The Hoodoo Music Festival. A New Upstate Tradition?
The inaugural Hoodoo Music Festival (HMF) rocked the suburbs on Saturday, December 15th at a house venue in Greenville, SC. Nine musical guests brought exquisite sonic sensations that titillated eardrums from the early afternoon to the late evening.
The Hoodoo Music Podcast-a fortnightly show featuring musicians from the Upstate of South Carolina-served as the catalyst and inspiration for the event. Mark Jones, the podcast’s host, relates the origins of the festival. “Several people who are supporters of the podcast and the local scene at large decided that they wanted to put together a festival of bands who have been on the podcast,” Jones said.
The planning and execution of the event was an organic and harmonious undertaking with love for local music being the prime motivator. Lin Young and her husband Tom Goss hosted the event at their house venue, Turkey Point South. “When we heard there was going to be a Hoodoo Music Fest, we immediately offered our house,” Young said. Turkey Point South offered a spartan, yet cozy atmosphere; an unfinished, unheated basement made warm and inviting by the conviviality of the hosts and the passion of the performers and festival goers.
The festival sported a diverse lineup of musicians and groups reflecting favorably on the eclectic variety of the Upstate scene.
Singer-songwriter Gray Lee (the driving force behind Houdini Mansions) kicked off the festivities with his dark-folk musical stylings. Lee delivered a rousing improvisation of the Hoodoo Music theme with musicians from other bands providing guest accompaniment.