape and his old podcasts. He handled the crowd like a marionette pulling emotions out of every drop. Watching his true fans (BNF heads) at his shows is like watching someone going through a religious experience. It was wild, it was intense, it was classic Bassnectar to the finest. I had also the honor of meeting his LED tech during the set which turned out to be a massive bonus as he later got me back stage for future acts (more on that later). He closed it out with is slamming remix of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name,” which sent the crowd into a frenzy and was a proper ending to the set.

Lotus - B.I.G. Tent (2:00 a.m. - 3:15 a.m.)

Since I was unable to get on stage for The Disco Biscuits, my new main man Mike (Bassnectar LED tech) got me front and center for Lotus Late Night and what a special treat it was. I was right there for Mike Rempel’s soothing guitar tones, while drummer Mike Greenfield kept it moving despite a tech snafu that led to an impromptu drum solo. Now, I have been a fan of these guys for a very long time and to see them handle the technical issue without showing signs of annoyance was truly something else. Lotus began the set with the edgy and dark “Blacklight Sunflare.” They followed up with the always crowd pleasing “Flower Sermon” and later on really brought it home with “It’s All Clear To Me Now” > “Hammerstrike.” “Jump Off” provided a strong finish. I was left with my jaw on the floor after Lotus’s set at the B.I.G. Tent. Another great day in the books and back to home base for some much needed sleep to rest up for the finale!

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