After months of great anticipation, the Second Round of Summer Camp 2014 Artists have finally been announced!
I spent some time going over the lineup and put together my thoughts on a few of the big name artists we’ll be seeing at Three Sister Park in May, and included videos I hope will get you excited to see these artists live!
Here are the highlights of the Second Round of Summer Camp 2014 Artists!
Zac Brown Band
A huge announcement! Perhaps one of the more mainstream bands to ever visit Three Sisters Park, this will be the first Summer Camp appearance for ZBB, who have won 3 Grammy Awards. A mix of country, southern rock, folk, and a bit of jam, the ZBB know how to put on a show. You won’t want to miss this international headlining touring act!
ZBB fun fact(s):
On July 14th, 2012, ZBB welcomed Gregg Allman to the stage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey for a pair of Allman Brother classics, Midnight Rider and One Way Out.
ZBB have also shared the stage with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, John Fogerty, Jason Mraz, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Randolph, and of course – the headlines Zac Brown made last summer at the Lockn’ festival, performing an entire set with the String Cheese Incident and then sitting in with Further. Don’t be surprised to hear fun cover or two, as ZBB have been known to play anything from Metallica to Pink Floyd to Pearl Jam to Bill Withers to The Charlie Daniels Band.
Check out this video showing off the wild ZBB improvisational skills! Get ready Scampers!
ZBB is also currently collaborating with Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters for a 4 track EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.
After making consecutive appearances at Summer Camp in 2010 and 2011, Slightly Stoopid is back! Rising through the 90′s alongside Sublime, G. Love & Special Sauce, and 311, Slightly Stoopid has mastered their mixture of reggae, punk rock, psychedelic rock, dub, and blues. Co-founders Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald lead the group with their profound musicianship as they both play guitar and bass in addition to their lead vocals. I’m a sucker for any band that is backed with horns, and Slightly Stoopid is no exception with their trumpet and saxophone adding the perfect compliment to their sound.
Slightly Stoopid Fun Fact:
Karl Denson, funky saxophone extraordinaire, joined Slightly Stoopid for their 2012 album Top of The World and toured with the band that summer. Denson should be a familiar face to Scampers as his band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is a 3 time Scamp alumni, appearing in 2013, 2011, and 2003.
International DJ headliner Wolfgang Gartner will be making his first Summer Camp appearance this Memorial Day! A pioneer of the EDM scene, Wolfgang Gartner has headlined numerous festivals, including Electric Daisy, Coachella, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Ultra, and even a few in Australia and the UK. Check out his rendition of the 5th of Beethoven segued into “Illmerica”
For the third consecutive year, Gramatik is welcomed back to Summer Camp! Gramatik made a huge impression on me last year when I caught the Big Grizmatik collaboration last year in the Red Barn. Another DJ that can really feed on the energy of the crowd, EDM fans won’t want to miss Gramatik. Here’s the official music video for So Much for Love.
A 2012 Summer Camp hit, Figure is back again! On the heavier side of EDM, Figure is known for his self-proclaimed “heavy bass music,” which might even be an understatement. With his music themed around monsters, there’s no mistaking his intentions of dropping the bass and putting on a true dubstep show.
Another Scamp first-timer, UZ defines his genre of EDM as “REAL TRAP SHIT.” A mysterious DJ who is new to the scene (founded in 2012), UZ came to popularity through his successful SoundCloud page. Personally, UZ has quickly flied up the ranks of my favorite electronic artists with his raw ability to capture you into his rhythms and take you for a ride.
After a 2 year Scamp hiatus, MiMOSA is back to Chilicothe for the 2nd time! As per his Facebook page, MiMOSA can be best described as “Blending sultry melodies with booming basslines, MiM0SA offers up an interesting and soulful take on the sounds of hip hop beats and dubstep.” Well, I’m definitely won over with his remix of the classic song Sandstorm.
A DJ duo from the United Kingdom, KOAN Sound is making their first appearance at Summer Camp this May. Described as “glitch hop,” KOAN Sound is known for their infusion of hip-hop and funk while successfully layered over their drum beats that are perfectly timed with their sudden silences, creating the “glitch hop” genre.
