Indianapolis holds a special place in Umphrey’s McGee history. The band loves playing this city and they always have a great turnout from both fans and family. STS9, on the other had, capitalized on an opportunity to expand their fan base on STUMP tour by infiltrating Umph territory and impressing everyone with a stellar performance in the midst of a beautiful sun set.
I arrived in Indy early Friday afternoon, so early I was able to park right next to the venue just in time to catch Umphrey’s sound check. Security wasn’t posted up at the gates just yet so I walked right into the venue to enjoy my own private show. The best part was, no one really seemed to care I was there because they were too busy preparing for a flawless show at this imaculate outdoor venue.
After STS9′s sound check I decided to explore White River State Park, which is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is surrounded by Indiana University, museums, and even a zoo. I spent the rest of my afternoon walking around the park and came back to the venue just in time for the gates to open.
It wasn’t long before Up Until Now kicked off the festivities. This DJ has a funky dance party sound with a lot of hip hop elements added to the mix. He is pretty high energy and progressive so it was strange seeing him throw down when the sun was still high in the sky. He entertained the crowd as they ventured into the venue, picked up their free lawn chairs, and found themselves a comfortable spot on the grass. The lights were ineffective due to the sun and the small crowd of people who made it to the show that early in the day seemed distracted with getting shwilled and eating corndogs.
I took some time to check out the merch booth and I noticed quite a bit of new swag made specially for STUMP tour. Each show actually has a limited edition pin you could pick up along with STUMP summer tour t-shirts and posters. Both bands also had some pretty fly new gear to showcase on this tour like Umph’s ”Rage.Rest.Repeat” belts and STS9′s neon sunglasses.
Everyone started to settle in The Lawn once STS9 finally took the stage…
Set 1: STS9
STS9 kicked off night 2 of the 14 show tour with a laid back tune called “Grizzly.” Since this was an outdoor venue and the sun was still up, they had to adjust to playing in the daylight, something these festival headliners rarely experience these days.
Saxton’s LED screens provided a psychedelic backdrop for the band and their set eventually cracked open with energy. The treat of the set was “From Now On.” This song rarely makes in into the rotation these days and it was great to see the band get excited to be there, in that specific moment in time.
The crowd started to fill in and by the end of the set the lawn was packed with people. The sun began to set behind the stage and STS9 played a fantastic, yet safe show for a crowd of mostly Umprhey’s fans. They ended with F Word and 20-12, leaving us all on the edge of our lawn chairs with anticipation for the night’s headliners, Umprehy’s McGee.
Grizzly, Equinox, EHM, Inspire Strikes Back, From Now On, Metameme, Kaya, Grow, What Is Love?, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist, Really What?, Rent, F Word, 20-12
Set 2: Umph
The crowd exploded with excitement when Umphrey’s McGee finally took the stage for the second set of the evening. There was at least twice as many people at the Indianapolis show compared to the night before in Louisville and the majority were there to watch Umphrey’s epicness unfold.
The set began with a polished “Believe the Lie” right into a powerful ”Words.” You could tell right off the bat Umph was aiming high with this show. I was right in the thick of it, not too far from the rail when “Hurt Bird Bath” started. I could sense an insane energy percolate through the crowd as the song progressed through its motions. By the time the lights matched the energy of the music I thought I was going to go insane. I moved farther back for a better view of the lights and to give myself some space to clear my mind. For a short girl like me, The Lawn offers great lines of sight no matter where you are standing. Therefore, it really didn’t matter where I ended up at this point in the evening, so long as I could hear the beautiful music and see the pretty lights.
Towards the end of the last set the baseball stadium next to White River State Park had an amazing fireworks show, coinciding perfectly with Umph’s “Mulche’s Odyssey.” The song seemed to last forever and I was completely torn between watching the explosions next door and Waful’s light show. Let’s just say Indiana sure knows a thing or two about blowing things up!
Umphey’s encore ended the night on a high note. During “Preabmle”>”Mantis (Ghetts)” Umph threw in some STS9 flavor by teasing “Ramone & Emiglio.” Joel then came out blazing on vocals for Pink Floyd’s ”In the Flesh” before David Phipps joined him on keys. David Murphy also replaced Ryan Stasik on bass as the group journeyed into ”Another Brick in the Wall.” Witnessing this switchup made the crowd go absolutely bonkers and an epic dance party was had by all….
