It’s October! It’s October! Hulaween is right around the corner, and we’re thinking of all the amazing music we’ll hear over three (maybe four!?!) days in the Suwannee. From the Americana vibe of Sam Bush Band to the futuristic beats of Pretty Lights, Hulaween is boasting an incredibly deep and diverse lineup that is sure to keep the party in high gear all day and all night. Here are 15 songs we’re dying to hear at the festival this year.
“Mighty River” by Railroad Earth
The Suwannee River is what gives the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park its name, and if you’ve ever taken a dip in the black water beach, then you know it is indeed mighty. It’s always special when a band tailors their set around the venue, especially when that venue happens to be the best outdoor festival spot in America. “Mighty River” is a no-brainer, but will make for a beautiful moment if/when Todd Sheaffer play it. Check out the group playing the song at the 2010 Magnolia Festival.
“My Name Is Mud” by Primus
We’re going to hope that Primus doesn’t include this one in their set because the festival has turned to mud. The hard-stomping rock song is such a stark contrast from everything else that is usually played in the Suwannee, and I’d love for things to get really heavy (and weird) out there in the woods.
“Galactic” by String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident will play seven sets over the course of three nights, and we couldn’t be more excited for dozens of songs to be played by the long-running jam band. “Galactic” is a lesser-played track, but the sextet busted the funky gem out in Vegas earlier this year. With ‘Ghoul Train’ as the theme, it would make sense to bust it back out.
“High School Art Class” by Pretty Lights
So Pretty Lights won’t be bringing the Analog Future Band (mostly Lettuce) out for his set at Hulaween, but that doesn’t mean he can’t rattle our brains around a little bit. “High School Art Class” is bouncy, funky, but not too overbearing on the electronic synths.
Lettuce continues to get better and better each time we see them, and that’s largely because their new tracks are off the chain. Hopefully they’ll debut some funky, J Dilla-leaning new joint out there in the woods.
“Move My Peeps” by STS9
STS9 played “Move My Peeps” at Hulaween in 2013 and that version of the track still gets spun regularly in the crib. The tempo chance is just killer, and guitarist Hunter Brown’s guitar work is top-notch on this one.
“Let the Rhythms Just” by Polish Ambassador
The Polish Ambassador’s long-awaited debut at the Suwannee is right behind Pretty Lights for many. The jumpsuit-wearing, funk soul brother will deliver a memorable set, no doubt.
“Faba” by Dopapod
Dopapod continue to grow their fanbase because the shows are awesome and the energy is through the roof. Hopefully they take the 10-minute “Faba” for a spin during their
“Night Colors” by Papadosio
The “Night Colors” Papadosio dropped at AURA 2013 was amongst life’s highlights, thus far. After that, I always hope they bust back into it.
“Giant Birds” by Heavy Pets
Florida’s jam champions are no stranger to the Suwannee, and with a new(ish) release out, they’re bound to play this lush track.
“Cigar Time” by New Mastersounds
The New Mastersounds have a new LP out called Made For Pleasure, and it’s awesome. Melting funk, soul, R&B, reggae, and jazz, the new record is another testament to the band’s skill and ability to make pleasurable toons.
“Something About You (Remix)” by Odesza
Odesza has taken chillwave to new heights, and while I’m not really sure why, I’ll check them out at their set at Hulaween. This one, recommended by our photographer Maxx Mcinerney, sounds relatively chill at any rate.
“Cabin Sessions” by GRiZ
This song is off GRiZ’s newest EP, and features our boys in Exmag. The ‘Mag won’t be at Hulaween, but maybe they’ll pop up in spirit, and in Ableton files, if GRiZ pops this one into his set.
“This Version” by Slightly Stoopid
Slightly Stoopid’s new record is their eighth, and “This Version” is a highlight from the reggae-and-beyond Cali band.
“Girl from the North Country” by Sam Bush
Bob Dylan probably won’t make it to the Suwannee anytime soon, but Sam Bush can channel the all-time great by delivering a splendid rendition of his song “Girl from the North Country,” as he’s known to do.