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Festival Beat

Published: 2006/08/10
by Mike Greenhaus

5 Questions: Camp Bisco

Since its first offering in 1999, Camp Bisco has grown from, essentially, an elongated Disco Biscuits concert into a full-scale festival. Scheduled to take place from August 24-26, this year’s festivities will feature an incredible range of talent including, the Roots, Shpongle, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, RJD2, the Duo, Brothers Past, Lotus and the Juan Mclean. Of course, the Disco Biscuits will also perform four sets of music and keyboardist Aron Magner will offer a set of music with his side-project Moshi Moshi, which features former Disco Biscuits’ drummer Sam Altman (the festival schedule has just been posted).Below, promoter Jonathan Fordin lets us know what to expect.

When was the first time you promoted a Disco Biscuits concert?

What’s new at this year’s Camp Bisco
We have brought in talent that is as big or bigger than the Disco Biscuits. We have opened the door to many different genres of music. This is by far the most eclectic line up any small festival has ever had…

What non-Bisco performance are you personally most excited to see?
The Roots. My favorite hip hop band of all time. I have been trying to book them since 03.

How has the festival grown over the years?
Well, it has really grown over the last two years. It was just a Bisco Festival in the past, but for the last two years it has been in the headlines and compared to the biggest and best festivals in the country. It was amazing to see Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, 10,000 Lakes and Camp being compared all year long. I like the fact that people have accepted the fact that you can go to Camp Bisco even if the Disco Biscuits aren’t your favorite band. I mean, there are 32 acts this year and the Disco Biscuits are only one. That means there is plenty of music for everyone.

Do you have any tips for fans?

Stay hydrated. There is a ton of great music and it goes all day. There is no off time at all. Be safe and smart and remember that Hunter Mountain is a
resort which has opened their doors to us. We need to treat them right if we plan on coming back for years to come….

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