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Strange But Familiar: StrangeCreek Campout kicks off the festival season

article by John Powell
photography by Memy Martin

This year, StrangeCreek, held in Greenfield, Massachusetts, wasn’t just for the music. There was a Frisbee golf course, yoga, and of course family-friendly activities. The music, however, was some of the most eclectic of northeast bands. Burlington, Vermont’s Strangefolk is back with a vengeance, playing their folkie jam melody- amusers. Everything from Carbon Leaf, whose niche in the semi-jam circuit has proven they are dedicated as much to their fans as their music- to Toubab Krewe played, the latter bringing their Worldly jam-ness to the festival that enjoyed great weather in this unpredictable spring.

Matuto, Jimkata, Fung Fu, and a great many more made StrangeCreek a unique festival because other festivals seem to take one of two routes: a very homogenous sound, whether blues of jam music, or, like Bonnaroo, such a spectrum of music that there seems to be no tying thread.

All acts at StrangeCreek like to jam, but not for too long. They have folk-inspired bases for their music, but weave in electronica (if you’re like Dopapod), jazz (if you’re Marco Benevento), or what have you… The result is StrangeCreek, not quite like its name, as many of these bands are mainstays of the area, although this year’s line-up was also wide enough to fill the weekend. We were stoked to capture it on camera.


 

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