ATTENTION CAMPERS: Summer Camp 2013 Just Around The Corner

YMSB at Canopy Club (photo: Michael Kaiz Photojournalism)

YMSB at Canopy Club (photo: Michael Kaiz Photojournalism)

Can you believe Summer Camp 2013 is ONLY 44 days away? What do you think of the lineup the crew put together this year? Pretty amazeballs if you ask me. The festival mainstays of moe. & Umphrey’s are again front and center holding down headlining spots.  But they share some pretty rarified company! The Wood Brothers and The Wailers were late adds that pleased many a camper. The only thing left to figure out is where everyone will be slotted with other great acts like Trey, Thievery Corporation, STS9, Avett Brothers, and YMSB.

The Wood Brothers (photo Michael Kaiz Photojournalism)

The Wood Brothers (photo Michael Kaiz Photojournalism)

photo Michael Kaiz Photojournalism

photo Michael Kaiz Photojournalism

Thievery Corporation is gonna rock the red barn late night.

Thievery Corporation is gonna rock the red barn late night.

I caught Thievery’s NYE show out in Vail as the ball dropped and we rang in 2013 at Dobson Ice Arena. Their mix of house electronic beats along side a live band with amazing female and male vocalists has been heard around the DC area for years. I’m thinking that the late night set with ZEDS DEAD is going to easily rival last years by Pretty Lights. Be sure to get your tickets to the RED BARN late nights while you still can. If not don’t worry they’ll have another set placed strategically throughout the awesome weekend at Three Sisters Park.

Lebanese Blond by Thievery...calling it for one of their sets.

Lebanese Blond by Thievery…calling it for one of their sets.

What sort of collaborations will we see this year at Camp? Will Trey get down with moe.? Will Yonder and Cornmeal team up? These are the questions that get people excited, and with 44 DAYS to go…let your imagination run wild.

Keller and Al team up and heat up Moonshine stage.

Keller and Al team up and heat up Moonshine stage.

Speaking of who is bringing rage sticks or totems this year? Last year saw some pretty unique creations, and I for one am gonna be scouting for the famous “STOP & GET DOWN” sign along with a host of others. I may give out prizes so be on the lookout for me and when you do see me throw up your best “rage face” for the picture.

This sign is my favorite...FGC likey it a lot too!

This sign is my favorite…FGC likey it a lot too!

Flowers for Janis

Flowers for Janis

I’m really thankful that this year i’ll have time in addition to covering the festival to hang with my band pals Family Groove Company, Old Shoe, Henhouse Prowlers, Afternoon Moon, Chicago Farmer, The Giving Tree Band, The Ragbirds, and Zmick. Friends are what makes the festival experience that much more special and its been almost a year since I hung out with my fellow CIT friends and Camp Counselor from last year. That’s a year TOO long for sure.

Part of last year's Camp Counselor/CIT crew & our fearless director.

Part of last year’s Camp Counselor/CIT crew & our fearless director.

Let’s see besides seeing Widespread Panic this weekend at UIC. I’m heading out west on tour with Old Shoe as they play a few Colorado dates at the end of April. If you are around Fort Collins (4/17), Steamboat Springs (4/18), Denver (4/19), or Nederland (4/20) make sure you look up where they are playing on that Facebook thing and get on down to check them out pre SC2013!  I’ll even share a tasty local beverage with you (if you are of age of course). Until we meet again at Camp keep your eyes peeled for the schedule and when its released start planning your romp through Three Sisters cause a good time starts with a good plan!

16_YMSB_03-07-13_Canopy Club_Photo by Michael Kaiz
Allie Kral and FGC

Allie Kral and FGC