Taking place each year in the beautiful setting of Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Michigan, the Electric Forest Music Festival is a four day celebration of music, arts and environmental awareness. Electric Forest is notable for the fact that $2 from every ticket sale is donated to the Grant Township Land Improvement Fund, so by attending the festival you are helping to preserve the natural setting in which it takes place. Electric Forest's musical lineup focuses on jam bands and electronic music. Bluegrass heavyweights like [mp3com-artist]String Cheese Incident[/mp3com-artist], who will headline for three nights, and [mp3com-artist]The Travelin' McCourys[/mp3com-artist] will provide rustic vibes to match the natural surroundings (the festival, true to its name, does take place in a forest). When the sun goes down the party will really get started with some of the biggest names in electronic music hitting the decks. To get you ready for the action we've got free mp3 downloads from two of the festival's headliners -[mp3com-artist] Sound Tribe Sector 9[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Bassnectar[/mp3com-artist]. [caption id="attachment_85360" align="aligncenter" width="385"] Sound Tribe Sector 9[/caption] [mp3com-download url="sts9-goldengate.mp3" artist="Sound Tribe Sector 9" song="Golden Gate" email="none" label="1320 Records"/] Since forming over a decade ago in Atlanta, [mp3com-artist]STS9[/mp3com-artist] have become one of the most famous instrumental electronic rock bands in the world. With countless festivals and concerts under their belt, Sound Tribe have a well deserved reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gSsl-rTbXT8 [mp3com-artist]STS9[/mp3com-artist] are a particularly appropriate act for the Electric Forest Festival, as they (perhaps more than any other band) straddle the line between jam band/ bluegrass and electronic music. Sound Tribe will be headlining two nights, so there is sure to be plenty of their uplifting, spacey jams. [caption id="attachment_85361" align="aligncenter" width="385"] Bassnectar[/caption] [mp3com-download url="bassnectar-ugly.mp3" artist="Bassnectar" song="Ugly" expiration="8/25/2012" email="none" label="Amorphous Music"/] Combining sound and force with weight, the[mp3com-artist] Bassnectar[/mp3com-artist] (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton) concert experience engulfs the senses - it is as physical as it is auditory. A Bassnectar show is all about the shared experience of reveling in the power of sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mCy2yWg1hHU#! As Ashton describes it, “We are so blessed, and so deeply fortunate to be alive and awake right now...it’s a basic truth, but it’s very powerful. I think privilege confers responsibility, and Bassnectar is a reflection of that opportunity to give back; the motion of my cells bouncing back at the world.” To get a sense of the mind blowing sonic textures of a [mp3com-artist]Bassnectar[/mp3com-artist] show, check out this video from his 2011 summer tour: To check out the full Electric Forest Lineup, click HERE.
Spotlight on Electric Forest – Headliners Preview with Bassnectar and STS9The Spotlight
By Will Durkin | 05.21.2012