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FESTY PREVIEW: Equifunk 2013 (The All Inclusive Funk Festival)

Boasting the kind of ferocious funk collaborations you’d expect to find in during Jazzfest, as opposed to the remote Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, sets itself apart this summer — an unsuspecting gem among 2013 festivals.

For the past 5 years, has pioneered an all-inclusive two-day tradition at Camp Equinunk in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania. Essentially a getaway for adults, this fest combines the cost of lodging, meals, beverages and unlimited into one convenient and affordable ticket ($350 cabins, $225 VIP camping or $185 regular camping for the all-inclusive amenities).

Not your average fest: Equifunk is basically a private party in the Poconos hosted by people whose taste in is only outmatched by their (staff will literally ride around on golf carts to refill people’s ). The venue is a lakeside transformed into an adult playground for the weekend — a grassroots production that values creating the best experience possible over profit margins. Each year the attendance has doubled in response to their ability to deliver an utterly craveable weekend escape.

Best bang for your buck: Equifunk are all-inclusive, covering your choice of accommodations in either private cabins or lakeside campgrounds, three meals a day and unlimited draft beer. For those planning where to spend the rest of their summer budget, remember that the upfront ticket price is all you’ll spend for the entire weekend.

are limited: Equifunk will cap attendance at around 1,500 this year. Tickets available at www.equifunk.com ($185-$360)

Sunday Funday: By fan request, for the first time in its 6-year history Equifunk will offer a full day of music on Sunday. Acts like ( drummer ’s funk/ side project), The , The Souls, , Band, Main , and The M&Ms and the Equifunk Allstars will headline the landmark Sunday Series.

More Than Just Music: Because the fest is located on a summer camp, guests enjoy full perks of the campus facilities outdoor activities like afternoon pool parties a giant water slide, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, baseball and courts (a lucky fan won a match vs. Simon of ) and more.

“Each year our attendance has doubled, but it still keeps the intimate vibe we set out for,” explained creator Eric Kamen. “We may look like a simple at first glance, but the joy Equifunk brings to that valley is so much more dynamic. The all-inclusive set up feels like you’re are at someone’s personal party — to not have to carry your money around to get a drink or a bite to eat is an invaluable feeling. The pool scene in the afternoons is unreal, and at night the main stage exudes energy of club show within the ease of an outdoor environment.” Kamen added, “We take pride in our and really listen to our so each year they get the best possible experience.”

2012 Equifunk Video Short

EQUIFUNK MUSIC FESTIVAL: FINAL PREVIEW (TICKETS START AT $185)

2013 Equifunkers will groove to performances by (featuring the Shady Horns and legendary sax man ), w/Artist at Large, saxophonist James Casey (, ), featuring John , & Mofro, (his new funk band) and many more — all while enjoying the perks of a hang, outdoor sports activities and sharing good among friends.

As a special treat to in its 6th year, Equifunk will offer its first-ever Sunday Series — a full day of featuring drummer ’s band , never-before-seen supergroup the M&Ms (, , John , , & ), a by the “Equifunk Allstars,” and sets from the , the Souls, , Band and Main .

Landmark Sunday Series

By popular request, 2013 will be the first year Equifunk presents on Sunday.

“Those two days flew by so fast, people didn’t want to leave by Sunday,” Kamen recalls. “Our attendees are so loyal, we were eager to evolve with them and make Equifunk better each year as it grows.”

Starting early afternoon, the day’s boasts some of the weekend’s most recognizable upcoming names in rock and jam, as , and Pets. Sunday’s talent also includes a special Equifunk All super jam featuring & Pete Shand (the ) with (), (, ) and James Casey (Lettuce, ), before an anticipated set from the M&Ms and Phish drummer Jon Fishman’s side-project, Pork Tornado.

“I always wanted to book Pork Tornado at Equifunk,” Kamen beamed. “I’m a big fan and thought their country-funk style was a perfect fit for what this festival was built on. When I heard they were available, I jumped on it immediately — that’s the kind of bill Sundays were meant for.”

Equifunk’s new Sunday lineup comes as free gift to festival-goers in addition to their two-day all-inclusive pass. While meals and drinks are no longer complementary amenities on Sunday, a variety of craft beer, liquor and food offerings will be available for purchase all day as fans enjoy the final sets of the weekend and through gate close Monday.

More Than Just The Music

The grounds of Camp Equifunk enhance the intimate, funk-filled presented on stage. Guests can hit up parties with a waterslide, outdoor activities from and softball to 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and yoga, and even more interactive events, including a fan vs. artist match with drummer Simon Allen of the , and a late-night campfire set with .

The weekend’s lodging accommodations are between the Equinunk cabins located on the main campground and the Blue Ridge cabins located just a short walk away, with outdoor camping available at each.

Getting to the Funk

Equifunk offers a bus pass from City, where fans carpool to the festival grounds leaving Friday and returning Sunday or Monday for Manhattan. The shuttles run in either morning or evening shifts for $70 round trip or $35 one-way.

For more information, visit www.equifunk.com.

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Written by Craig J. Sandor

Based in Denver, CO, Craig has been contributing to Live Music Blog for a few years now. He's made a strong start out of the gates and his enthusiasm always makes for a fun read. A veteran of almost 200 Grateful Dead shows and hundreds of other various concerts, Craig decided to combine his love for live music with photography to be part of the action.

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