Riding the Metro North on the Harlem line, Cody Blevins traveled from NYC to Pine Plains, NY for this year's Huichica East.
The second-annual Huichica East convened last weekend in upstate New York. Graciously hosted by Chaseholm Farm and presented by (((Folk Yeah!))), this intimate yet lively two-day music festival proves itself to be something special. For anyone who would seek a reprieve from flower-crowns and corporate-sponsored mega-fests, Huichica East provides the music festival experience that made me remember why I liked live music to begin with. A varied yet eclectic mix of folk and indie artists composed the line-up, with Real Estate and Cass McCombs taking the headlining spots. The two days were rounded out with tailored sets from the likes of Doug Tuttle, Cut Worms, Mail the Horse, MV & EE, Marissa Nadler, and Surf Curse.
While a majority of these bands can be caught at any Brooklyn venue, Huichica East's defining element must be its atmosphere. It is instantly recognizable that each person associated with the festival takes great pride in what they've created and are eager to share the experience, and community, with every festival-goer. From the music line-up, to the pastoral setting, it is evident the festival organizers value a genuine and organic experience.
Words and images by Cody Blevins.