Sunday at Summer Camp was probably my busiest day of the weekend. As a CIT, I had a plan to cover a ton of music at the fest along with highlighting the culture and community aspects of Camp. When I woke up Sunday morning, I was a bit overwhelmed with all that was still left on my to do list. I got to work right away but I still missed an awful lot of music in order to get the best material I could for future blogs and vlogs.
I started out my day by attending a talk with the band Tauk. These guys hail from New York and this was their second Summer Camp. This talk was basically a room of people asking the young band about their sound, influences, and how they became musicians. It also involved them asking us questions about the music scene in the Midwest. By the end of our talk with Tauk, I walked away with really good idea of how this young band has developed their sound and how they plan on sharing it with as many people as possible.
From the church, I headed on over to the 312 Vibe Tent to drop in on the field day keg party. I am not sure if you’ve heard the rumors but there was a renegade field day team that called themselves “Team Clear”. I just so happened to be the team captain of Team Clear and our goal was to not show up for anything. In fact, our motto was, “First we’re here, now we’re clear.” I got to talk with some of the other field day team captains and they thought it was hysterical! They even let me take a picture with the field day trophy to share with the rest of my team.
The rain this year was probably the worse I have ever seen at Summer Camp. We knew a pretty big storm was coming in Sunday afternoon so we had to get most of our videos and pictures done before before it started to rain. My camera guy, Mike, was such a trooper as I dragged him from one end of the fest to the other, getting as many interviews, pictures, and music footage as we could. While I was only able to catch a few songs at each stage, I still got to see Van Ghost, Lettuce, DJ Solo, and the Everyone Orchestra before the downpour began.
The Everyone Orchestra show was really something special. Matt Butler conducts a handful of amazing artists from our favorite bands as they jam from one style of music to another, layering their sounds for a truly epic orchestrated sound. Each musician gets to lead a jam and Butler uses a dry erase board to direct where the jam will head next. He even gets the audience involved in order to include “everyone” in the room. This is an exclusive show put on by Summer Camp’s Make a Difference team. Basically, the show takes place in the Red Barn and is only offered to Campers that help with the fest’s greening initiatives. It is also offered to those who participate in the fest’s community programs like field day and the camp counselors.
Just as we walked out of the Make a Difference show we noticed that the sky was getting a bit dark and maybe it was time to put away our equipment before it got soaked. Mike and I were able to take refuge in the church for a bit, but then decided we weren’t going to let this rain keep us from the music we really wanted to see. I got on my rain boots and poncho and made my way to the Camping Stage, where Tauk was raging through the rain. After hearing their background earlier in the day, I was really excited to check this band out for the first time. While it was obvious their drummer Isaac was soaking wet, the music was fantastic and they did a really cool cover of Immigrant Song originally by Led Zeppelin.