Radkey is an up and coming punk band who is slowly taking the Midwest by storm and even in Europe! I saw them for the first time on August 23rd and they blew me away with how good they were! Radkey consists of three brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri, which is an hour north of Kansas City. Dee is the guitarist and vocalist. His voice is amazing, his vocals sound similar to Danzig (from the Misfits), but he also can surprise you with a melodic scream every once in a while. Isaiah is on bass and he does most of the talking for the band between songs. I found out from him that the band is really into anime and they don’t care what people think about it! Then the youngest brother Solomon is on the drums. They’re quite a unique band since their influences consist of the classics like the Who, the Beatles, Fishbone, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and so many more. How many teenagers now days are listening to or even influenced by these classics?! Radkey has even opened up for Fishbone and they have even played the AfroPunk festival in NY with many other major artists.
Here’s a few pics from when I saw them at Fubar on August 23rd
Here’s me with Isaiah the bassist and their EP that I just bought.
They played an amazing show! If you’re into punk, they are a must see act! I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys end up playing large venues like the Pageant in the next 5 years. Radkey is currently promoting their first EP titled Cat & Mouse which you can listen to it here. They are playing a few more shows in the Midwest, like Riotfest in Chicago, and then they’re playing a few dates in Europe, so make sure you catch them while you can!
Only one more week till Scamp time! Some acts that are a MUST see for me are Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn band late Thursday 1:30am – 3:00am at the Campfire stage and then 7 hours later at noon-1pm at the Starshine stage, be ready for a foot stompin’ good ol’ time! Medeski Martin and Wood Friday 4-5:15pm at the Moonshine stage (I’ve only seen the Wood brothers live, but never all 3!). Big Boi (from Outkast) Sunday 6:30-8:00pm at the Moonshine stage. I also want to catch the Summer Camp Masquerade Troupe winners since it was so awesome seeing their videos! On their page, it says the winners are performing for various artists at different times but most will be performing at 11pm Saturday in the Vibe Tent. If you haven’t checked out the winners, click HERE to view their awesome videos!
Also, I’m going to spend most of my time attending field day events at Summer Camp. Here’s a picture of me last year participating in dodge ball and being the only Yellow Team member left standing against the Purple Team. I’m not going to lie, that moment was a little scary.
My man Adam and I had such a blast participating last year that we want to try to attend EVERY even (if possible) this year and come out of it with a win for Yellow Team! Anyone remember Yellow Team’s only win last year?!?! Well if you don’t, here’s a picture of it
We only won male arm wrestling in 2012, but at least we know we’re strong! But this year, expect there to be more wins from Yellow Team. GO YELLOW TEAM! This is our year! Woo!
What I’m most excited about is spending time with my friends, meeting up with friends that I met up at Scamp last year, and celebrating my birthday again at Scamp!
Can’t wait to see ya at Scamp!
On March 7th, I went to the Old Rock House in St. Louis to catch the second stop of the Big Damn Revolution tour, which was headlined by Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. When I first walked in, the Rev’s opener Jimbo Mathus had just started his set with his band called the Tri-County Coalition. Jimbo is also the front man of the swing/jazz band Squirrel Nut Zippers. Although, he played a rockin’ blues style of music with his band the Tri-State Coalition and mostly played tracks off of his new album “White Buffalo.” Here’s a pic of their performance…
After Jimbo’s set, I tracked him down and talked to him for a little bit. Then I asked him if he wouldn’t mind taking a picute with me holding up a picture of my brother since he couldn’t make it and is a big fan of his, and he was more than happy to oblige. Here’s the pic…
Next, my friend Alicia and I snagged a spot in the front row just as the members of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band strolled on stage. The band includes The Rev himself on steel guitar, electric guitar, and 3-string cigar box guitar; Breezy (the Rev’s wife) on washboard; and Aaron “Cuz” Persinger (a distant cousin of the Rev) on drums. Cuz’s unique drum kit even includes an upside-down 5 gallon bucket! Here’s a few pics from their set…
The Rev is so talented that he even plays bass while is playing guitar! This is a technique that is a dying art form, but few still keep it alive. The Rev then showed the crowd his talent by first playing bass on the lower string with his thumb and then played the melody at the same time with his other fingers. I’ve seen Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn band 3 other times, and I always forget that the Rev is multi-tasking during every song. The show continued on and they played several songs off of their album Between the Ditches. They also played some of my favorites such as “Mama’s Fried Potatoes”, “Your Cousin’s on Cops”, “Clap Your Hands”, and then they ended the show with an encore of their song “Two Bottles of Wine” with Jimbo Mathus and his band. Here’s a pic of them singing together…
My friend and I finished off the night in catching some autographs and pictures with Rev and his wife Breezy. Then I parted from them by saying “See ya at Summer Camp!” and they seemed surprised to see that someone from one of their city shows was going to see them at a festival and then they said “Yeah! I think we’re playing Thursday!”
