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Starwood Festival XXIII 22-27 July 2003 - Sherman, NY

The Pufferdome

Rising from the field like Gaia's glowing nipple, tattooed in light and ringing with music, the Pufferdome is Starwood's own inflatable hemispherical pleasure palace!

Joe Rothenberg and Joe's OM Appliances present midnight parties with diverse musical styles and multi-media projections and effects.


Incus is a six piece Boston based band, founded by frontman Jason Cohen and ex-bassist, Steve Bird. Instruments include keys, tribal and orchestral percussion, bass and cello, augmented by ethereal female vocals. {Most notable perhaps, is the exclusion of any guitars from their lineup.}

With their use of dynamics and unusual instrumentation, Incus produces a hypnotic, tribal, and dark sound, which is heavy on the low-end, yet still manages to be uplifting and danceable. Their unique musical style has been described alternately as tribal goth, and darkworld. Listen to Incus MP3's.

Morticia's Chair

Morticia's Chair has gone through many changes in it's seven years of existence. The present trio, has been playing together for about a year, blending Rock and Traditional styles into it's own blend of original music. Founded by Guitarist/Vocalist Mark K., it's filled out on the Bass by Jesse Kramer and Percussionist Dave Alexi. The band is often accompanied by vocalist Gina Stropko and a long guest list of musicians playing various instruments. The band also performs unplugged versions of their songs and is always looking for unusual venues. Morticia's Chair plays in many of the local Cleveland concert clubs accompanying bands of many different genres.

Muruga Booker

Muruga Booker is a percussionist with an incredible list of credits, from jazz to rock, world beat to techno-rave. He started drumming in Detroit in the mid 50s, playing with such legends as John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells, and with Jim & Jean on their albums Changes and People World in the early 60s. When he played with Tim Harden at Woodstock, he met Swami Satchidananda and began a three-decade quest in Sida/Kundalini Yoga, touring with Swami Muktananda and Ram Das, and eventually attaining the titles of Nada Yogi and Go Swami. He played with Paul Winter Consort on "Something Wild in the Wind" in '68, at Carnegie Hall with the Brubeck Generation in '71, and replaced Airto with Weather Report to record "Sweet Nighter" in '73. In the 80s he recorded several albums with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, and produced trance-drumming records with Prem Das. In the 90s, he was part of Merl Saunder's Rainforest Band, recording with Jerry Garcia, did a CD with Babatunde Olatunji and Sikiru called "Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations", and played with his own band, The Global Village Ceremonial Band, often featuring ex-Big Brother guitarist James Gurley. This year he is accompanied by master tabla player Badal Roy and Drums of Passion's talking drum player Sikiru. Check out for MP3's of his music.

Peachee Nietchze

Peachy Nichi are known for their always energetic, often theatrical, humorous live performances all over New York State. They blend numerous musical styles including jug-band, polka, psychedelic, Irish jigs, drippy bossanova, rock n' roll, reggae, swing, and country-fried funk. Expect the usual guitars, bass, drums and keyboards to be joined by electric fiddle, sax, recorder, accordion, Trumpet, banjo and/or harmonica, in an almost-vaudevillian yet contemporary performance. The KneeCheese have opened for George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, and played with Hypnotic Clambake.


last updated 6/18/03