Friday is now in the books. The weather was sunny, the night was cold, and the people were alive on the first official day of Summer Camp. Overnight it seemed there was a spontaneous combustion of tents filling every single inch of real estate in the woods. Hippie traps were plentiful.
Seeing a band you like for the first time is always exciting, especially when you see three or four big acts in the same day. For Friday’s list of sets I got to see STS9, Paper Diamond, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Sound Tribe threw in a nice variation of Scheme, my favorite song off their newest album, on their Friday Set. Paper Diamond has been an artist on my musical hit list ever since his album Levitate.
After the late night show things got interesting. A random encounter brought by a group of people introducing their “pet cooler” and they tried to convince the group the cooler was well behaved, potty-trained, and definitely a people-dog (cooler). This has happened to me three years in a row right by the campfire stage and it is funny every time. After meeting a few family “pets” we walked through the woods where suddenly tug of war competitions would come out of nowhere within a sea of people.
Lastly I just wanted to say that this year’s scheduling has the least amount of conflict I have seen through my festival experience. Last year it happened often with artists like Primus and Zeds Dead so it is nice when you don’t have to sacrifice experience.