Backwoods Pondfest Organizer Tells Us What To Expect From This Year’s Amazing Lineup

first_imgBackwoods Pondfest has just released its final artist announcement. New additions include Lucid, Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis & Friends (a Twiddle and Lucid fusion), Balkun Brothers and artist-at-large Ian McGuire, and will be joining previously announced artists such as Melvin Seals & JGB, Pink Talking Fish Is Bowie, Spiritual Rez, The Nth Power, Sophistafunk, Hayley Jane and the Primates, and more (purchase tickets HERE).Full Audio Of Pink Talking Fish’s Tribute To David Bowie & Prince Has EmergedEntering its tenth consecutive year, Backwoods Pondfest is ready for its biggest year yet, and takes place August 4th – 6th at Twin Ponds Campsite in Peru, NY. This also marks the beginning of an indefinite hiatus for Lucid, as the band has set plans to take time off the road. Lucid frontman Lowell Wurster discussed the band’s decision to play the fest this year, “When we made the decision to take a break from life on the road – from playing live shows … Pondfest was always sort of a grey area. We’re really psyched that we’re going to be up there playing music for everyone, we felt like it wouldn’t feel right if we couldn’t make it happen”. For additional information, check the festival website.We had the opportunity to chat with Backwoods Pondfest organizer and owner of Full Circle Music Productions’ Derek Haviland about this year’s event.L4LM: Tell us your thoughts about this year’s headliners.DH: Melvin Seals and JGB has always been a personal favorite. Going back to ’80 when Seals first started taking the stage with Jerry Garcia Band, his style and his presence on that B3 is unique and unrivaled in the Grateful Dead musical community. Pondfest has never had JGB and Melvin Seals before, but they did co-headline Backwood Pondfest’s predecessor festival along with Pork Tornado for Pondstock way back in 2001.Pink Talking Fish is another first-year artist, and we’re looking forward to this special Bowie incarnation they’re bringing us for Pondfest. We’re pretty sure we’re going to see Hayley Jane, and maybe even an artist at large in there to jazz things up even more. Mihali & Friends featuring members of both Twiddle and Lucid is also one of the most anticipated performances of the weekend. With Lucid’s recent hiatus, and a ten year history playing at Pondfest for both Mihali and all the members of Lucid, the collaboration is really an awesome thing to have coming to fruition this year.  We’re expecting a high-energy, electric performance from this fusion of artistry. L4LM: What are your expectations for this year’s event?DH: Expectations are high: we’ve got more bands, more days of music and more years of wonderful experience under our belts then ever before. L4LM: What do you think makes Backwoods Pondfest so unique? DH: Most festivals that are able to offer the scope and quality of bands that Pondfest does aren’t able to keep some of the little things that help make a weekend feel at-home and comfortable. Fans look forward to driving in and camping next to their vehicles, bringing their four-legged friends if they want to, and even having their own small campfire at night while they listen to bands and artists from throughout the country. L4LM: Which act on the bill do you think will surprise people the most?DH: The Lucid sets and Mihali & Friends are really going to blow people away, we can count on that based on experience. Lucid has always done two sets since the band and Backwoods Promotions helped create this thing ten long years ago. I can’t imagine Backwoods Pondfest without them, and a lot of fans made it clear that they couldn’t either. Mihali is another familiar face that’s never missed on opportunity for an on-stage appearance at Pondfest, and when you put the Twiddle boys and the Lucid boys together, ‘surprising’ seems like a bit of an understatement.L4LM: Thanks for your time, Derek!For ticket and additional information about Backwoods Pondfest, check out the festival website HERE.[Cover photo credit: Jerry Cadieux]last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Energy Is Critical

first_imgThere is one critical ingredient necessary to hustling and producing. If you have this ingredient (and many don’t), you will have a distinct competitive advantage. If you are lacking it, you will quickly find yourself among the non-hustlers. That one ingredient is energy.Physical EnergyYou need physical energy to hustle. Your capacity for work is determined by how much energy you have. The more energy you have, the greater your potential for work.Some hustlers are born hard-wired with endless physical energy. They have what seems like an never-ending power supply that allows them go longer than almost anyone else. You’re lucky if you are one of them.Most hustlers have to be smarter and manage their energy. They have to focus on creating a system for creating and recovering physical energy. They manage their diet, their exercise, their sleep, and their stress. The strict discipline they apply to their lifestyle is an insurance policy they take to make certain they have the physical energy to produce.Non-hustlers lack energy. They move slow and accomplish little because they lack the physical energy necessary to do better.Mental and Emotional EnergyThere is another kind of energy you need if you are going to hustle (and if you are here, you are going to hustle, aren’t you?). That is emotional energy.It takes mental energy to think. Thinking well is the hardest work you will ever do. The very act of hustling presents you with hundreds of challenges, problems, obstacles, and roadblocks. Whatever your business is, you have to find a way to produce results when those results are difficult to produce. Mental energy is what allows you to find a way where there are no maps, no directions, and no clear path before you.You need emotional energy too. While you are building your dream, you are going to experience setbacks. There are going to be times when your world is turned upside down or when you go backwards. Your emotional energy is what allows you to move forward. Hustling requires that you manage your emotional state.The non-hustler lacks the mental and emotional energy necessary to hustle (even though they could develop it if they chose to).Energy is the currency of hustling, not money. Manage your physical, mental, and emotional states so you can manage your energy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more