Electric Forest 2014 [Recap]

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Rothbury Michigan  is home to a few hundred country folk, but for 4 days a year for the past 4 years it plays host to Electric Forest Music Festival, the most unique music festivals in the Midwest if not the entire US. Don’t let the name fool you, this is not an EDM only music festival which automatically puts it in a different category than Ultra, EDC and our own Spring Awakening. The lineup will not blow you away if you only listen to EDM, as jam bands, hip hop acts and a mesh of electronic/psychedelic rock bands (STS9/EOTO) fill up a good part of the festival lineup. This might not sounds like it’s for you, but believe me each artists is so well thought and have such a great following that you’ll find yourself walking away from bass drops just to see what all the fuss is all about a few stages over.

My First Electric Forest experience was in 2012 and in this short amount of time the production and experience was increased for the better dramatically. You won’t find the most intricate stages here, or the largest crowds (this year’s totals were around 35,000) but what you will find is a great sense of community, acceptance, and freedom and of course Sherwood Forest, the main attraction.

It sounds redunphoto 10 editeddant, you’ve probably already heard and read all about it online but nothing compares to experiencing it in person. No picture can do it justice as well (not even ours). The entire forest is transformed into a wonderland. You feel as if you fell down the rabbit hole with Alice. If you walk too fast you might miss an art installation that might move you. If you come at a specific time you can catch some of the unscheduled performances by the hoop troop, geishas or other performance artist. You can escape to the silent disco or solon for some off music choices. You can literally spend a majority of your 4 days inside the forest and not have the same experience twice. If you own a hammock or choose to buy one, your experience gets more festive, you’ll know what I mean when you look at our photo gallery.

Below find the first EForest impressions of WhySoChi’s team members Cathy and Iza. Stay tuned for our photo gallery. See you in the Forest!! -Marcin

Electric Forest can simply be described as the time of my life. As soon as you enter the grounds of Electric Forest it’s clear you aren’t at your average summer festival. Within minutes of entering this fairytale like adult playground, you know that you have found yourself  a whole different you. Electric Forest is a virtual 180 from other festivals like EDC, Spring Awakening, Coachella, or Ultra, especially when it comes to the people. People here seriously share the love everywhere you look; everyone cares for one another, respects each other differences, and in a very NON- cheesy way stands for the ‘real PLUR’.  Zed’s Dead, Zedd,  Steve Angello, Kygo, Destructo, Glitch Mob, Moby, Cashmere Cat, Grandtheft, Dirty Phonics, and Cash Cash all blew my mind into pieces with their out of this world performances! Magic is the only word I can use to describe this experience. This mythical environment filled with TRUELY good people is what left me thirsty for more of Electric Forest. May the forest be with & will we ever find Carl?! – Cathyphoto 19 edited

I would be lying if I said that my opinion about Electric Forest has changed throughout my time at the fest. Since this was my first year attending, upon arrival I was not really excited for how the next couple of days would look like. Depending on when you got to the camp ground, the entrance to the fest could have been a long walk for some. The stages were pretty cool, and everyone seemed nice. After experiencing MysteryLand in New York, this was not as great. However, once I stepped into the forest on Thursday night, I was amazed. I finally began to understand what the hype was about. The whole forest was a playground for us. There were so many visual effects from lasers and disco balls, so many different people dressed in costumes, and so many art displays. I wanted to go everywhere and see everything – I didn’t want to leave the forest. All of the artists I got a change to see did a phenomenal job with their sets. By the end of the festival I realized that Electric Forest is one of a kind. It cannot be compared to any other festival….not with all of the lights, lasers, people dressed as animals and Smerfs and geishas, the art displays, trees and hammocks, and experiences.  My recommendation? Go see it for yourself! You will be amazed with what you will find. – Iza

This Friday at Mojoes in Joliet, Electric Escape!!!

If you aren’t at Lolla this Friday or at any aftershows make the drive down to Joliet and support WhySoChi’s very own Dj Mario U!! He has teamed up with Dj Renegade and created FinalSound, Chicagos newest EDM Duo!! Join FinalSound as they take the stage with Chicagolands most talented DJ’s: DJ NYC, Kadenza, and Steve Saint Fort!! 

 

SUPPORT LOCAL TALENT!!!!

 

 Electric Escape

Just Stay Chi! Weekly Clubbing Preview 30 (2014)

Monday 7/28/2014

Bodi HIP HOP INDUSTRY MONDAYS WITH DJ R DOUBLE AND SEAN MAC! Call 312.440.9680
EvilOlive SRTB Presents:  Porn N Chicken w/Lookas RSVP for no cover till 11 PM
The MiD Industry Mondays presented by Effen Vodka RSVP Deal: Free Before 11:30 PM

Tuesday 7/29/2014

Bodi Zebo & PHNM Contact Brett at 312-709-0949 for table reservations and guest list.
Evil Olive The TRAP House Say “HATZ” at the door for FREE entry till 10:30 Pm half off after
Primary Primary $2 Tuesdays Text “VIP” to 41411 for No Cover
Roof on the Wit Roof Live -A Skyline View and Live Acoustic Guitar. $5 Coronas all night. Reservations Call: 312-239-9588

Wednesday 7/30/2014

The Mid Disclosure Tickets are sold out. For tables text 773 504 4348
Roof on the Wit Navic Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Smartbar DJ The Tornado/ Searchl1te / Chris Widman FREE
Studio Paris Studio Sessions: AcE For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
The Underground Damn.Wednesday. with Tony Arzadon, The Jane Doze, and Sebjak For reservations email Host@TheUndergroundChicago.com