Believe the Lie > Words, Hurt Bird Bath, Deeper > Cemetery Walk, Cemetery Walk II, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Mulche’s Odyssey, The Floor
Encore: Preamble > Mantis Ghetts > In the Flesh > Another Brick in the Wall
 with Ramone & Emiglio (STS9) tease  with Dave Murphy replacing Ryan and David Phipps joining Joel
My journey to the land of STUMP started with a four and a half hour drive from Chicago to Louisville, KY. The last time I was in this beautiful city was when Umphrey’s McGee and Conspirator closed out an early fall tour at the Iroquois Amphitheater last September. This time around Umph went bit more classy by booking in one of the swankiest venues in town and asking the ever sophisticated STS9 to join them on the road.
The first show of tour took place at the immaculate Louisville Palace Theater. When you walk through the grand entrance of this venue you are immediately dazzled by the intricate artwork on the walls and ceiling. There is a lounge type bar on one side of the main lobby and the theater is on the other side.
I was lucky to score front row tickets for the assigned seating show and was glad I didn’t have deal with a bunch of drunk kids trying to steal my space on the rail. In fact, there was no rail, there wasn’t even a photo pit at the Palace. The only thing between me and the band was the stage. This was the first time I have ever been so close to the magic and it felt surreal.
I got to my seat a few notes into ”Push the Pig,” a lyrically underrated tune that has been part of Umphrey’s regular rotation for over a decade. The set seamlessly segued into the first part of “1348″ then “2×2,” taking us on a musical journey down the number line. A massive “DBK” sandwiched “Amble On,” a newer tune originating from a Jimmy Stewart fans voted to hear again at this year’s Umbowl. This “DBK” throw down contained just enough stop and go action to get everyone’s hips shaking and embodied all that good-time, fun-loving energy Umph is known for.
After “DBK” Bayliss announced a Police cover was about to get thrown in the mix and I couldn’t help hope for “Walking on the Moon.” It is a song I have been chasing for over 80 Umph shows, but on this specific night we got “Miss Grandanko.” I can’t really complain since I love the Police and it is another cover I have never heard them play before this show, but I couldn’t help feel a bit disappointed those first notes.
The guy next to me participated in the Headphones and Snowcones upgrade and he let me borrow his headphones for “FF>Puppet Strings.” Let me be the first to say that this experience was completely out of this world! The sound coming through the headphones was perfect, even with being in the first row. I was amazed at how clear Joel’s keys sounded and I noticed notes and tones I just couldn’t hear when they were blasting along side Brendan and Pony’s amps.
The end of the Umph’s Louisville set seemed like one long dance party with segues that didn’t end until they finished “1348.” It was almost like they were preparing us for the STS9 show that followed and it was the perfect way to kick off tour.
Umph Setlist :
Push the Pig > 1348 > 2×2, Der Bluten Kat > Amble On > Der Bluten Kat, Miss Gradenko, FF > Puppet String, The Triple Wide > (Don’t Fear) The Reaper > The Triple Wide -> 1348
 incomplete  with Roundabout (YES) teases  one verse
I noticed members of STS9 watching the end of Umph’s set from the side of the stage and I could tell they were excited to see their fans get on the headphones bandwagon. This was the first time this technology has been available for any other band besides Umphrey’s and for any non-seasoned live act out there, it could be risky. There is no room for flaws when you have 50 people in the audience intently listening to every note every band member is playing. Luckily, Tribe was ready for this challenge.
STS9 filled their set with some old school gems that tugged at this band’s musical roots. Songs like “Ramone & Emiglio,” ”Moon Socket,” and “Kamuy” brought me back to when I first fell in love with Sound Tribe. Murph’s bass vibrated right through me and seemed to tune the whole room into the same wavelength.
The energy of the set was fairly relaxed and free flowing. I have never had the opportunity to see STS9 this up close and personal and I couldn’t help notice elements of jazz in their approach to jamming. While I’ve always described their sound as electronic, I found myself zoned in on the artistic way Hunter Brown played his guitar and the ambient background energy supplied by percussionist Jeffree Lerner. The blending of all the individual parts was what created a beautiful fusion in each song STS9 played. I found myself mesmerized by the free flowing energy between every member of the band, like they were all locked in on the same sound expanding vision.
