To beat the Florida heat we headed up north last month to check out Beardfest in South Jersey, about an hour from Philadelphia. The 2018 lineup included Out of the Beardspace; Marco Benevento; Moon Hooch; Splintered Sunlight; Medeski, Martin, and Mononeon, John Ferrara, Muscle Tough, Swift Technique and more.
The musical entertainment was perfectly curated for weekend in paradise beneath the pines. Along with the performances, Beardfest also assembled a jam-packed schedule of workshops, yoga, music lessons and countless other activities. Food, merch and art vendors were plentiful as well. There was so much to do!
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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Marco Benevento live and never before was it like this show. Paired with Karina Rykman on bass and Andy Borger on drums, Marco let his musical genius shine as they jammed out a magical set on night two of the festival.
We couldn’t get enough of Moon Hooch’s electrifying performance on opening night. There isn’t another act like this trio. Read more in our interview with the guys here.
Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight gave us all something to dance about this year. There was so much love & positive energy that day.
1) Mississippi 1/2 Step, The Music Never Stopped, Althea, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Next Time You See Me, Mama Tried> Big River, You Ain’t Woman Enough, Scarlet Begonias> Fire On the Mountain, Throwin’ Stones> Not Fade Away
After a long night of dancing and taking photos on night one I had to hustle to make it to Suburban Sensi’s Friday afternoon show. I’d heard a little about this band from a trusted source and I didn’t want to miss it. Their mix of psychedelic/jam/dub/rock made for a fun experience. Plus they were highly photogenic.
Speaking of fun and photogenic, Tweed was another band I was looking forward to catching for the first time. Philly’s funktronica quartet is a must-see from now on. They got the crowd pumped and ready for the following Moon Hooch set.
Everyone was anticipating Medeski, Martin & Mononeon all day Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised to get a sneak peak of Mononeon with Ghost-Note. The funky jazz ensemble made for a colorful soundtrack while I grabbed a bite to eat before the golden hour.
From high energy funk to soulful slow jams, Heart and soul poured out of this Philly group for the festival’s finale. I’ll be looking for more live shows from Swift Technique – they’re a class act all around.
Out of the Beardspace
Self-described as “experimental, eco-friendly rock music from South Jersey”, Out of the Beardspace started Beardfest in 2012 as a going away party for the band prior to their move to Virginia. The expansion from a one-day backyard party to a three-day throw down of world-class performers is incredible guys! Thanks for making this festival happen and having us out. We’d definitely love to return again in the future.
Read more about Beardfest on their website.
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