End-of-Summer Shows: Basilica, Mad Decent Block Party and the Gathering Gets Old School

While you were taking in Feist, Ty Segall or Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Pitchfork Music Festival over the weekend (or at least catching the live stream), another notorious Illinois-based music festival dropped its even-more-notorious promotional infomercial. The Insane Clown Posse’s weekend-long, Faygo-soaked fan bacchanal, the Gathering of the Juggalos, turns a lucky 13 this year, and as the zombie apocalypse-themed infomercial (hosted by Juggalo wrestling legend Corporal Robinson!) indicates, the lineup places an even greater emphasis on hand-picked late-night shows and Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s veneration for old-school hip-hop.

Past editions of the festival have included celebrations of the early days of hip-hop and the ICP picking out their heroes of the genre, with the likes of Method Man, Paris, Ice Cube, Rob Base, Slick Rick and more making previous appearances. This year, each clown is curating and hosting his own regional hip-hop history lesson (not a phrase you see every day), with Violent J’s West Side Party featuring the Pharcyde, Lil’ Easy (son of the late Eazy-E), repeat Gathering performer Warren G and Glasses Malone and Shaggy’s Beasts of the East sporting Wu-Tang’s Raekwon, the Fat Boys (#rememberthe80s), beatboxer and former Roots member Rahzel and Biz Markie. ICP sidekicks Twiztid will host a southern rap-themed showcase as well with headliner Project Pat. Other notable acts at the Gathering include a fully reunited Geto Boys (now with 100% more Bushwick Bill), George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Danny Brown, DMX, Onyx (#rememberthe90s) and headlining the comedy stage, Cheech and Chong. Woop woop, indeed.

Oh, and here’s the infomercial. 

For those that missed last weekend’s festivities, Pitchfork is co-presenting the Basilica Festival in Hudson, New York on August 10th and 11th, a launch party of sorts for a factory-turned-performance-space just outside the Catskills under creative directors filmmaker Tony Stone and former Smashing Pumpkin Melissa Auf der Maur. The ‘fest features a number of curated and tailored events and art exhibitions, including Brandon Stosuy’s "Metal Machine Music: Solo Noise Artists and Their Machines" featuring Liturgy and Brian DeRan’s "Neidan!" with art and sculpture alongside music from Prince Rama, Gang Gang Dance and more. More events and acts, including a cruise on the Hudson River and "Blazer, a New Mexico-based soundsystem owned and operated by Excepter’s Nathan Corbin," were added last week. 

The free Mad Decent Block Party returns to five North American cities this summer, beginning at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto on July 28th with headliners Zeds Dead and Claude Vonstroke. The rotating lineup will change for later shows in Philadelphia (August 4th), New York (August 5th), Chicago (August 18th) and Los Angeles (August 25th) and feature Mad Decent and Mad Decent-approved heavy hitters from the worlds of hip-hop, electronica, moombahton and more, including regulars like Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and Bonde do Role (potentially) alongside Brooklyn phenom Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Theophilus London, Lunice, Flosstradamus and Reptar.