Where to begin?! The weekend of Sept 23, 2011 was jam-packed with bands, DJs, food, art, and of course, people. Though the weather was less than desirable, that didn’t deter the crowd of over 600 that came to camp and rage the weekend away at Stable Studios in Spencer, IN.
The main stage included tons of jam bands and other instrument-toting artists. One in
particular, Dixon’s Violin, blew minds with a folksy, heartfelt set, performed entirely by one man and one electric violin. Local favorite, Eumatik, melted faces with their unique medley of broken beats, from downtempo to high-energy dance music.
The EDM stage brought forth an offering of all the staples in electronic music, from drum
and bass, electro, house, techno, happy hardcore, and dubstep, to name a few. The EDM
stage was settled back underneath a barn, with chickens and turkeys roosting just yards away from the music. The sound was aimed out at a grassy expanse, and a little further
on, the campgrounds.
All of the performances were brilliant, and the few minor technical difficulties did nothing to detract from the individual sets. Indianapolis dubstep duo SwaggerMachine went on at 8pm on Saturday Sept. 24, and though the rain started pouring almost as soon as they touched the decks, festival goers stayed put and raged and partied, many dressed in boots and ponchos, others running wild and barefoot in the wet grass.
Main headliners AK1200 and DJ Dara absolutely smashed it, with AK bringing out old school jungle and Dara mixing up the latest jump-up and high-energy drum and bass, electrifying the masses.
The in-doors lounge stage boasted a banner reading “Dancing is Free”, and it indeed was free as notable acts Deek (Dee Kay), What the Bleep, Kodama and many others played their hearts out, raising the palpable energy even higher.
Many local artists brought their crafts to display and sell, and the food vendors were absolutely the best. One in particular, the Ragin’ Cajun Kitchen (run by Kam Brady from Indy), got rave reviews from person after person, particularly after sampling such delicacies as homemade Cajun beer cheese soup or a wonderfully spicy and flavorful jambalaya.
All in all, the weekend contained too much to be covered by one simple article, and there
are so many more honorable mentions that just won’t fit within the constraints of the internet
blog. But one thing is for certain: This was an event that made lasting memories, and hopes
of more to come in the future.
Thank you to R Skyy Wells and her crew for making this all possible.
Special thanks to Life of the Party Entertainment for the amazing photos.