Press (US); September 1996
by Mitch Myers
was that time of the year again. Time to get wet and wild with 4000
intimate friends while some of the world's finest DJs spun fun in
the middle of another Wisconsin campground. Even Furthur '96 was
ample proof that Milwaukee's Drop Bass Network, Minneapolis' Communique
and renaissance man David Prince really know how to throw a party.
This annual, four-day techno campout/ electric festival continues
to grow in stature and style.
the entire Eagle Cave and Mountain Campgrounds, participants were
exposed to numerous sound systems, live music, a killer Main Stage
line-up and nothing but the warmest sense of community.
battalion of Furthur talent...
L. to R. Earth, Scott Hardkiss, Woody McBride, Kurt Eckes, Mark
Verbos, Astroboy, Mixmaster Morris
any good trip, things were paced well and the peaks were plentiful.
The weekend started slowly to allow us to get our blood pumping.
"Who's playing inside?" I asked one young gabber. "I don't know,
but they're playing guitars!" He replied incredulously. It turned
out to be Rehab from Chicago, churning out a quiet storm while most
everybody's socialized outdoors. Later, Minnesota's Low emitted
a monolithic wall of sound that crept over the early evening like
a glacier. From our campsite, we could hear three different sound
systems booming simultaneously.
DBN side stage quickly turned into a hot sea of mud, but no one
seemed to mind. Plenty of hiking was required to check out the entire
campground, which hosted small musical communities in every conceivable
clearing. Substantial contingents from Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago
and Milwaukee represented only a portion of the thriving techno-nation.
At night, one could see countless campfires burning as beats echoed
through the air. A gathering of tribes, indeed.
Sound Moved Outside
Main Stage DJs and PAs proved to be the main reason for going to
Even Furthur. They would begin around midnight and not let up until
8 a.m. At least 1200 people were moving under the tent, smart drinks
were flowing, and the energy was completely off the scale. International
in scope, the gamut of styles had an intensity which kept even the
most avid ravers ecstatic. On Saturday, Daft Punk, a live-acid duo
from France, made their superfine U.S. debut. Perennial East Coast
favorite Frankie Bones appeared for his third Even Furthur, and
Detroit's Laura Grabb
a fierce hardcore set. All this with a spectacular laser extravaganza
and a brief intermission for the ritual of the Burning Man. Sunday
night may have been even better.
Boo Williams began the evening with a freestyle dynamic that was
matched only by San Francisco's Scott Hardkiss. Finally, Mixmaster
Morris' U.K. vibe gently melted into the Monday morning sunlight
and it was time to go.