I must say that the absolute highlight of the evening for me was “And Some Are Angels…” Ever since I heard this song’s version on Axe the Winery, it has taken on a totally different meaning. Axe the Winery was an Axe the Cables event where STS9 stripped away their electronic elements for an entire show in order to showcase their sound in its most raw form, completely changing my perception of Sound Tribe’s music in the process.
The encore for the Louisville show was one for the books. Joel Cummings had warned us there would be some impressive sit ins but I don’t think I was expecting guitarist Jake Cinninger came out with STS9 and jam out the Rolling Stone’s ”Sympathy for the Devil.” The whole audience sang along with Jake has he blew the roof off the Louisville Palace Theater before STS9 finally closed out the night with “When the Dust Settles.”
Intro, Ramone & Emiglio, Moon Socket, Bigs > One Two Three, And Some Are Angels…, Blu Mood, March, Kamuy, Simulator, Arigato, Kabuki, Sympathy for the Devil*, When the Dust Settles *w/ Jake from Umphrey’s McGee
It was strange for most of the people in the room to only see one set from each band and though they were long sets, there was still a lack of fulfillment with each. Luckily, I still had two more shows ahead of me, which was more than enough to get my fix.
It’s been quite a while since Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 co-headlined a tour together. These bands have changed a lot over the last 6 years in both music production and with their party boy lifestyles. This evolutionary progress has created two mega beasts in the world of jambands and time has come for these titans to clash once more.
Tribe and Umphrey’s will be kicking off an epic summer tour in Louisville, KY. Then they head north for a handful of shows in the Midwest before venturing back to the Dirty South. Depending on the city, each band will switch off who opens or closes each night of tour. Collaborations between the two groups are highly anticipated and according to keyboardist Joel Cumming’s, there is guaranteed to be some impressive sit-ins along the way.
The venues for these shows are amazing and offer an unique opportunity for growth with each band. The co-headlining bill allows them to play bigger venues in front of larger crowds. The shows’ aesthetic will be even more elevated by combining two very impressive light rigs for one bad ass visual experience.
Umphrey’s newest nerdy endeavor, Headphones and Snowcones, gives audience members wireless headphones during the show, where they can listen to crystal clear audio live, straight from the mixing board to their eardrums. Yeah, that’s what’s up…
Courtesy of Umphreys.com
Besides Umph, this is the first time any other band will try Headphones and Snowcones during a live show. It is one of the most uniquely tailored concert experiences for any sound nerd out there and it will be available at all 14 shows for an extra 50 bucks a pop.
If you can’t make it to any of these shows, you are in luck! The bands are working on couch tour dates so peeps can watch the magic in the comfort of their own homes, where wearing pants is completely optional! The first couch tour date is set for Chicago on August 17th and hopefully more will come as the tour continues.
Hopefully this circus is stopping in a city near you… or else GET IN THE VAN because this tour is going to RAGE!
You can also follow my blog along the way! I will be hitting up the first three shows of this tour; Louisville, Indianapolis, and Chicago. I want to give my fellow campers a rundown on just how awesome each night unfolds. I’m also hoping to catch some late night shows featuring some of my favorite Summer Camp regulars like Cosby Sweater in Indy and Digital Tape Machine at the House of Blues in Chicago.
Dumpstaphunk played the House of Blues in Chicago on Friday, July 19th as Phish’s official late night show. In all honesty, this show was the highlight of my evening, especially since Phish was forced to cancel early due to a nasty storm that swept through the city. Along with opening act, The Revivalist, Dumpstaphunk threw down one top notch funky dance party that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.
Glaspie throwing down at the House of Blues
Chicago actually holds a special place in Dumpstaphunk history. Drummer Nikki Glaspie played her first show as an official member of Dumpstaphunk in Chicago just two short years ago. I got a chance to talk with Nikki before her show on Friday and let’s just say this chick is FIERCE! Her addition to the current lineup has elevated this band’s energy to a whole other stratosphere and her 15 minute drum solo Friday night completely blew me away.
Today, Dumpstaphunk will be releasing their latest album, Dirty Word, and this is the band’s first studio album since Nikki Glaspie joined the group. In the past she has helped produce, arrange, and record tracks in the studio for many other projects and artists, but Dirty Word is the first album where Nikki recorded material that she had also written.
