Music

Upstate at the Manifest Hudson Festival

Music

Upstate at the Manifest Hudson Festival

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On the craziest Indian summer weekend of the fall, me and a couple friends cruised upstate for a one-day festival/party called Manifest Hudson. The invitation promised us good tunes from Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Langhorne Slim, Willy Mason, The Dough Rollers, and JBM. But I know it was the part about a pig roast and local farm harvest feast that got a few people out of the city.

Manifest Hudson was organized by three friends who met at nearby Bard College. Thalia Forbes, Hillary Foxweldon, and Wyndham Boylan-Garnet couldn’t have picked a better event location. The gorgeous piece of land is only three miles from the increasingly culturally relevant city of Hudson, NY. We arrived on-site to find fields dotted with wild flowers. Corn was being roasted on a DIY fashioned fire pit/cinder block/car hood grill. The Woes, a band based out of NYC, were already crooning through a set for the free-flung crowd of 300 splayed out in front of a wonderland-wielding stage. I spotted plenty of downtown beauties and beaus that had already shaken off their Alphabet City “over-it” malaise. We couldn’t blame them. The urge to do the same was overpowering. We pitched our tent on a shinning hill that looked across the Hudson River to the Catskills.

The music cracked late in to the night apace with the fire… by the time Sean Bones and Willy Mason, two juggernaut singer-songwriters, had winded down and wound up the crowd, we were all fully invested in this intimate slice of curated escapism. We weren’t the only ones–an un-selfconcious frenzy of dancing to the music ’til nearly dawn. It was a great night. The creative team behind Manifest Hudson got it right. The next day, as we packed our tent along bleary-eyed fellow revelers, the conspiratorial spirit of having been inducted at the start of something big hovered lightly.

Manifest Hudson from MANIFEST : HUDSON on Vimeo.