No amount of words can truly do justice for the magic that takes place every year at Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan. This is not just a music festival, it’s an experience to which everyone can contribute in their own creative way and a place where you can fully express yourself. There is a sense of community and a culture that has manifested itself over the years; you truly can feel all the love and dedication that goes into this place. String Cheese Incident member, Bill Nershi, even pointed out how many of the staff and artists had been there for three weeks prior preparing the forest, located at the Double JJ Ranch, for coming attendees– building the stages, art installments, setting up massive tents…there really is so much work that goes into this festival. Hopefully with our gallery, you can see all of the beautiful detail for yourself. Join us in 2017!
All photos shot by Selin Ponce for Compose Yourself Mag.
The weekend started off on Thursday night with DJ Jazzy Jeff, an incredible turntablist and producer best known for his work on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His music is heavily influenced by 90’s hip-hop and R&B and featured many hits that every 90’s kid knows word for word, sampling everything from Eminem to Damien Marley.
Long anticipated headliners, The String Cheese Incident, kicked off their first night performing at Electric Forest, opening their set with ‘Let’s Go Outside’. Special guests were brought on-stage throughout the first night, playing ‘Cold Sweat’ with GRiZ and ‘Impressions’ with Russ Liquid.
Night one was brought to an end at the Good Life stage, where glitch-hop electro-soul producer and guitarist Cory Wythe, known as Marvel Years played a secret set filled with classic rock and hip-hop beats fused with soulful guitar.
Minnesota-based rapper, Prof, was also another hip-hop act at Electric Forest this year, taking the Sherwood Court stage on Thursday evening.
Daily Bread, a producer from Atlanta who employs funky, jazzy, soul-filled samples over super fresh beats throwing down at the Forest Stage.
Funk master GRiZ, a Michigan native, closed out the festival at Sherwood court with the vocals provided by Ida Hawk‘s powerhouse pipes.
STS9 returned for their highly-anticipated Axe The Cables Set, a semi-acoustic set in which they performed ‘Love Don’t Terrorize’ for the first time axed, and other classics like ‘Aimlessly’, ‘Vapors’, ‘Grow’, and ‘Rent’.
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