It’s always a great boot stomping time seeing Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and I can’t wait to see them at Scamp! They’re an act not to be missed!
If you’re from Missouri or Illinois, I’m sure you’ve heard of or have seen Aaron Kamm and the One Drops. They are an act that no reggae, blues, or jam band lover should miss! AKOD have been around for over 4 years and have 3 studio albums out titled The Bomb and the Beast, grow, and gnu-gnu. I have all 3 albums, so if you want to check them out just ask me! Aaron Kamm himself plays guitar in which he shreds the most intense blues solos and is lead vocals with his soulfully smooth voice. The One Drops include the talented Andy Lee Dorris on bass and the Sean Raila on drums who plays beats faster than you can say “one drops!” They tend to play a couple times a month in St. Louis making them a key staple to the ever growing St. Louis music scene. They also have played several smaller festivals in Missouri and Illinois, and hit up Edwardsville, IL, Columbia, MO and Carbondale, MO at least once a month. I’ve seen them way too many times to coun, but my favorite time seeing them was in southern Missouri at Bearcat Getaway campground after a long day of floating. This is one band that I definitely would watch in 2013 since their shows are getting more and more packed by the month. So if you like reggae, blues, jam, and love to dance, then I suggest you get yourself to one of their shows soon! If you want to a taste of their sound, click here!
Sorry I haven’t been on here in some months. I had some pretty big things going on in my life. But besides that, I just wanted to take a moment and remember a great Summer Camp neighbor Jay, in which my friend Joe, my man Adam, our friends, and I got to know at Summer Camp 2012 and we were looking forward to camping by him again in 2013. Luckily, my friends got to neighbor-up with him at Electric Forest a month after Scamp 2012. But unfortunately, Jay passed away in January. He was such a kind and sharing person and had the best hangout spot in our neighborhood at Scamp, and with the few days that I got to know him, he made it perfectly clear that he loved his dubstep, electronica music, and anyone he came in contact with. R.I.P. Jay buddy, we’ll rage it up this year in your memory! You showed me that Scamp neighbors are the best neighbors!
<3 your girl,
I had a great opportunity to attend the Saturday of Loufest and got to get inside an hour before it opened since I was helping work a booth. Loufest is more of an indie and new music type of festival. They have 2 main stages and another stage in the kids area. Since I was helping with a booth in the kids area, I was able to see every band at the kids stage. This stage’s line-up consisted of local middle school, high school, and college age bands playing all day.
I was able to catch most of the bands on the main stages throughout the day as well. The first band that I saw was a local St. Louis duo Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult who go by Sleepy Kitty.
These two originate from Chicago and one fun fact about them is that they have been voted STL’s “best poster designers.”
After taking a break and picking up my fellow Summer Camp friend Joe, we headed back up to Loufest that evening and caught Dinosaur Jr. and Girl Talk. I have ALWAYS wanted to see Dinosaur Jr. so I was ecstatic when they came out and started rocking my face off.
