Truck America Festival rolls into Full Moon Resort
By Jay Braman Jr.
The British version of the historic Woodstock Festival is going to invade the United States this year, starting in the Catskills. In the summer of 1969, there were three days of peace and music at what has come to be remembered by the world as the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.
Staged in the stunning Catskill Mountains, what was supposed to be a small gathering of free loving musicians and fans quickly evolved into one of the most pivotal moments in rock and roll history.
For the past 13 years an event in England known as the Truck Festival has been put on each year in the same spirit as Woodstock, and now the Truck Festival is coming here on Friday, April 30 through Sunday, May 2 in the Oliverea Valley in the Town of Shandaken.
Woodstock was a powerful representation of the 1960s and showcased some of the most groundbreaking musicians, many during the early stage in their careers.
The Truck Festival in Oxfordshire, England has run on the same basic principles of independence and ethically minded and cooperative production, with a passion for introducing cutting edge music as well as a reverential nod back to the classics.
Full to capacity every year, thanks to a loving word of mouth reputation, Truck is more than a little inspired by the spirit of Woodstock. Bands like Supergrass, Fanfarlo, The Lemonheads, Regina Spektor, Battles, Okkervil River, The Raveonettes, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wild Beasts, Yacht and The Big Pink have been part of the Truck experience over the years.
On April 30 the Truckers are packing their rather large bags and heading to the Full Moon Resort in Oliverea for the inaugural Truck America Festival. The three-day, intimate gathering will celebrate the art of live music, personal (offline) connections and the environment.
Robin Bennett, one of Truck’s directors explains the festival. “I got the inspiration for the original Truck Festival UK in part from watching the Woodstock movie so it seems fitting to start our U.S. invasion in the Catskills, which is a hotbed of creativity to this day,” he said Monday. “We found the perfect location - the Full Moon Resort - which can be reached easily from New York, Boston and indeed all parts of the North-Eastern U.S. We think that Truck’s approach, building community through music and encouraging environmental awareness, will find a ready home in the U.S., as it has in the Shire of Oxford. Plus, we love to throw a good party!”
This first-ever Truck America is thrilled to present a special appearance from upstate New York legends Mercury Rev. The show will feature a career retrospective selection of favorite tracks, accompanied for the first time by a chamber orchestra lead by Truck founders Joe and Robin Bennett (on Violin and Flute respectively).
“We are also pleased to deliver a batch of the finest independent and roots artists from both sides of the pond,” Bennett added. “From Brooklyn the energetic White Rabbits, the doomy majesty of Hopewell, eclectic psychedelic pop from Here We Go Magic, punk-rock from Forgetters - the latest from ex-Jawbreaker man Blake Schwarzenbach; top-drawer country-rock from Jayhawk leader Gary Louris, Joshua Tree resident Tim Easton, and Canada’s hardest working band The Sadies; a dose of upstate folk from Mike and Ruthy, Willy Mason and IDA; a slab of power rock from Nova Scotia’s Wintersleep; and from back home in Blighty The Joy Formidable. One of Britain’s hottest new acts, Sam Isaac (as heard on NBC’s “Chuck” recently) and Neil Halstead of Slowdive/Mojave 3. Also joining Truck America are Dusty and the Dreaming Spires.
At the Full Moon Resort will be the many bands from the United States like Cat Martino, The Silent League, Common Prayer, Oxygen Ponies, Brandon Patton, Atlantic/Pacific and The Shoestring Band.
The music will play out on three stages: The Barn, The Roadhouse and the Main stage, in a large heated tent.
“The festival is not just about watching bands,” said Bennett. “There will be workshops, films, kids’ activities, jam sessions, and a healthy dose of English camping for those who don’t book a room.”
For more information contact the Full Moon Resort at 845 254-5117.