Just Stay Chi! Weekly Clubbing Preview 29 (2014)

Monday 7/21/2014

Bodi HIP HOP INDUSTRY MONDAYS WITH DJ R DOUBLE AND SEAN MAC! Call 312.440.9680
EvilOlive SRTB Presents:  Porn N Chicken Xmas In July Banger! RSVP for no cover till 11PM
The MiD Industry Mondays presented by Effen Vodka RSVP Deal: Free Before 11:30 PM
Roof on the Wit Movie Mondays – Ted Reservations Call: 312-239-9588

Tuesday 7/22/2014

Door No.3 The TRAP House Say “HATZ” at the door for FREE entry till 10:30 PM reduced after
Primary Primary $2 Tuesdays Text “VIP” to 41411 for No Cover
Roof on the Wit Roof Live -A Skyline View and Live Acoustic Guitar. $5 Coronas all night. Reservations Call: 312-239-9588

Wednesday 7/23/2014

Roof on the Wit Dj Step Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Smartbar SCRUBFISH / FRANKIE J / CZBOOGIE / MICHAEL LACEY /  KARL ALMARIA FREE
Studio Paris Studio Sessions: Jus Jack For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
The Underground EDW- Every Damn Wednesday For reservations email Host@TheUndergroundChicago.com

Thursday 7/24/2014

Bodi KnowleDJ  Contact 312-709-0949 for table reservations and guest list!
The MiD   Dj Mustard Password “WHYSOCHI” LADIES FREE ALL NIGHT, GUYS FREE till 12 Am $10 After. For Tables text 773.504.4348
Primary Them Flavors Thursdays feat. Dr Jeep $5 with RSVP $10 without
Roof on the Wit Kane Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Spybar AVATISM | CLOCKWORK | MAX & MANTAS RSVP DEAL: Free Before 12 AM $20 After
Smartbar LIGHTPOLITE / NEIL JENDON / SYNESECT / GREEN PASTURE HAPPINESS / CUTLABOR / VIOLET SYSTEMS FREE
Studio Paris Dj Dolo To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.

Friday 7/25/2014

8Fifty8 The Movement Fridays For Guest list and Table Reservations follow the LINK. For parties, call 312.455.2776.
Bodi Bodi Saturdays Contact Brett@bodichicago.com for table reservations and guest list!
Castle Kings Of Class, Orville Klein, Animale Follow the LINK for tickets
EvilOlive The Lab Say “EVIL” at the door for discount admission all night.  For booking parties and bottle service please contact eviloliveinfo@gmail.com
The MiD Starslinger and Moon Boots Passowrd “WHYSOCHI” gets LADIES in FREE ALL NIGHT, Guys FREE till 12 $10 after. For Tables Text 773.504.4348
Primary  Julian Jeweil along with DJ Hyperactive, Jason Patrick & Frankie Vega. RSVP@primarichi for reduced cover, Ticekts also available by following LINK
Roof on the Wit delaChapelle Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Smart Bar Troy Pierce, Karl Meier $13 before midnight $15 after. To purchase tickets follow the LINK.  $10 Before midnight with Facebook RSVP or valid student ID
Soundbar Slander $20 General admission. RSVP for free cover before 12 PM $10 after.
Spybar AVATISM | CLOCKWORK | MAX & MANTAS RSVP Deal: Free Before 12 AM $20 after.
Studio Paris The EC Twins  To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.

Saturday 7/26/2014

8Fifty8 It’s A Suit and Tie Thing For Guest list and Table Reservations follow the LINK. For parties, call 312.455.2776.
Bodi Reset Saturdays – Sean Mac, Legacy, PC3 Contact Brett Picarazzi at brett@bodichicago.com for table reservations!!
Castle Mark Stout and Brian Boncher Follow the LINK to buy tickets.
EvilOlive Hot N Bothered Password “OPEN SESAME” 11PM // $10 TILL 12AM
The MiD Control Saturday with Ron Carroll Password: WHYSOCHI Ladies FREE All Night, Guys Free Till 12 Am. For Tables Text 773.504.4348
Nikki It’s Ladies Night RSVP DEAL: Ladies Free | Men Free 10-12 Reduced After
Primary Aural Matrix Presents Daron Epsilon, Jade DJ, Jon Quinn, Curt Caris RSVP@primarichi for reduced cover, Tickets also available by following LINK
Roof on the Wit Kevin Brown Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Smart Bar Innespace Halflife, Steve Mizek, Basilio Nochols $13 Before Midnight, $15 after get tickets by following LINK
Sound-bar Sooundbar Saturdays $20 general admission. RSVP for free cover before 11:30 PM
Spybar Inphinity, Kalendr, Johnny R RSVP Deal: FREE before 12 Am, $20 after.

Sunday 7/27/2014

Roof on the Wit Lil Jon Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Primary The Pool House CXV ft.Special E.D., NORdj’s, & Johnny Nonstop Table Reservations: Contact Any Host
Smart Bar Derrick Carter / Michael Serafini / Garrett David $7 All Night
Studio Paris Save Your Soul Sunday Party with Ron Carroll! For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
The Underground CIA Sundays w/ Dj Eddie RSVP to CIA@RockitRanch.com