Images and Words by: Jake Krolick
Equifunk Festival :: 08.16.13 - 08.17.13 :: Camps Equinunk and Blue
Full review below photo gallery!
The Scene at Equifunk 2013:
The Equifunk Festival has always been a different
animal; fun, all-inclusive, intimate, but it’s a summer camp folks and it seriously lacked
a good campfire sing-along. Between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday morning that all changed
as the Equifunk Festival finally found its musical groove and let me tell you...it was a
It’s easy to see why Equifunk is so darn fun. For some, it’s a strong camp bond that
wells-up in long forgotten childhood memories. For others, it’s the access to nature and
music that pulls at the heart strings. Some of us are there for the music while others
simply reunite with friends and family. Equifunk has been growing and its crowd has been
changing yearly, from those connected to the camp to those travelling in for the artists.
This year’s crowd morphed into a more musically focused organism as intimate as in past
years, but with a hunger for music like never before.
Yes, the highlights of the festival were all still intact: a raging Saturday pool party, a
summer camp with alcohol, a beautiful setting, great weather - but musically this year
turned us on our heads with options and talent. The defined sets blended together as band
members guested with one another in a musical anomaly usually reserved for late nights in
New Orleans. My favorite set couldn’t be found on the schedule and was led by a true
legend of our time, Marco Benevento, but that’s a story for later.
On Friday the grounds filled slowly and like previous years, while the sun painted the sky
above the E-RENA, the music began. The Main Squeeze sold most on their inventive
sound last year at their late-night gym party. You couldn’t call them a secret any more as
lead singer Corey Frye and The Main Squeeze “laid out the funk” according to Counselor
Stan. Stan has been a staple at the camp for years so when he shouts you listen. The Main
Squeeze’s driving force, Corey Frye, was a ball of positive energy. His vocals and massive
smiles brought the crowd to its feet as they covered Led Zeppelin's “No Quarter” and
Stevie Wonder's “Higher Ground.”