This August, Stratton Mountain Resort, nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, will set the stage for Royal Family Records’ production of Soulive’s three-day music festival, The Royal Family Affair, on August 12-14, 2011.
In celebration of the band’s 13 years together, Soulive is gathering other members of the Royal Family Record label and giving fans a rare glimpse behind the stage, offering workshops and clinics taught by performers.
The Royal Family Affair will be held on two stages. The instrumental workshops will be in large indoor studios, where artists Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Shady Horns and the Evans brothers are giving fans the opportunity to learn and musically relate to their icons with all of the benefits of a working studio. In these studios, fans and musicians can take part in a guitar seminar with Eric Krasno, a percussion clinic with Alan Evans and even song writing lessons with Neil Evans.
This intimate gathering for fans and musicians is something that Krasno is very excited about, as he hopes to broaden the live experience. “We’ve done a few seminars with various colleges, but never something like this,” said the guitarist. “We want fans to have a great time and the experience of being at a festival where you get a little more in-depth with the artist.” A fan himself, Krasno is looking forward to learning from fellow performers, including John Medeski, who will be joining saxophonist Skerik and drummer Adam Deitch for a performance. “John Medeski has a very unique sound! I’m excited to ask him some questions,” said Krasno.
Gathering a diverse group of performers has become customary of Soulive, who has performed with this summer’s special guests Karl Denson and Jennifer Hartswick in the past and The Royal Family Affair is guaranteed to provide the same mixture of sounds that Soulive has become known for.
From Big Gigantic’s electronically infused music to Denson’s more vinyl sound, the festival aims to give fans an education in collaboration both on and off the stage. Festival producer, Morgan Young, recognizes Soulive’s determination to give the audience a full experience. “Whether the artists were booked as guests or with their bands Soulive invited them because they respect and love each other’s playing and simply want to hear each other and play together,” said Young.
All of the elements adding to the event come naturally from a group like Soulive, whose own diverse elements make them a one of the prominent groups on the jazz jam band scene. “When you’re playing with three guys and you need to fill up three hours, you’ve got to maneuver and really listen to each other. Every member has a unique sound and unique approach and I think that’s what makes the band sound like us,” said Krasno.
After a busy year of festivals including The Royal Family Ball Tour this spring, Soulive is showing, with yet another no-stops blowout festival, that their connection with the fans never fails to be at the forefront of their motivation. “What makes it special is being able to bring together so make acts that all love playing together for a whole weekend in a great natural setting and a great site for a festival,” said Young.
The three-day music festival, from Aug. 12 to 14, will feature performances from Chromeo, Big Gigantic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson and other members of Royal Family Records; Lettuce, Break Science, Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers, and Eric Krasno & Chapter 2.
Tickets are $29.50 to $34.50 for a one-day, $89.50 for the three-day pass. VIP packages start at $199. All passes are available through the Royal Family Affair website.