You could spend all year chasing around the region’s homegrown electronic talent from club to club, or you could do some heavy cramming in one weekend-long orgy of music and get all the bases covered.
You can do the latter this weekend at Camp Coldbrook Music & Arts Festival. From Friday to Sunday, the third annual installment in Barre brings together over 100 musical acts, the vast majority from New England and New York, including around 70 electronic producers, bands, and DJs, and a couple dozen rock and jam bands. Among them are Boston and New England club DJ veterans, producers, and upstarts like Sal LoGrasso, Ali Berger, JSB, Mike Fisher, Kranz, Exin, Michael Savant, David Niice, Voltran, Mike Swells, and dozens more.
It may sound like an odd musical mix, but it makes sense, according to founder David Guzman, who says there’s plenty of crossover in the audiences. “That’s what we wanted to do, kind of break down barriers between different genres, show people different kinds of music.” There will be plenty of acts that straddle the lines as well. Jamtronica bands “are kind of a nice transition for people mainly focused on electronic, or jam bands, seeing that it’s all music, all different kinds of expression, and how you use instruments to express them.”
That focus, as well as a decidedly green, family-friendly, and health-minded outlook, particularly for a music festival, have helped Camp Coldbrook grow in leaps and bounds, from around 450 attendees in its first year, to 1,200 last year, and an expected 2,000-3,000 this weekend. Aside from the musical acts there are educational workshops, yoga, meditation, martial arts, and instruction sessions on a variety of technologies, such as electronic music production software.
“We want to try to educate a wide range of people to what the festival scene is like, and also to be aware of their body and the environment,” Guzman says. “I think that’s a key factor to a long life span in this scene.”
For details on tickets and information about the weekend’s full lineup, go to www.campcoldbrook.com.
Luke O’Neil can be reached at luke