Nahko & Medicine for the People
YES! Seeing these guys returning to Summer Camp seriously made my week. I can’t think of a better band that just simply makes you feel great when listening to them. The first time I saw them at a hole-in-the-wall bar in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin changed my life of music forever. Frontman Nahko is everything you need out of a lead singer in a band – he’s down to Earth, full of love, and took the time to give everyone in the bar a great, big, sweaty hug after the show. With clear influences of Matisyahu, Xavier Rudd, and Michael Franti in their sound, Nahko & Medicine for the People has a funky reggae pop vibe to them that just makes you smile, dance, and sing along. One of the biggest stand-out moments in my musical life came when they started the show with a prayer that had a seamless transition into the start of the show. Maybe all of their songs are a form of prayer? Hmm. Take a listen and find out!
Other Summer Camp 2014 Artists
Other bands announced in the 2nd announcement: The Devil Makes Three, Greensky Bluegrass, Cherub, Groundation, The Werks, The Motet, heRobust, Green Lantern, Break Science, Dopapod, Supervision, Orgone, Floodwood, Cosby Sweater, Mike Dillon Band, Pimps of Joytime, and more!
Check out the full lineup here! VIP Ticket info and Late Night Shows (including details on the rumored umVIP packages) will be announced on Wednesday!
And don’t forget to buy your Summer Camp 3 Day Passes now before the prices goes up!
Rusko brought the energy as he slammed into Buffalo this past Monday, October 28th! Also on the bill was Drum and Bass legend Roni Size, along with Dynamite MC!
It was for sure a cold night outside the Town Ballroom, but inside was a different story. It was heated up in the almost sold out crowd. I got there just in time for Roni Size. If you are a fan of EDM and you like Drum and Bass, I’m sure you have heard his name. This was the second time I saw Roni Size and he had me grooving! It’s crazy going to an electronic show in 2013 and not seeing these DJ / Producers using laptops on stage. It’s kind of refreshing for whatever reason.
Rusko didn’t waste any time getting on stage. Right at 11:00 PM, the lights dimmed and he was front and center on stage. His stage energy is like no other! It’s almost like he’s performing some kind of electronic aerobics. He did not stop jumping around his whole entire set. That kind of energy is contagious for sure. This was my second time seeing Rusko and I was personally happy that his style has seemed to change from the last time I saw him. I was expecting an hour and half of straight dub step, but this was far from the truth. His style is so danceable and smooth, I was grooving all night with my camera in hand.
Rusko kept mixing it up all night. He played a bunch of his hits such as ” Cockney Thug ” and ” Everyday “. The show far exceeded my expectations. It’s strange because the show even had an MC during his whole set, which typically annoys me, but it seemed to fit within Rusko’s style. Dynamite MC is associated with Roni Size and is with them for their full Life Me Up Tour.
Rusko is no stranger to the festival circuit. He has performed at some of the top electronic festivals in the world drawing in thousands of people! He is also selling out clubs across the country. If you are fan of dancing / electronic, Rusko is for you. There are still plenty of chances to check him out in the coming months! Check out his tour dates below!
Upcoming Rusko Tour Dates
- 10/30 – Cincinnati, OH
- 10/31 – Urbana, IL
- 11/1 – Madison, Wi
- 11/2 – Chicago, IL
- 11/3 – West Des Moines, IA
- 11/5 – Minneapolis, MN
- 11/6 – Winnipeg, CA
- 11/7 – Saskatoon, CA
- 11/8 – Calgary, CA
- 11/9 – Edmonton, CA
- 11/10 – Vancouver, CA
- 11/12 – Portland, OR
- 11/14 – Eugene, OR
- 11/15 – San Fransico, CA
- 11/16 – San Diego, CA
- 11/18 – Phoenix, AZ
- 11/21 – Austin, TX
- 11/22 – Houston, TX
- 11/23 – Dallas, TX
- 11/24 – Tulsa, OK
- 11/25 – Kansas City, MO
- 11/27 – Denver, CO
- 11/29 – Hollywood, CA
Until next time…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this band gets better every time I see them. A typical thing fans say about their favorite artists, but I’m not a typical fan of this band as this concert was RMC show #19 for me, and 8th of 2013. I’m very curious to know if there’s someone else out there that’s seen this band more than I have.
