By Anthony Salupo |
For a Funkadelphian, there’s no better way to spend Independence Day weekend than some booming heavy bass music and a crowd of good fans. That is exactly what we got during our recent venture to Farm on Fire Music and Arts Festival. The awesome people at My Best Friends Party, The Dub Barn, and The Lost Marbles Art Gallery were responsible for putting this 4th of July blast together. Located at Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio, this twisted bass festival was intimate and comfortable. The raised camping area played a key roll when the rain came on the second day and the stage and vending area were set up along one strip, allowing the fans to catch a complete view of all the action.
There were three wonderfully set up stages: The Main Stage, The Bass Barn, and The Turn Up Tent. All stages had aesthetically pleasing stage production, and the sound quality was pristine. The event coordinators did a phenomenal job staggering the schedule, putting bands at the Bass Barn and DJs on the Main Stage allowing for very minimal quiet time between sets. The Turn Up Tent was the late night party spot, playing music all night into the early morning. Despite the close vicinity of the stages, there was no sound interference from one stage to the next.
The Farm on Fire lineup gave the fans a taste of everything. Hearing everything from deep house to skank drum and bass, we certainly were satisfied with diversity and energy of the music that was played. Fans were able to experience sets from some very quality local talent as well as witness some of the biggest names in bass music today. The electronic talent at this event could be classified as heavy bass music, but with a twist. There was nothing generic about any of the acts and this lineup appealed to fans from all corners of the community with a good blend of instrumental and electronic acts.
Fans of that smooth jamtronica sound got their fix with Broccoli Samurai , while those looking for something a little heavier got a littler more psychedelic with Consider the Source. Some other solid performances included NastyNasty, Buku, and Spankalicious. Just s short drive away from their hometown, brothers Yheti and Toadface: two outrageously original masterminds of sound design and arrangement, added a unique and fresh level of sophisticated and artistic weirdness to the lineup. We even had a chance to witness a deadly beat boxing performance by Lethal FX. The real treat of the weekend was the Minnesota B2B G Jones set that left everyone in attendance with a melted face and a scattered brain, dropping an intense array of heavy bass tunes that pulled elements from trap, electro, and dubstep. However, there is absolutely no genre label that could have been placed on that set, it was truly a unique artistic experience. Bassheads enjoyed a heavy Jantsen B2B Dirt Monkey set and we got a little nostalgic with Daft Punk tribute artists One More Time.