Festival Fun: Previewing The Catskill Chill….


By the time the leaves begin to change and fall makes it’s first wave onto our seasonal shores, most thoughts of music festivals have disappeared along with the vague memories of another summer gone too soon. Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, most of the major players tend to lock the doors and hide from the neighbors to plot next year’s lineup before the microphones even get cold. Thankfully for those of us who still need a music fix no matter what the calendar may say, there are the arrival of fall festivals with well-stocked lineups to help keep those potential deprivation blues at bay.

Take the 5th annual Catskill Chill for instance, which takes place in Hancock NY this week from September 5th to the 7th. The Chill is held at the beautiful Camp Minglewood, which is not only a fitting play on words for festival life but is also an intimate lakeside spot where one can easily behold the breathtaking Catskill Mountains. Having a capacity of less than 5,000, Minglewood reflects this rustically laid-back atmosphere at the fest through activities not related to live music such as camping, drum circles, evening bonfires, open mic stages and even yoga to settle the mood properly.

And once inner peace has (hopefully) been achieved, festival attendees will be able to move beneath covered outdoor stages and experience music across a three day span from the likes of bluegrass champions Yonder Mountain String Band, jammy prog-rockers Papadosio, and singer-songwriting pianist Marco Benevento. Catskill Chill Music Festival covers a winding road of genres that lead from experimental folk all the way to blissed-out electronica, and the event certainly promises to be jam-packed all throughout the weekend!


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