NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.

Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers(Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, The Disco Biscuits, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mad-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s latest album, “F**k It! We’ll Do It Live – Volume 2” is available at http://considerthesourcemusic.bandcamp.com.

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Wild Things- we know that you have all been patiently awaiting updates about this year. We apologize for the lack of response on our end; know that it was not our intent to ignore any of you as we have been awaiting confirmation on information ourselves. While some of you may have heard rumors, we wanted to address these in as direct a manner as possible when we were fully able to.

We are ultimately making the very difficult decision to postpone Wild Woods for 2019.

Given the mounting responsibilities in our personal lives, coupled with existing financial obligations in the professional life of our company’s founder, it would be irresponsible of us as a business entity to attempt a project of this scale with such limited attention to devote to it. This, in addition to pending changes on the farm allowing the Page’s to only consider weddings and small private events at this time, has led us to the conclusion that the best course of action for our patrons, ourselves, and all other parties involved is to take a step back this year. It would be unfair of us to offer a service that we weren’t confident we could deliver on to our patrons, as well as a disservice to the vision we have worked to create. In postponing Wild Woods, we aim to internalize much of what we have learned in an administrative sense and apply these lessons to future projects and events when our personal lives allow. We of course will provide any future updates.

While we deliberated a number of options as to how we could move forward this year, from alternate venues to bringing new expertise on board, our final decision was a reflection of the uniqueness of the community we have fostered. Quite simply, without our core producers or Page Farm, it would not be Wild Woods.

In five short years, we have learned more about ourselves and our community than we could have ever imagined. From where we’ve stood, we have seen the power of unity translate into our creative vision through pure mutual support of one another. We have also seen where our community needs healing from some of the seedier elements of the scene, from business practices to personal conduct; we thank some of you for showing us how not to do it. We’ve even seen a greased up guy stage dive during our late nights on B Stage. We say it every year, but without each and every one of you from staff to patron, Wild Woods would have been a one-off kegger in the woods. There can be no collective without the individual, and for that we cannot adequately express our appreciation.

Though it is difficult for us to come to terms with the fact that we won’t be seeing all of your faces at the Farm this summer, the memories and friendships we have created at Wild Woods can be taken into a brighter future. Despite the fact that we’ll be missing our favorite weekend of the year, we hope to enjoy the music that brought us all together in the first place from the same side of the stage as you all throughout the year!

Sincerely,

Dan, Jeff, and Ryan
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WILD THINGS - We can't thank you all enough for sharing in what was surely our favorite Wild Woods to date. Every year our family grows and this year was no exception; from our old friends The Reliquarium, Brainwave Laser & FX, LLC, Sonic Beating, Encore Event Services, LLC and VII Studios, to our new friends Rhizome NYC, Sermon, Hennessey Sound Design, to our amazing performers headed up by Katie Rose and our new staff members, y'all are the most talented group of creators and problem solvers the Northeast has to offer. This was the smoothest year yet all thanks to the synchronicity and flexibility between our crews.

Collectively working ourselves down to our bones is all made worthwhile when we get to look out and see all of your smiling faces in the crowd. Five years have gone by in the blink of an eye and we are amazed by the growth, lessons, and friends we've gained along the way. To simply leave it at "thank you" is perhaps the greatest understatement of all time.

We love you all!

-Ryan, Dan, and Jeff
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✨ Such a colorful crowd ✨ Until next year, Wild Woods family! ✨

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