Review: Mojostock Music Festival 

click to enlarge Eumatik closed out Friday night.
  • Eumatik closed out Friday night.

Mojostock was a refreshing reminder that Indy has a lot of talented local bands and DJs that can regularly be checked out around the city. And if you haven't yet, go dabble in their music because when they become famous and tickets prices sky rocket, you can say you knew them first.

The Sleepybear Campground is a small location for a festival but was the perfect size for this family-feeling event. The owner was one of the friendliest people I have met all summer and could make anyone feel at home there.

With three stages, music was in abundance with options and variety. From jam bands like Funky Junk to electronic DJ sets like Kodama, there was a little bit of fun for everyone.

It's not every day there is a music festival down the street from home so I took advantage of this by running home Saturday for a shower and uninterrupted nap in my bed. There were a lot of first time festival-goers I met who all seemed to be loving the experience. My first festival had been a local one as well and I think it is a perfect place to begin the journey.

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On Friday, I found the stage schedule later than I should have and missed some great acts I had been hoping to catch. I made it for the end of Bad Dagger though, who gets credit for being the newly discovered music I'll now listen to. Eumatik closed out Friday with a funky set that kept a smile on my face all the way to their Snoop Dogg ending. It was one of those please-tell-me-music-is-not-over-for-the-night moments.

Saturday night Shy Guy Says prepped the crowd for Terravita. The last time I saw Shy Guy Says, he prepped the crowd for ZomBoy. Next time I see him, I hope someone is prepping the crowd for him because he's a fluid EDM DJ. He read the vibes of the crowd and kept the drops wild for his entire set.

Terravita then took the stage and kept the crowd hyped. When I listened to their Soundcloud prior to this weekend, I was unsure what to expect. But after Saturday, it is clear this Firepower Records artist definitely fits under the same label as Datsik and Excision. Their crafty raps even added some edge and reminded me of my favorite Zeds Dead EP, where they partnered with Omar Linx.

After Terravita, I rested my legs while catching the end of the Twin Cats set. I emphasize the "I" because most of the crowd was dancing the night away. Then finally to close out the festival, Magnetic took the stage with several guest stars to accompany him and it was fantastic. The last time I saw Magnetic, his set was during the day and did not get the attention he deserves. But Saturday he finally got his thunder. The guest musicians stayed in sync with his set and kept it entertaining.

No matter how large or small a festival is, there are key things I want to see and MojoStock got them all right. Smiles filled the faces. Hammocks filled the trees. Bass filled the speakers and everyone's cups were half full with good attitudes. The headlining act Terravita filled the main tent stage and dancing feet filled the shoes. Nice job!

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