Roster McCabe is an “electrorock” jam band, hailing from Minneapolis, MN, consists of Alex Steele (vocals, keyboards), Michael Daum (guitar), Scott Mullenberg (bass) and Jeff Peterson (drums). It’s also worth noting you won’t find a band with better hair.
RMC opened the show with perhaps their most defining song, “Take a Breath.” TAB is a great song that really captures all the elements that RMC is about: Steele’s soaring vocals over a dance-infused melody blending together a perfect mix of rock with electronic, hence the “electrorock.” The set also included 2 new songs, an outstanding cover of Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” and an incredible sit-in from guitar virtuoso Mark Joseph during the encore. These guys are NOT to be missed next time they come through your town. Never disappoints and always a dance party!
Setlist: Take a Breath, Make My Move, Traveler, Nothing to Lose, Virtual Insanity@, Chasing#, In Our Hands, Trance 2#, Bad$, Only Truth, Stargazer, Tell Me Something Good%, Black Rose, Critical Speed
# new song
$ Michael Jackson cover
% Rufus & Chaka Khan cover
& Ginuwine cover
& with Mark Joseph on guitar, Michael Daum playing keyboard
Videos: Take a Breath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUxWba1niYI&feature=youtu.be
My birthday. Christmas. Packers’ playoffs. Summerfest. That’s the ascending order of my favorite days of the year (at least until Summer Camp becomes a yearly tradition). I’ve been to every Summerfest since ’99 (when I was 7), and I know my parents have brought me along earlier than that, I just have no recollection of it. My father has been to every single Summerfest since the opening in ’68, but that’s a whole other story. Maybe I’ll share that in a future post. Anyways, this is the 11 day span I make sure I get off work months in advance every year. The last Wednesday of June through the first Sunday of July. Every year. The most I ever attended was 8 nights back in 2010. This year I will total 6 appearances, the first 3 I will share below.
^mid gate entrance
Thursday, June 27
Thursday morning, I had no plans of attending Summerfest. I didn’t have a ticket, there were’t any bands playing that I was real committed to seeing, and I was already going to the Brewer game in the day. Some of my college buddies were in town and had never experienced The World’s Largest Music Festival, so I had to show them a good time. Being a Thursday night, it wasn’t too crowded, so we stage-hopped around a bit. We started at REO Speedwagon, a band I am not all too familiar with (just the main radio songs) for about a half hour. They were on the Big Backyard stage, which is probably my favorite side stage on the grounds. It’s smaller and more confined, creating an intimate feel between the crowd and the band. The crowd was loving the show, as the band members displayed a lot of enthusiasm and showmanship up on stage.
The next stop was to go see Blues Traveler, the most fun I had in the night. It was my first time listening to Blues Traveler, and after seeing them, it won’t be my last. I didn’t know any of the songs, but I loved their sound – I’d describe it as a mix of southern blues jam rock.
Friday, June 28
This was the day I had marked on my calendar for some time. I got to the grounds by 6 to catch an hour long set of Roster McCabe, who was performing on the Tiki Stage. I’ve written about these guys before and I can’t say enough about their talent and potential. The sky is the limit for this small time electro-rock reggae jam band from Minneapolis. Here is a video I took of their original, Critical Speed. This song makes me feel like I’m in a video game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D9gEfWOu_o
After Roster McCabe, I ventured to the south end of the grounds near the Marcus Amphitheater to find myself a Tom Petty ticket. Honestly, I just would have been fine with a lawn seat for $50 (~face value). I spoiled myself a little bit, and found a ticket in about the 20th row for just $80. Such a steal. I walked through the gates into the Amphitheater with the BIGGEST smile on my face. It’s been 4 years since I’ve last seen Petty, and I was worried that I’d never get the chance again. First thing I got to say is, we need to start reconsidering the Heartbreakers as a jam band. They’re not there yet, but 3 different times during the show the band displayed some serious extended pieces of improv from their tunes, sparking more dance moves from across the stands. Highlights of this show for me include the three consecutive greatest hits of Here Comes My Girl, MJ’s Last Dance and Free Fallin’. As I’ve said before, little concert moments have compared to Free Fallin’ live. One of my all time favorite songs, as well as I’m sure the rest of the sold out crowd at the Marcus Amphitheater. Even into his old age, Petty still brings the love and energy every night and shows his passion on stage. You can just tell he absolutely loves being up there, and that he’ll do it as long as he sure can.
