Photos And Review | Equifunk | Poconos

The crowd got freaky early on Friday night dropping the outside world easily. A rabid pack of Indians danced throughout the floor, spreading feathers and face paint while JJ Grey & Mofro destroyed versions of “Country Ghetto," “Dirtfloor Cracker" and “Ho Cake.” A mix of friends from Virginia was participating in their third year at Equifunk and steadily passed around their favorite skin of wine while they played a wild game of circle dance. Outside, the crowd surged around the beer taps, which never really shut off until Sunday. The traditions of a first night at a small festival were everywhere: the laughing and running around, gaining bearings and staking spots were second nature to some, while others bounced between camps and music like energetic ping pong balls.

By midnight it was clear that Equifunk royalty had arrived as Eddie Roberts led The New Mastersounds with guest James Casey on saxophone (Lettuce/Trey Anastasio Band) through standards like “Yo Mama,” a super version of “Summer Camp” and a crowd favorite “You Got It All.” Roberts was a wild man on guitar and was on (and off) his feet so much that he ended up with a busted ankle by the weekend's end. This year Roberts brought along his 11-year-old son, a piano phenom in the making who could be found hanging tough all weekend. He even had some of his own epic moments playing alongside Marco Benevento into the wee hours the next night.

By 4 a.m. Equifunk had seen a dance party led by Boombox and the whole security team at the E-RENA was treated to sunrise cocktails at the Funk That Camp. Somewhere deep in the VIP tents off the E-RENA stage was a vocal, drum, harmonica and guitar jam that brought up Saturday’s sun.

By 10 a.m. on Saturday, the breakfast service at the mess hall was way too loud for hangovers. The flag pole on the main lawn was raided and the yearly offering of funk was captured by a group of campers. It was Saturday at Equifunk and as everyone knocked away the cobwebs from the night before with food or substances, there was one thought on the minds and bodies of festival attendees – Pool Party!

Saturday’s Pool Party has morphed since its raucous showing two years ago that literally had the whole festival in the pool for the Main Squeeze’s set. Since the Pool Stage was moved and music spread around the camp, the in-pool crowd hasn’t quite been as thick. This year, with a warmer day and an icy-cool pool, the numbers maintained. The party was a sight to see with its blend of beach balls and skin that set a wild mood, it was the closest on land resemblance of Jam Cruise you could get.

The constant screams and splashes as the water slide released another victim blended with the music coming off of the Pool Stage. We took in a mix of King Lincoln covering Jerry Garcia’s “Reuben & Cerise.” Superhuman Happiness blasted us with some heavy horns and Monophonics laid out a killer version of the Rolling Stones' “Gimme Shelter.” Later, there was Keller Williams and a small taste of Marco Benevento to wrap it up. In between all the music and the sunbathing, one could find a relaxed picnic on the ball field, several basketball games, enough corn hole to last a lifetime and one stellar homemade bar set-up at second base in the VIP camping area serving saucy Bloody Marys. In the shade under a tent at the newly launched Phoncert Booth, CEO Jonathan Schultz was beaming. He had just launched Phoncert - a mobile audio streaming app that allows you to listen to the concert on your phone.


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