Strangefolk Finalizes 2018 Garden Of Eden Details

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Vermont-birthed jam act Strangefolk will host and headline this year’s Garden Of Eden music festival at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont on August 10 and 11. The band recently finalized details of Garden Of Eden ’18 and unveiled two new albums.

Guitarist Reid Genauer, drummer Luke Smith, guitarist Jon Trafton and bassist Erik Glockler will perform two sets of music each night. Genauer recently released Conspire To Smile, an album featuring an impressive array of jam scene musicians in addition to all of the members of Strangefolk and Assembly Of Dust. The album’s title track is the first studio recording by the four original members of Strangefolk in nearly two decades. Strangefolk will include performances of songs from Conspire To Smile among their sets at Garden Of Eden ’18.

“Both the Conspire To Smile album and the desire to improve social sentiment were Reid’s brainchild,” said Trafton in a statement. “It’s a unique album in that it truly is collaborative; the musicians and the fans alike all contributed to the sum of the parts. At the heart of that communal sentiment is Strangefolk’s Garden of Eden festival, a place that we gather once a year to celebrate that community and rock out.”

Garden Of Eden will also feature sets from Moon Boot Lover and Dead Winter Carpenters. Additionally, the event will host a pair of late night sets. A Friday night set billed as “Conspire To Smile” will see the Assembly Of Dust rhythm section of bassist John Leccese and drummer Dave Diamond joined by guitarist Aaron Maxwell and keyboardist Jon Bevo of God Street Wine with Strangefolk members and other special guests expected to sit-in. Then, on Saturday night, Vermont saxophonist Dave Grippo will lead a set from his Grippo Funk Band project.

Tickets for Garden Of Eden are on sale now here. VIP passes include access to an exclusive meet-and-greet and Saturday lunchtime acoustic set from Strangefolk.

Conspire To Smile is available via all major digital music retailers and can be downloaded for free through Bandcamp. Strangefolk also dug into their archives to celebrate Garden Of Eden and Conspire To Smile by issuing an official recording of their November 27, 1999 performance at the Palladium Theatre in Worcester. The live album is also available via all major digital music retailers and can be downloaded for free through Bandcamp.

Stream “Conspire To Smile” featuring all four original members of Strangefolk:

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