Setlist: (source: http://instagram.com/p/bJhmihyB1G/)
Rock & Roll Star, Love is a Long Road, I Won’t Back Down, Baby Please Don’t Go, Here Comes My Girl, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Free Fallin’, Woman in Love, Cabin Down Below, Band Introductions, Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Traveling Wilburys), Rebels, Melinda, Learning to Fly, You’re So Bad, I Should Have Known It, Refugee, Running Down a Dream.
Encore: Don’t Come Around Here No More, You Wreck Me, American Girl
Here are some videos I was able to capture:
Here Comes My Girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8vHWZu6-kM
Free Fallin’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=784Jett6cZU
Don’t Come Around Here No More: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdRutD0-_AA
^ sell out crowd at The Marcus Amphitheater!
Saturday, June 29
I do not consider myself a very big electronic music fan. I prefer the good ol’ rock and roll. A handful of talented musicians up on the stage pouring their souls through their instruments. Pretty Lights, however, is one of 2 exceptions (Big Gigantic being the other). This was my first Pretty Lights show, so I wasn’t too sure of what to expect. The Harley Davidson Roadhouse Stage was just PACKED with people, shoulder to shoulder. I will estimate about 15,000 were in attendance for Pretty Lights on this hot summer night in late June. Of all the shows I’ve been to, Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) instantly put himself in the top tier of a good time. One word to describe the atmosphere? Party. As crowded as it was, everyone there was having a blast and dancing to the best they could with limited space. I am sad to admit that it was difficult to take pictures and videos, but for good reason: the picnic table I was standing on was shaking! Too many people dancing. I suppose that’s a good problem to have at any concert! I can’t wait to see him again. The highlight for me was definitely his remix of Time by Pink Floyd, considering there was a Floyd cover band playing Summerfest earlier that day that I missed. I wish that I was closer, but if I had tried any further up there I would have been too uncomfortable to move and dance.
Let’s Get Busy, Around the Block, A Million Tomorrows, So Much in the Dark, Can’t Stop Me Now, Finally Moving, Cold Feeling, I Put a Spell on You, Done Wrong, Time, How We Do, SummerTime, If I Could Feel Again, Out of Time, World of Illusion, One Day They’ll Know, So Bright, I Know the Truth, Yellow Bird, Total Fascination, Still Night Remix, I Can See It In Your Face, Up & Down I Go, Hot Like Sauce, Exodus
Here’s my video of Finally Moving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omCT4Bzak5U
^ my 2 best pics from Pretty Lights.
After PL finished, I caught the tail end of Roster McCabe’s set again at the Tiki Stage. I could hear their hit “Take a Breath” from a whole stage over and ran up to join the small frenzy of dancing Summerfesters. Take a Breath is the perfect song I think to set an example for Roster McCabe’s sound: a mix of reggae, rock, and EDM. Here is their released live album version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmedpaoyw34.
They encored with Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” a great cover choice as it drew the attention of even more passer-byers in and added to the fun. I saw Roster in mid June in La Crosse, where they also covered the MJ classic. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX8ENXjfj5I
At the end of each show, Alex, the lead singer, takes a picture of the crowd and posts it to their facebook. Here is the photo, which doesn’t quite do justice to how many people were in the tiny little area
^ Roster family photo!
And that sums up my first 3 nights of Summerfest! My next recap will be Umphrey’s McGee from July 2nd, followed by another blog of Dark Star Orchestra and 311.