Dumpstaphink is basically a super group of funk musicians, and Dirty Word showcases the musical range this band brings to the table. While each member has a notable musical background in funk, Nikki Glaspie is the only member not rooted in the New Orleans funk scene. Needless to say, her vocals pack quite a punch and her influence on the new album is obvious. ”I brought some of the rock element to the album. Whereas Nick Daniels brought the blues element and Ivan (Neville) brought a rock element too but a different type, almost like a Who-ish type vibe, and I brought just straight hard rock.”
Coming up with new material this day in age is often a reflection of what is already out there in the world of music. By staying true its origins, Dumpstaphunk’s mix of styles has brought funk music to a whole other level. ”We wanted people to know we are more than just a funk band,” explains Glaspie, ”We can play blues if we want to or we can play rock if we want to.”
Dirty Word was recorded in New Orleans and took about a year to complete. One of the most distinct difference between Dumphstaphunk and other funk bands is they lack a horn section. Luckily, artists Trombone Shorty and Skerik were close by to supply the horns for the album’s third track “I Wish You Would”. ”Skerik is an amazing tenor saxophone player, he’s sick!” says Nikki. They also added Rebirth Brass Band to mix for ”Raise the House,” a song that was meant to blow everyone away in true Mardi Gras fashion.
Dirty Word also contains some pretty notable contributions from artists Ani DiFranco and Art “Papa Funk” Neville. The album’s sixth track, “If I’m in Luck” is a dirty nasty Bettie Davis cover where Glaspie sings vocals and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers guest stars on bass. “It is so different than what Dumpstaphunk normally does or what people think we normally do,” explains Nikki “That was actually what we wanted for the record.” The band has been covering the tune since Nikki joined back in 2011. Just like it does in their live show, ”If I’m in Luck” adds quite a sassy flavor to the Dumpstaphunk catalog.
There is a certain stigma that surrounds funk music, which often gets snubbed because it goes against most of what pop music stands for. When asked about the album’s title, Glaspie explains how it is almost the perfect description of funk music from a funk band’s perspective. ”There is no category in the Grammys for funk,” she points out. “When we register our songs on BMI or ASCAP, there is no category to register our songs as funk songs. You know it’s like it’s not even recognized as a genre of music within the music industry. So, it’s like a dirty word.” The irony is that disco, house, EDM, and Hip-hop are all rooted in funk. Therefore without funk music, most of the pop music today would not exist and pop music is something Nikki Glaspie knows all too much about.
Nikki was fortunate to land a gig touring in an all-girl band backing up pop superstar Beyoncé. While touring with one of the most successful artists in the world is a dream come true for most musicians, it just wasn’t her thing. “Literally, if I had to play “Irreplaceable” one more time, I would have shot myself in the foot.” Nikki further explains, “I just couldn’t take it anymore.” Glaspie was at a crossroads where she felt she needed to be true to her art. Playing someone else’s music in a genre she could care less about no longer appealed to her. “I wanted to spread my wings. You know it was like I was super contained in that environment and I had to play the same thing over and over again. There was just no room for growth.”
Moving forward was a big step for her career. Funk music seemed to pull her in a direction where she knew she would enjoy being challenged. “I am a funkateer first and foremost, but I am also a rocker,” explains Nikki. Dumpstaphunk has given her a creative outlet where she can perform the same type of music she would want to listen to and see live. In other words, this is her dream job.
Dumpstaphunk at the House of Blues Chicago
Nikki Glaspie has now been touring with Dumpstaphunk virtually nonstop for the past two years. While it might seem like a huge leap from the all-female pop band she traveled the globe with, Nikki didn’t find adjusting all that difficult. “We all have a certain kinship living together on the road. It’s not as much of a difference as people would think or maybe as it would be in a different type of work environment. But because we are all musicians, and kind of all do the same thing, then the gender thing doesn’t really matter.”
Dumpstaphunk will continue to tour nonstop in support of the new album, which drops today. Download here.
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.
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.
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!
Pretty Lights’ newest album, A Color Map of the Sun, just dropped and let me be the first to say that this is one high quality, groove pumping, tastefully produced record. The progression of the album makes the listener feel like they are on a journey through the human condition, experiencing every emotion possible through their spiral down the rabbit hole.