Then my friend and I left Dinosaur Jr. a little early so we could find a good spot in Girl Talk’s crowd to be in the middle of the party. I’ve seen Girl Talk a couple times before so being in the middle and dancing with total strangers who are just as excited to dance as hard as you is always ideal. If you know anything about Girl Talk, you know the brains behind the operation is the one-man band/sample machine Gregg Gillis. He always has someone pick people out of the crowd beforehand who are dressed eccentric or out of the ordinary to spend their whole time dancing on stage to his fast beats. That’s why at this show there were two Where’s Waldos and many others who were dressed strangely on stage. Also, before the show, he always picks two individuals from the crowd to use leaf-blowers with toilet paper rolls attached to the end to shower the audience with toilet paper. There wasn’t a moment where everyone or myself weren’t dancing!!
If you like hot jazz or the Squirrel Nut Zipper’s, there’s a band that travels frequently through the Midwest that you MUST see! They’re called Davina and the Vagabonds. These classy folks tour year round, but they are mostly known in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.
The lead singer and pianist of this classy band is Davina and I must say, she is a powerhouse and has the perfect voice for hot jazz. The Vagabonds include Michael Carvale (vocals/upright bass), Connor Mcrae (vocals/drums), Dan Eikmeier (vocals/trumpet), and Ben Link (vocals/trombone). Davina and the Vagabonds put together amazing songs that are not only musically pleasing, but also lyrically pleasing. Davina was even the 2009 International Songwriting Competition winner, easily proving that her poetic lyrics are a work of art. Not only do they play their own songs that are lyrically and musically well put together, but they also play covers of other classic musicians such as T-Bone Walker and Sam Cooke. Here’s a clip of them playing the T-Bone Walker song “I’ll Always Be In Love With You” in St. Louis on June 14th. Another reason to catch one of their shows is to see Davina’s awesome facial expressions! They’re fantastic. So if you live in the Midwest and interested in something different for a change or just like hot jazz, make sure you check out Davina and the Vagabonds!
June 24th was one of the most fantastic nights of ska that I’ve seen in a very long time. I was on vacation and hit up Cleveland in the beginning of my trip to see Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger and Big D and the Kids Table at the House of Blues. I was so glad that I purchased the day before this show because once I got to the venue everyone was begging for tickets. I guess ska is just as popular in Cleveland as it is in St. Louis.
When I was waiting for the first set to start, I was surprised when I saw that the backdrop on stage read Big D and the Kids Table, because originally they weren’t on the line-up. So I was in complete SHOCK when I saw them come out to play their set. The crowd went absolutely nuts when they started with their first song “Steady Riot”. The pit was at full energy and people were crowd surfing left and right during their entire set. Big D really gave me a big boost of much needed energy since my man and I had just driven 9 hours straight from St. Louis before the show.
Next up was Goldfinger, I was most excited to see them since I’ve never seen them live before. As soon as they came on, I joined everyone else in the pit in singing the first song of their set “Spokesman”. It was amazing; I hadn’t seen such an excited and lively crowd at a show in years. Every person in the House of Blues was on their feet rockin’ out. Goldfinger ended their set with two of my favorite songs “Superman” and their cover of the Nena song “99 Red Balloons”. I was so excited that I even crowd surfed during “Superman” (which I hadn’t done since I was a teenager). What an amaaaazing show!
Now that I was drenched in everyone’s sweat from Goldfinger’s pit, I still had to wait for Reel Big Fish to come on. Last time I saw them live was 8 years ago and it was an awesome show, so I knew I was in for a good performance. They started their set with one of my favorite songs “The Kids Don’t Like It” and just about everyone in the House of Blues went nuts. People were dancing everywhere! They also played some of my other favorites such as: “Good Thing”, “Beer”, “She Has a Girlfriend Now”, and “Sellout”. I danced through their entire set and I must say, Cleveland truly knows how to do ska right! If it weren’t for the fans going crazy for every song that came out of Big D, Goldfinger, and Reel Big Fish, the show wouldn’t have been nearly as amazing and memorable as it was…all I have to say is, St. Louis and future cities, brace yourself for this awesome packed show coming your way!
