Festival Fever: The Royal Family Affair @ Stratton Mountain, 8/12-14


Join Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans – the members of the funk-soul-jazz trio Soulive – for a three-day get-down at beautiful Stratton Mountain in the Green Mountains of Vermont on August 12-14. Soulive has toured with bands from the Rolling Stones to Dave Matthews, and they’re bringing a whole bunch of their friends together for a weekend blow-out of funk-soul jams.

The diverse line-up boasts Royal Family label-mates and very special guests including – Chromeo, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, Karl Denson, John Medeski, Skerik, Adam Deitch, the London Souls, Zach Deputy, John Brown’s Body, the Pimps of Joytime, Paper Diamond, Jennifer Hartswick, Caveman, Charlie 2NA, the Shady Horns, the Sam Kininger Band, Neal., Kraz (DJ set), lespecial and the Royal Family All-Stars. And, of course, Soulive will be playing the closing set on Saturday night.

It all gets started with the Sam Kininger Band at 6pm on Friday, August 12.

What makes the Royal Family Affair so spectacular is not only the powerhouse performances, but the series of intimate 75-minute studio clinics and workshops with the artists, open to musicians of all levels and festival participants, for an additional fee and pre-registration. The workshops are $15 each, or you can purchase an all-workshop pass for just $75.

The afternoon workshops cover quite a variety of topics:

“The Science of Making Beats” with Adam Deitch (12:30pm Sunday)
“Songwriting and Music Composition” with Neal Evans (12:30pm Saturday)
“Expanding Your Musical Vocabulary and Improv Techniques” with Eric Krasno (11am Sunday)
“Audio Engineering and Music Technology” with Alan Evans (12:30pm Saturday)
“How to Avoid Smooth Jazz and Succeed in Life” with Skerik (11am Saturday) (Oh, this should be gooood.)
“Keeping a Tight Horn Section” with the Shady Horns (11am Sunday)
“From Pop to Hip Hop: A Production Clinic” with Fyre Dept (11am Saturday)
“Message of the Moment” with John Medeski (12:30pm Sunday)

Other activities offered at the festival are free micro-brew tastings with Long Trail and Wolavers (5-7pm on Saturday and Sunday), hiking, tennis, special ops team paintball and late-night DJ sets.

The weekend is priced very reasonably with a single-day pass going for $35.50, and a weekend pass for $89.50. VIP options are available.

Story by Janet Kwiatkowski


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