This album was made for vinyl with vinyl produced by Pretty Lights. In fact, it comes with a whole extra disc of bonus material that is just that: The raw vinyl cuts that were used to produce the tracks found on Color Map. Each cut was orchestrated by Colorado’s very own home grown, Derek Vincent Smith, the mastermind behind Pretty Lights, who collaborated with dozens of musicians from around the country to produce one of his most soulful pieces of art to date. If you dig music, you better dig soul music, and A Color Map of the Sun smacks you across the face with soul.
The album’s first two tracks, “Color of My Soul” and “Press Pause” pack a soulful punch before Color Map really starts to throw down his bone moving grooves with “Let’s Get Busy.” The combination of both horns as strings brings layer upon layer of energy and purpose to almost every track on the album, yet the snap crackle pop of the vinyl brings the element of raw sound full circle.
While at times the album seems to lack the hip-hop references we are so used to hearing at a PL live show, it is almost as if A Color Map of the Sun is a nod to hip hop’s roots. In fact, too literal of a hip hop reference could have damaged the integrity of an album so full of raw musical expression. Pretty Lights seems determined to show the good, bad, and downright scary side of his musical aesthetic. ”Go Down Sunshine”, “So Bright”, and “Dead Wrong” explore the depths of PL’s dark side. On the other end of the spectrum, “Yellow Bird” and “One Day They’ll Know” have a more relaxed, ethereal sound that seems to provide balance to the album. It takes guts to express these types of musical emotions and it is definitely not commonplace within this genre of music.
As with all of Pretty Lights tracks, you can download the entire album for free or it can be purchased through iTunes or Prettylightsmusic.com. As an independent artist, he has found great success by making his music available to everyone for free over the years (with only the suggestion of donation.) In order to provide a bit more incentive for fans to pay, PL is offering a variety pack of goodies in order to entice fans to open their checkbooks. Color Map vinyls, pins, t-shirts, bonus tracks, and a neat little book all about the album have nearly all sold out through pre order. Luckily, there is more swag being produced and record stores are currently stocking their shelves with LP, but I am sure they won’t last long.
PL made a sweet little video on the making of A Color Map of the Sun you can check out here!!!
The PL YouTube channel also has music videos for every track on the album, along with visual art to emphasize the overall concept that is “Pretty Lights.” Check out the playlist here.
On Friday afternoon at Summer Camp 2013 the good people at Scamp HQ asked if I wanted to interview a dubstep DJ. I had no time whatsoever to prepare and I was not really familiar with his sound. On top of that, this was actually the first interview I have ever done with any artist EVER! Not knowing a thing about dubstep, I jumped right and just let it flow. I knew what I was getting myself into when I first applied to be a Counselor at Summer Camp, so this was my make it or break it moment. Needless to say, I channeled my inner Oprah and enjoyed every minute of it!
Minnesota is a young dubstep/glitch hop DJ that is based out of California. Originally from Minnesota, this Midwest dude doesn’t take himself too seriously which was a huge relief once I actually sat down to talk with him outside the church. We covered a lot in the short time I interviewed him, from his Midwest roots to playing festivals all around the country. He has opened for many of our favorite Summer Camp artists including STS9 and he will even be playing with Lotus at Red Rocks in September. In the meantime, he will be dropping bass all over the country this summer including Spring Awakening next weekend in Chicago.
I could probably write a book about my 2013 Summer Camp experience. There is a variety pack of blogs I have planned for the future and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite vendors, festy food, and artist interviews with my all my Scamp family.
Summer Camp 2013
For now, I want to share a video that pretty much sums up my time at this year’s Scamp. This whole process has been a very different experience than anything I have ever done before. I have never blogged, interviewed artists, shot and edited a video, or documented any part of a music festival before. While I am still learning quite a bit, I feel like I represented my favorite parts of Summer Camp the best I could. My goal from the beginning was to capture my favorite aspects of Camp while still staying true to the scene.
Please enjoy this video recap for Summer Camp 2013 and keep checking back because there is a TON more I want to show you!
