Beanstalk music fest returns to State Bridge, Thursday through Sunday
If you go
What: Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival
Where: State Bridge, Bond
When: Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31
Cost: Tickets are $110 for a three-day pass (doesn’t include camping). Single-day tickets start at $65.
More information: Full schedule and festival information at www.beanstalkfestival.com.
The Magic Beans (three sets)
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang
The Main Squeeze
The Malai Llama
Vine Street Vibes
Digital Beat Down
Three is the magic number at this year’s Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival at State Bridge. This marks the third year for the music festival, which begins Friday, May 29, continues through Sunday, May 31. Friday’s headliners are Kyle Hollingsworth Band with Michael Kang and The Magic Beans, and Saturday, attendees will see Juno What!, two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Magic Beans. The Magic Brownies, Hollywood Nights and, yes, you guessed it, The Magic Beans, will close out the festival on Sunday.
If you hadn’t guessed it from the name — Beanstalk — Nederland-based “Ameritronica” band The Magic Beans organize and host the festival. The group fuses acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and electronic dance music.
The festival features an array of special music projects this year. The Magic Brownie Super Jam features Marc Brownstein and Allen Aucoin, of The Disco Biscuits, with Scott Hachey and Casey Russell, of The Magic Beans, along with more special guests. In addition, Hollywood Nights is made up of Aron Magner and Aucoin, of The Disco Biscuits, and Tom Hamilton, of American Babies, plus Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Clay Parnell, of Particle.
Scott Hachey, of The Magic Beans, answered some questions for the Summit Daily.
SUMMIT DAILY: You guys organize the Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival and perform at it. Tell me how the festival came about?
SCOTT HACHEY: Our guitarist started it based around our annual weekend at State Bridge. We love the venue and (that) part of the state so much we just wanted to bring up tons of bands and have them experience the magic. It’s a one-of-a-kind place.
SD: Who else will be playing at the festival, and did you book all of them?
SH: Our guitarist, Scott, and manager, Ryan, booked all the bands. The lineup is stacked. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will be there, and members of String Cheese Incident will be there, three fourths of the Disco Biscuits and a bunch of local and national talent you have to see. We always try to book bands everyone can get down to.
SD: Who are you especially excited to see perform?
SH: We can’t wait for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and our good friends, the Main Squeeze and Kitchen Dwellers.
SD: What’s on the horizon for the band that you’re excited about?
SH: We’re very excited for this weekend, Wakarusa the following weekend and Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June. We’re doing late-night shows for that at Fly Me To the Moon Saloon. Also we’re doing late nights at the Grateful Dead’s final shows in Chicago. That should be tremendous.
SD: Anything I’m not asking that I should know?
SH: Tickets are close to selling out, so make sure you tell people to hurry and get ’em if they wanna come to the festival. We’ll be on tour this summer and all around, so let everyone know to keep an eye out for us.
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