Yellow Team, OH YEA, Pac That!! Wo wo wo wo!
I thoroughly enjoyed having the option to participate and watch the Field Day events at Summer Camp. It was a great option to have a great time and make friends when I didn’t have any acts to catch. Summer Camp is the only festival that I’ve been to who offers these fun events. I really enjoyed being able to participate with the YELLOW TEAM not only because of the keg party at the end, but because I made many more great friends with not only my teammates, but with the other teams as well. But what really made the icing on the cake is when I heard that I won MVP of the females for Yellow Team! So awesome!
One of the events that I watched was Yellow Team’s match of tug-of-war against the Purple Team. I couldn’t participate since we had too many participants, but I made a great cheerleader, yellow pom poms and all!
Here’s a look at the Yellow Team looking all TOUGH at of tug-of-war
In the end, we lost to the Purple Team…
Next up was arm wrestling, and I participated in female arm wrestling (since I’m so buff and all)
I was the first one up against the participant of the Red Team…I’m not going to lie, I was a tad scared. Here’s some pics from my match
Here’s Red Team against Blue Team
And then Red Team’s final defeat against the Purple Team
Next up was the male wrestling match and the best moment for the Yellow Team! My main squeeze Adam volunteered to be our male participant.
The Red Team and Blue Team started it off. Here’s a look at the Red Team defeating the Blue Team.
And now the Yellow Team defeating the Red Team
And the win for the win! Yellow Team defeating the Purple Team
The Purple Team contestant didn’t believe that he lost, so he challenged our Yellow Team participant many times after it was over, but the Yellow Team won each time.
Next up was dodge ball! First our team played against the Red Team, we easily defeated them with 4 people still in the game on Yellow Team. Then we played against the ever-strong Purple Team for a chance at the win. We were doing fantastic at catching and dodging the Purple Team’s throws, but before I knew it, I the LAST one left of the Yellow Team! I’m not going to lie, I was frightened especially since I had 5 strong males starring me down like a piece of meat (just wish I had a picture of that!). I was dodging balls left and right, but eventually one of their teammates was able to catch one of my throws. Which lead to the win of dodge ball for the Purple Team.
Lastly, I watched the final field day contest, the PIZZA EATING contest. Each team needed a male and female contestant. The females had to eat 2 large slices (1/4th of a pizza) and the males had to consume 4 slice of the pizza (1/2 of a pizza).
Here’s a picture of our strong and hungry yellow team participants ready to CONQUER!
The Blue Team originally didn’t have a female participant, so I was the stand in for a while (I really just wanted some free pizza, plus who can pass up a free HOT meal at a festival?!….NO ONE!), but luckily, they found a girl standing nearby to be the female participant in for the Blue Team.
The way the pizza eating contest went was the female participants had to finish their slices first, and then the male participant on their team could start eating their slices. Once it began, the females were at neck and neck, but the Purple Team’s female participant pulled ahead easily with her strong determination. The Red Team wasn’t far behind, until we caught their participant putting hiding some of her pizza under the table, so Red Team was disqualified from the pizza eating contest. The female from the Purple Team was able to finish her pizza first, and then her male counterpart began to ravenously eat his pizza. Eventually we all were waiting around too long for the rest of the male opponents to start on their slices, so the refs just went ahead and gave the Yellow and Blue male participants the okay to start.
In the end, the Purple Team conquered. Leaving our Yellow Team with only win, which was in male arm wrestling. But at least we know we’re the “STONGEST” team there! Ha!
Then the next day was the 312 keg party! It was so much fun meeting back up with my fellow Yellow Teamers and reminiscing about all of the great memories we had of the events that we participated in. I also got to meet and have fun with the participants on the other teams. I had a blast being apart of Summer Camp’s field day events (especially since I won MVP female for yellow) and I can’t wait for next year! (When Yellow Team will conquer all!)
Love, hugs, & thugs,