Laser Guided Visions is a vendor you just might see at every music festival you go to. They specialize in hologram art in the form of posters, business cards, and even wearable accessories. Basically, they bring 3D interactive art to clothing so you can showcase these awesome designs everywhere you go.
My favorite hologram accessory is the flat brim hat that features the amazing art of Luke Brown or Alex Grey. The artwork is converted to a hologram format and is then attached to a custom designed Grassroots hat. The hologram gives these hats a very unique psychedelic aesthetic unlike any other hat out there.
Since last summer I have been noticing these holograms everywhere I go and I wanted to investigate a little further. I was able to talk with Raja, the man behind the holograms, at Summer Camp 2013. Check out the video…it is HYSTERICAL!!!
Well Summer Campers,
It has been a week since I had the time of my life at Summer Camp Music Festival. It’s crazy to think of all the cool things I was able to be a part of as a Counselor in Training.
I went back and read my first blog to remind myself of my pre-fest expectations and it is hysterical how off I was! I don’t think there is any way I could have prepared to be a CIT. After 9 years of coming to Summer Camp, I really wanted to share all the essential parts that make me come back again and again. While music is a huge factor, the food, vending, vibe, and sense of community is unlike any festival I have ever been to.
Summer Camp 2013
This year I experienced how the fest operates first hand and I met a ton of amazing people who help pull all the parts together in order to give us all a home away from home on Memorial Day weekend. Without their dedication and hard work, Summer Camp would have ceased to exist many years ago. After talking with them and seeing their passion for Summer Camp, it is clear this fest will be around forever.
So based on my experiences, these are the real Summer Camp Counselors…
Mike Armintrout multitasking at Summer Camp!
Mike Armintrout organizes the vendors, helps craft the line up, books artists, and oversees operations throughout the fest. He has been with Summer Camp since it’s very first year and is extremely passionate about providing Summer Campers with a well rounded festival experience. Most of the vendors that come to Summer Camp return every year thanks to Mike’s hard work and dedication. With the help of Ian Goldberg of Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment and Don Sullivan of Jam Productions, he carefully craft lineups that provide Summer Campers with an amazing variety of music year after year. If you ever wondered whose decision it was to book Lettuce, Big Boi, and Trey Band all on the same day, these are your men.
Vanessa Robinson orchestrating the Make a Difference private barn show!
Vanessa Robinson is in charge of the Green Team and Make a Difference, which encompasses sustainability, non profits, volunteers, Soulshine and accessibility. She is the person to thank for the Live Art Gallery, raffles, treasure hunt, and the private Everyone Orchestra show held in the barn on Sunday. While she has a ridiculous amount of responsibilities, she runs Summer Camp like a BOSS! Every project she is a part of is well thought out and geared towards promoting a healthy Summer Camp community.
Gabrielle Falconer holding down media head quarters!
Gabrielle Falconer is in charge of media, marketing, and publicity for Summer Camp. This lovely lady is the main contact for all photographers, videographers, and press. In other words, she makes sure the fest gets documented so Campers can relive their favorite moments over and over again. Gabrielle is also the person who provides communication between the fest and those that attend it through social media like Facebook and Twitter. It is her job to let us know about changes in the line up, when ticket prices go up, or where to find some awesome videos from our favorite sets at Summer Camp.
Danny, Adam, and Graham, making dreams come true at Summer Camp 2013!
Daniyel Turner and Graham Sauser run the Summer Camp Counselor Program with the help of their intern, Adam. These gentlemen worked diligently to get the Camp Counselors and CIT’s their most sought after interviews, made sure we had everything we needed to make the best blogs for the fest, and even carted us around from time to time so we didn’t have to miss our favorite music. Without their help, I would have never gotten the chance to interview Karl Denson or Allie Kral, sit in the photo pit while Umph raged “All in Time”, or witness all the hard work it takes to put on an amazing fest like Summer Camp. There are over a dozen bloggers and cameramen they take care of throughout the weekend in order to share the Summer Camp experience with the rest of the world.
I can not tell you enough how awesome this festival family is. The effort they put forth to enhance our experience is something I have never witnessed before. I find it funny that I have been to Summer Camp so many times and yet it never occurred to me that there was such a small group of individuals pulling all the pieces together behind the scenes. I can not thank them enough for providing me with the most amazing memories and helping me feel like a kid again every year at Summer Camp.