Review & Photos | Camp Bisco 2013 | Pattersonville, NY

Saturday, 07/13/2013

The last day of Camp is always a bag of mixed emotions; excited for another stacked day of class A music, but also sad knowing it is soon coming to an end. Not to let the latter take our moods, we did our best to catch the acts we knew would put on the best shows. It would seem though that because Bassnectar brought it so hard Friday (literally and figuratively as his extra subs sank Main Stage 2) a little bit of shuffling with the schedules was needed for all artists to get a chance to shine. A substitution also went into play as Thievery Corporation stepped up for a last minute cancellation by Animal Collective. Thankfully we were in the loop and able to see everyone we needed to, ensuring a perfect last day of Camp Bisco XII.

Break Science w/ Special Guests - Label Tent (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

One of the moved sets, Adam Deitch and Borham Lee, aka Break Science, threw a star- studded, electronic-laden jam session with rap legend Slick Rick making an appearance. Even though there was confusion as to where they were playing, once people heard the beats blaring from the Label Tent, a rush ensued to pack it in by the end. It’s clear why Deitch is a Grammy-nominated artist as the multiple drumming styles he employs, depending on the situation, kept the crowd on its toes.

Disco Biscuits - Main Stage 1 Recap

I am a self-admitted Disco Biscuit fiend and to say that I was bursting with excitement to finally see them play for the first time since New Year’s Eve would be an understatement. There was no run to Camp Bisco this year, so practice time for the quartet was limited. In the end it did not matter, they came, they saw and they conquered Camp Bisco as the Philadelphia natives proved why it is their festival. With the first notes of “7-11,” it was clear that this was the return of The Disco Biscuits that we have come to know and love. Flawless transitions, amazing improvisation, pulsating trance-fusion beats, and of course the new light set up with even more lasers (especially during that “Abraxas”…just wow) laid the groundwork for something truly outstanding. I was honestly blown away with how they played with such tenacity that has not been seen in several years. Of the six sets they played, it was unanimous among my friends and I that the day set was the best of the lot with the return of a “Magellan” that will spoken of for years to come.

Spankin’ Biscuit Brothers - VIP Tent (2:00 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.)

I was witness to something very special to end my Camp Bisco XII experience. A newly- formed super group consisting of Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past – guitar), Jon Gutwillig (The Disco Biscuits – guitar), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits – bass), Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits – keys) and Jeremy Worthington (Sonic Spank – drums) covered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in what can only be described as pure magic. As I enjoyed my final show of the festival I reflected on how much fun I had and how well this Camp had gone. Everyone from the artists, MCP/CID Productions, security and of course the fans were on top of their game. I could not have asked more out of my Camp Bisco experience and without a doubt will be back next year to do it all again!

[Published on: 7/30/13]

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