Thursday Pre Par-tay

Summer Camp 2013 has FINALLY arrived and the Thursday party was a blast.  It really set the stage for the rest of the festival…this year is set to be the best one yet!  In terms of music, I finally was able to catch Digital Tape Machine.  They put on a great show, as is expected from such a talented union of musicians.  DTM consists of  Kris Myers, Joel Cummins, Joe Hettinga, David Arredondo, Marcus Rezak, and Dan Rucinski; members from multiple Chicago groups including Umphrey’s McGee, Strange Arrangement, Liquid Soul, Land of Atlantis, and the Hue.  The sound is a blend of electronica, jam and rock with a great variety to the style of their individual songs.

DJ Solo rocked out the vibe tent with sub dub steppy techno jams.  I saw him for the first time at Universal Rhythm Assembly at the Peoria Riverfront two years ago.  He caught my attention with his rendition of the Farmers Insurance slogan, “We are Farmers” and since then I have been a huge fan.  Then I was able to catch Sun Stereo, a Summer Camp veteran that keeps bringing their talents center stage.  This year they changed up their sound and really rocked it out.  Veering from their more mellow sounds they bumped it up and even had a little dub stereo come through.  They finished their show strong with a classic – Talking Heads “Burning Down the House.”

Some of the other things that are making this Summer Camp truly epic are the newly installed carnival rides.  Yes you read correctly.  If the music isn’t enough now you can really get your head spinning on some of their festival rides.  Also there are significant layout changes with nice wooden fences around VIP.  Clear paths and greater camping areas are making navigating Three Sisters Park a breeze.  In addition, the paths have gotten much more colorful and bright with an amped up array of LED butterflies and designs all over.  Yesterday was so great…can’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend has in store.