Meet Your NYS Music Staff: Writer Christopher McMullen

Raised in the foothills of the Catskill mountains in Oneonta, New York Christopher McMullen was exposed to music at a young age. Dabbling in trombone and percussion, he also was a member of the school choir through high school. While in College at SUNY Oneonta, he traveled often around the country to see his favorite artists perform.

Christopher McMullenAttending concerts and festivals while still in high school, Christopher’s first solo show was Marilyn Manson opening for Nine Inch Nails at the Knickerbocker Arena in 1994. The very next summer he saw Phish for the first time at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, NY on the 25th of June, 1995. He have seen Phish approximately 84 more times since then, along with a plethora of other artists at various festivals and venues. Included in the list of these festivals are Outside Lands in San Francisco, Spin Summit in Colorado Springs, Electric Forest in Michigan, Bear Creek in Florida, All Good in West Virginia, Gnarnia in North Carolina and Wakarusa in Arkansas, just to name a few. Having recently attended Burning Man in Nevada, it’s safe to say that he will travel as far as it takes to go back again. An avid juggler, Christopher performs with an Upstate NY Fire performance troupe Cosmic Karma Fire at festivals all over the country.

He is hoping to travel the world as much as possible before its not an available option. He hopes to catch as many international festivals as possible while traveling. He would like to see some of the greats before they are no longer performing, including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, BB King, Weird Al Yankovic, Daft Punk, Roger Waters, Tom Petty & the Heart Breakers and Radiohead to name a few. Oh and Caravan Palace, Alt-J, De La Soul, and the Punch Brothers, yeah, them too.

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