Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Light up the night with this GrouponLive deal to the Souper Groove Music Festival at Priedaine Latvian Society in Freehold. For $25, you get a two-day pass for general admission on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29 (up to a $47.95 value, including all fees). The pass includes camping and overnight parking. Gates open at 9 a.m.
At the inaugural Souper Groove Music Festival, 140 acres of New Jersey woodland become a nesting ground for some of the area’s biggest musical projects. Five-time Asbury Music Award winner Turtle Soup headlines both nights of the festival with an act lauded by Homegrown Music and Relix. During each of the band’s sets, Michael McDermott’s heavy bass forms an ocean bed for Ben Feld’s endless waves of keyboard riffs, upon which frontman Mudd’s booming voice proves a surprisingly agile surfer. Together the effect is reminiscent of the Grateful Dead’s, with a mix of hard electric riffs underscored by blues, bluegrass, and folk stylings.
Also igniting the stage, the Juggling Suns use meditative, harmonic musings to mystify and SPF 45 to keep their hands from burning. Suns frontman and scene staple Mark Diomede can also be caught with the bluesy Sandy Mack as a part of the Dead tribute band Alligator. Filling out the who’s who of the Asbury Park music scene is Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why, headed by a 20-year old guitarist whose surprisingly mature, reggae-flavored work is well documented on the band’s newest album, Live at the Saint.
The music schedule spotlights more than two dozen acts, but the outdoor celebration features far more than mind-blowing riffs. Among a diverse schedule of alternate activities are expert-led sun- and moon-themed yoga sessions, keyboard lessons with Dubproof’s Eleni Maltas, and glow-in-the-dark clown dodge ball. Fest-goers sleep beneath the stars on a level, grassy field or beneath their RV’s star-stickered ceiling for an additional $35 fee (no electricity hookups available).
1017 Route 33
Freehold, New Jersey 07728