|Just a Little Festival In the Woods|
|90 Seconds of Pizza Goodness from Copper Crust Co.|
|Hand Crafted Excellence Abounds|
|Just Ask Piglet--Sombrero Sound is the Best!|
The Friday night music was kicked off by local Party-Funk band Frank an da Beanz who combined mid-90s neon fabulous style with danceable grooves to get the party started. The band combines classic covers with a variety of deeper cuts to keep things interesting. Frontman/Bassist Evan Simula keeps it funky and contributes some stellar vocals to the mix. Jake and Brian trade lead and rhythm on guitar and Drummer Chris and Peter on keys keep the energy on "eleven".
While the crew switched over the stage, guitar phenom Andreas Kapsalis hit the stage with his unique fingerstyle/tapping/rhythmic songs. You have to watch the video to appreciate all he does. Great singer and a really nice guy as well.
Closing out the show Friday were local legends Conga Se Menne who brought their Finnish Reggae stylings to the north woods and got the entire festival up on their feet. Don't be misled by the genre-mishmash and semi-goofy lyrics. This band features some of the best professional musicians I know including Derrel Syria on guitar, David Ziegner on bass and a rhythm section lead by Darrel's son Ethan on the Congas. I really enjoy this band every time I see them and I'm glad they're starting to play some of the downstate festivals.
Nights at Forestville often feature a spontaneous jam session where musicians from stage, as well as campground amateurs join in for some funky-cool jamming. You never know what you'll see (as evidenced by the short video clip above). Andy wisely cuts off these electric jams at 1:00, striking a balance between the needs of those who want to keep the party going, and those trying to catch a few winks under the stars.
The main event on Saturday kicked off with local rhythm band Logjam who elected to set up in the woods and get things going with their mashup of native and African drum rhythms, Mardi-gras themed belly dancing and quirky lyrical stylings. Impossible to categorize, it was none-the-less enticing and drew folks from all over the festival grounds to see them in action.
|Lost Dog & the Big Hustle (wsg Sven Gonstead)|
Port Huron band The Gasoline Gypsies, despite a GPS malfunction and hair-raising adventure with a travel trailer and some two track roads, arrived to treat the crowd to a set of original, rock and roll music. I've gotten to know these guys pretty well, and you will not find a harder working, more genuine group of young men around. In true gypsy spirit, once you have met them, you are "family".
|G-Snacks in a total Rock Star Moment.|
|Pitching In with the Gypsies|
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