Off to Camp! - Camp Bisco X Review

Off to Camp! - Camp Bisco X Review

by James Barrera
07.11.2011


The first-ever sold-out Camp Bisco was firing on all levels this past weekend. The event exceeded expectations, and this year it was bigger and definitely better. From Thursdays through Sunday, the journey created by The Disco Biscuts, as well as a slew of popular performers, came together quite nicely.

When we first entered through the gates, we were ready to dance, prance, and enjoy the audio bliss. After looking at the map we noticed and were reminded that the event was bringing in so much talent this year.

The Grooveshark tent was a fan-favorite, showcasing mindblowing acts that didn’t limit their performances, and made sure to throw down new sounds and styles until the sun began to creep up on the festival grounds.

Thursday started out with Afrobeta on the main stage, a favorite for many. They did a hell of a job opening Bisco with their unique flavor of glitchy dance tracks and amazing vocals. Latin Grammy winners, Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio, make up this one of a kind dance-duo, and it was just what the doctor ordered.

There was plenty more to enjoy. Drum and bass from the likes of RUN DMT started the Grooveshark tent, and if you’ve ever heard their tracks you would know that you were in for something special.  They combine build-ups and drum patterns that are part of an evolution, and for me that’s what makes this festival so perfect, because it’s all about creating a melting pot in this constantly evolving world of music. Producing tracks that bend genres, we had Pimps of Joytime on the main stage, followed by Afrobeta, who dropped the rock-funk-soul that everyone loves, and boy did they represent their hometown of Miami to the fullest.

Sonic Spank opened the dance tent with a live-Bisco worthy performance. When it comes to sets at Camp Bisco, the festival gets the best out of these artists! Sonic Spank is comparable to Big Gigantic and Holy Fuck, but their unique musical personality shines through, which is appealing and uplifting.

The Showcase stage opened with Auto Orbit followed by Timbre Coup, Golden Pony, and The Former Champions. All of these bands have their own style with live instruments to bring music experimentation to new levels.  What great bands to showcase, a reminder that Camp Bisco is a tastemaker festival that knows what’s good on so many levels.

No need for a description when I mention the New Deal, Cut Copy and the Disco Biscuits closed up the main stage where everyone came out to party.  There were art installations, color wars, a graffiti area and more which all integrated into the main area to create a golden epicenter for the festival.

The Grooveshark Tent and Dance Tent continued too battle it out for festival-goer attention and there was enough to go around. Keys and Krates rolled out some delicious boom-bap that was well received.  Playing the dance tent was Orchard Lounge, no stranger to Bisco, and the reason being is they are such a diverse and adaptable group with no limits.  Keeping in tune with the boom-bap, the Grooveshark Tent presented Mr. Lif, a Boston underground hip-hop MC also one-half of the Perceptionists with Akrobatik.  Mr Lif has an unforgettably cool voice spitting complex lyrics that only ridiculously talented MCs can master.
 
It’s hard to fathom there even being a day two after the first blissful day at Camp.  Indobox started off the main stage where more and more people gravitated to the peaceful good music they were hearing. They were followed by Papadosio, a frontrunner in the “jamtronica” scene, who will be headlining their own Rootwire Festival next month.

Yet another highlight came in the form of MSTRKRFT and Ghostland Observatory in the Dance Tent, which also featured Holy Ghost. After talking to more and more festival-goers this was an big highlight for them.

It’s funny when you expect to gravitate toward a few amazing artists you know and love,  but end up being pulled to other acts which are just as good if not better! This is a tell-tale sign of a great line-up, put on a festival that can only continue to grow in years to come. Bravo Bisco!

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