The air was sweet and heady as wine following The Werks’ third and final set late
Saturday evening. Following the sheer bliss an awestruck crowd stood silent in a feeble attempt
to regain themselves. The Werks have accomplished the unthinkable by retro-verting the spot
where massive dead fests were once held and in turn calling it home. The majesty of legend
valley has been summoned by a new generation of dead-heads, inspired by the old.
Road warriors Papadosio were a late addition to the lineup and are currently on their most
massive tour to date. They kicked things off proper Thursday night before The Werks took center
stage for the first time. Their seamless transitions and tonal sounds had the entire lot feeling
the love. The chemistry between them as well their Ohio brethren is undeniable as another
Werkadosio set was born. Minnesota wrapped up the festivities Thursday night with one his
most intimate show this summer
The stacked Friday schedule was beautifully arranged and beheld six hours of unopposed
sets on the main stages. The Midwest pioneers of jam stylings, Roster McCabe, have earned
themselves a great deal of recognition over the past two years and the status of their shows here
as well as other larger fests prove it. The Disco Biscuit side-project Conspirator is a definite
crowd-pleaser who unleashed a plethora of diverse sounds in a flowing breakbeat manner.
Continuing this magnificent run of shows was Dopapod, by far one of the greatest newly touring
acts. The masters of palindrome are one of the most technical bands you will ever see. Each
octave comes with a twangy new melody that stretches from EDM to psychedelic circus.
Saturday featured mostly elements of heavy bass and absolute insanity. The each coast
dojos of funk, Kung Fu, got it all started early with an awesome day set. Check out their new
album for a tasty bass lick. EOTO and The Werks closed everything out on the mainstage with
unbelievably energetic shows on a crisp autumn night. Though we have all come accustomed to
their intensity, it never ceases to amaze.
Boldly demonstrating their resolve The Werks’ second go-round officially established the
previously infamous Grateful Dead spot as their own. With a significantly warmer ambiance than
most festi, this smaller scale version has implored a communal culture that is passionate for arts
and music. The calmer atmosphere truly is all the rage, emanating the values which were once
instilled by our dead-fathers.