Loki Music Festival | Schedule Announced, Mystery Headliner Revealed

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Loki Music Festival

Mike Swanson is going to be hitting up the Loki Music Festival this weekend and dropped a nice preview on what he’s going to be checking out…

The inaugural Loki Festival, running from October 10-13 in Deerfields, NC, will be headlined by Cake. The schedule has also been posted for this weekend. Loki is sure to go down in the festi record books. There is major talent all across the board, not to mention the perfect small festival setting, being the same grounds that hosted the Trinumeral Festival, which I attended in August. Judging from the time I had then, I can only imagine how much fun is to be had at Loki.

Whereas Trinumeral focused on more of the electronic/dj scene, Loki is bringing some serious funk acts to the stage, including Lettuce. They were one of the groups who blew me away at All Good this summer. Other top acts include The Roots and reggae legends Toots and the Maytals. Besides these big-name acts, I think the most exciting aspect of this festival is the multiple one-off jam sessions that are guaranteed to be down right dirty.

Included in these powerhouse groups is The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, featuring George Clinton. Starting out as a studio project with 35 different contributing artists, The B.O.N.G. mixes in musicians from Yo Mama’s Big Old Booty Band, P-Funk, Dumpstaphunk, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, The Lee Boys, Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, and others. This will be the Getdown’s first time taking the live stage, and it is gearing up to be one epic original performance.

Another first-time and equally exciting collaboration is the Peruvian Pedicurists, featuring Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), George Porter Jr (Meters), Col. Bruce Hampton (Aquarium Rescue Unit), Stoltz + Batiste (Funky Meters), Tim Reynolds (collaborator w/ Dave Matthews), Member of the Lee Boys, Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio), and members of Lettuce. Just thinking about what this group will come up with has my head spinning.

And with the recent news from the Phish camp (can’t stop smiling), it cannot go without mention how great it will be to see Jon Fishman perform, now that the cat (or should I say, possum?) is out of the bag officially. Fishman will be playing with The Everybody Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler. Also included in this stacked assembly is Marco Benevento of The Duo on keys, percussionist Luke Quaranta and Kora player Justin Perkins from Toubab Krewe, steel pan player Jonathan Scales, swamp music guitarist Papa Mali and members of the Barrel House Mamas on vocals. Phew, I need a breather. Toubab Krewe is also playing their own set Saturday night.

Check out the festival website for the rest of the lineup and full details. I hope to see you there, and be sure to get in the Halloween spirit and bring a costume; the Loki Costume Ball begins Saturday.

  • Aaron

    …and here I was thinking that ACL was the end of Festival season… oops!

  • Aaron

    …and here I was thinking that ACL was the end of Festival season… oops!

  • matt

    Not sure if that info about Cake being the MH is correct. The buzz here in Asheville is that they are pulling our chain. I mean the fest is named after the Norse god of mishchief and it would only be appropriate to maybe be messing with us a little bit. Yesterday the info was up on both the cake website and the loki website but they are down today. Hmmm. I guess we shall see.

  • matt

    Not sure if that info about Cake being the MH is correct. The buzz here in Asheville is that they are pulling our chain. I mean the fest is named after the Norse god of mishchief and it would only be appropriate to maybe be messing with us a little bit. Yesterday the info was up on both the cake website and the loki website but they are down today. Hmmm. I guess we shall see.

  • Mike S.

    This much is true, Matt. There was an announcement about two weeks ago for Cake being the MH, and it was in the press release I received directly from Loki Entertainment, but I received a message today from a friend saying they might get switched out, so who knows. We’ll have to wait and see what Loki has up his sleeve…

  • Mike S.

    This much is true, Matt. There was an announcement about two weeks ago for Cake being the MH, and it was in the press release I received directly from Loki Entertainment, but I received a message today from a friend saying they might get switched out, so who knows. We’ll have to wait and see what Loki has up his sleeve…

  • Mike S.

    different schedule now up, and there is a 7-8:30 Friday slot now that says “can you guess who?” hmmm…something is up

    http://globalimaging.us/loki_festival/loki/pdf/index.htm

  • Mike S.

    different schedule now up, and there is a 7-8:30 Friday slot now that says “can you guess who?” hmmm…something is up

    http://globalimaging.us/loki_festival/loki/pdf/index.htm

  • Andrew

    CAKE is not playing, they cancelled

  • Andrew

    CAKE is not playing, they cancelled

  • matt

    KD

  • matt

    KD

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