Preview: Phish Late Nights in Chicago

This weekend Phish will be taking over Chicago for a three night run at Northerly Island.  With Saturday already sold out, Kuroda sporting a new light rig, and a completely revamped venue, this is bound to be a throwdown!  But the party doesn’t stop there!  Quite a few Summer Camp favorites are playing late night shows all around Chicago this weekend.  Here’s a little heads up on some don’t-miss late nights for those of you heading to Phish….

Friday night the funk machine better known as Dumpstaphunk will be playing the House of Blues in Chicago. Their newest album, Dirty Word (available for pre-order), is about to drop at the end of the month, so this late night is guaranteed to get DIRTY!!! “We are touring in support of the new Album, so people will definitely hear new material,” says drummer Nikki Glaspie.  Not to mention that the HOB is one of the few venues in the Midwest to have a spring floor, which means you have no choice but to get down the minute the music starts and getting down is exactly what NOLA’s Dumpstaphunk is known for.


Dumpstaphunk @Scamp 2013
Photo by Kristine Condon

Chicago holds a special place in Dumpsta history.  It was at the Mid back in 2011 that drummer, Nikki Glaspie, played her first show as an official member of Dumpstaphunk. In two short years she has brought the band to a whole other level. This late night will be a  funky dance party through and through. What a great way to kick off the weekend!


On Saturday, one of our favorite Summer Camp up and coming bands, Spread, will be throwing a PHantastical late night at the Hard Rock Cafe.  The event is being billed as the Gamehedge late night.

Spread at Scamp 2013
Photo by Kristine Condon

If you are not familiar, Gamehenge was the setting of a musical masterpiece Trey Anastasio developed in college for his senior year project way back in 1987.  It is basically the story of a man on a journey to get the goods.  I won’t give away too much, but lets just say this album was the platform on which Phish was constructed. So in the same fashion that Phish grew into the beast it is today, Spread throws down some heavy improvisation in every song they play.  They are guaranteed to split open the Hard Rock Cafe and we might even get a “Wiiiillllllsoooon” tease thrown in the mix.

Finally, Summer Camp’s favorite late night act is doing what they do best by providing a Talking Heads dance party until the wee hours of the morning.  This Must Be The Band will be playing Martyrs  7/20 and 7/21. Their first set on both Saturday and Sunday will be all request, where the loudest person in the crowd gets to choose what gets played next (so long as it’s Talking Heads music).  The second set each night will be Speaking in Tongues, note by note.  How neat is that?!


Needless to say, Summertime Chi is in full swing, SCampers! This weekend is going to be the type where the party just doesn’t stop….  So get out there and get your groove on!