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Check out Field Day’s third annual round of Sunrise Kickball with Umphrey’s McGee’s Ryan Stasik!
If you’re particularly good at staying up all night (or waking up really early), you can catch sunrise kickball on Saturday. The sun was already up at 6am when the group converged on the grass towards the back of the Sunshine Stage viewing area, and about 200 people were there and ready to play.
I stayed mostly on the sidelines – the collective outfield, really – where you main job is to catch any ball that comes your way. The mad dash to get on deck to kick was pretty impressive each inning, and I’m not entirely sure how teams went (or really if anyone cared).
The real gem of kick ball is Ryan. Ready to rock in a red kimono and a speedo, he twirled his mustache before throwing out pitches (side note, he’s a really good pitcher). The crowd loves him, and couldn’t wait to show off their skills and earn a high-five or a hug from him for a job well done.
It’s not easy to make it to morning kickball, but if you ever find yourself stumbling from the Red Barn back to your campside and the sun is coming over the horizon, toss down a Red Bull and head over to kickball for an hour. You’ll be happy that you did!
We are on site and ready for you all to join us in just 2 days! Since you will be overwhelmed with amazing activities to do once you’re here, here are a few things you don’t want to miss.
1. The workshops, activities, discussions, performances and more in the Soulshine Tent. For a full list of Soulshine activities, check out the schedule!
2. Sunrise kickball with Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee. This has become a Summer Camp tradition and will be taking place once again at 6am (or sunrise) on Saturday at the Sunshine stage.
3. All of our Field Day activities. Most events will be taking place during the day on Saturday just next to the Vibe Tent, so head over Thursday and Friday to sign up, and get in the action!
4. The Make a Difference Treasure Hunt. This is a fun way to see all of what the Make a Difference Area at Summer Camp has to offer, and earn an amazing prize ONLY offered to people who participate! This year’s prize is entry to an exclusive Everyone Orchestra show in the Red Barn on Sunday! Check out the back of your program for rules and more information.
5. The workshops taking place daily in the Old Church. Here’s the schedule for the weekend:
3:00-4:00 Keys with:
Joel Cummins – Umphreys McGee
Jordan Wilcow – Family Groove Company
Eric Blumenfeld – Kinetix
Joe Hettinga – Digital Tape Machine/Strange Arrangement
Jesse Clayton – Fareed Haque’s Math Games / Macpodz
4:30-5:30 EDM, Hosted by Anand Harsh of Untz.com, with:
Jesse Miller from Lotus
Wick-it the Instigator
4:00-5:00 Guitars, with:
Al Schnier - moe.
Adam Lewis – Family Groove Company
Marcus Rezak – Digital Tape Machine
+ special guest
5:30-6:30 Pickin’ with:
Hot Buttered Rum
3:00-4:00 Drums, with:
Andy Farag – Umphreys McGee
Greg Fundis – Math Games
Nigel Felony – Floodwood
4:30-5:30 Bass, with:
Janis Wallin – Family Groove Company
6. The Technaflora Booth! Technaflora will be hosting a costume contest at their booth at 6pm every day for a chance to win a pair of late night tickets! They are looking for the most creative and innovative costumes. The themes are as follows:
Day 1 – May 25 – What’s in Your Garden? / Dress up as your favorite Fruit or Vegetable
Day 2 – May 26 – Red Barn / Dress up as your favorite Farm Animal
Day 3 – May 27 – Enchanted Forest / Dress up as a Fairy
7. The Grassroots California Dome. The GRC boys are bringing their dome back to Summer Camp Music Festival, and this year they will be lighting up the forest in style with the GRC x Jumbie Color Changing Dome Experience. Make sure you check it out (and get the official Summer Camp Music Festival hat!!)
8. The Merch Areas! We have some amazing new merch designs for you this year. You can purchase merchandise at both the General Stores.
9. Our Information Boards. This year, we will have Information Boards at both General Stores and at the VIP tent. On these boards you will find a map of the grounds, the daily weather report, the schedule, information on workshops and other activities, AND any changes or updates throughout the weekend! Also, on the back we will have a Missed Connections board you can use to meet up with friends, make some new ones, and stay connected!
Last but not least….don’t forget your tickets!! If you haven’t grabbed yours yet, get one now! If you are planning on upgrading to VIP, make sure you get yours before they sell out!
See you all soon!
Your Summer Camp Director
I’ve been working as a freelance music reviewer for awhile now. I started small reviewing shows for local musician friends, and worked my way into reviewing the likes of Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum, and Family Groove Company and interviewing Ben Folds and Steve Kimock. Music has always been involved as part of my everyday life, and I love writing about what I am experiencing because its something I am passionate about and comes naturally. I’m going to keep the ball rolling at Summer Camp so i’m able to provide you with an inside glimpse into some of your favorite artists.
I don’t have a calendar OR a sundial, so i’m glad there’s Facebook to tell me how many days are left until Summer Camp! I’ve been outside of the office for two weeks now, and aside from growing a beard and getting pimped out for SCamp I’ve kept busy by scoping out various bands on the lineup (Henhouse Prowlers, Old Shoe, Chicago Farmer, Afternoon Moon, Elsinore) as they tune up for next week. Let me tell you they are just as excited as fans to throw down and get rowdy!
I’ve also been getting acclimated in the language of Summer Camp. I’ve learned about the evolution of a great festival and seemingly how people are always searching for the elusive Carl. I commissioned a forearm tattoo of the SCamp map for accessibility during the festival…but then found out they switched things around so had to scrap that idea. I started busting out my camping gear and thinking about sundries that will provide sustenance to keep my crew going strong throughout the summer day(ze). Our group always likes to bring stuff that’s portable and can provide a quick boost of energy that will keep us raging responsibly throughout the musically jammed weekend. Although, I hear the onsite food vendors are top notch as well, and surely will be grabbing some Minglewood Wood Fired Pizza once or twice…maybe thrice throughout the fest.
Also released this past week was 2012 Field Day schedule. I have fond memories of “capture the flag” from my younger day camp years, and have been formulating a strategy that will allow Blue Team to bring back old glory to its rightful home! I used to be pretty fast back in high school (400m in 49s) and we all know that speed kills.
If you see me walking around make sure you stop me and slap me some skin, tell me what you are excited to see, what your crew does to make your Summer Camp experience your own. T-minus 6 days people until the start of one helluva time!
Recently, The String Cheese Incident announced they’d be playing 3 days a Red Rocks this summer. A true treat for Cheese fans and Coloradans alike. With the other recent announcement of a band like Yonder coming to Summer Camp, I could’t help but pull this little slice of blue grass heaven out to show you all.
Earlier this winter, the Emmitt Nershi Band played at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. What a rip roaring good time that was! I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the show and it was packed in there. So many good vibes, so many good people. I love seeing all the people come together at the same time during the culmination of a song, just dancing away and yelling at the top of their lungs. And that is pretty much what we got at the Blue Bird Theater.
Honestly, it took me a while to come around to bluegrass, but now that I am I really love a good boot stompin. Billy Nershi was just going to town on his guitar, and he had a huge smile on his face the while night. It looked like he was having so much fun up there, I was envious. Drew Emmitt on the other hand switched back and forth between his mandolin and several electric guitars making them all sing sweet, sweet songs.
The night was wonderful, the show was great, and here is a little snippet of the show:
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a cell phone drive at the Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum and Family Groove Company show on 4/20 at the Vic Theater in Chicago. All of the cell phones will be donated to Special Olympics Illinois Area in Chicago to be recycled! The money that comes in turn from the recycled cell phones is used to purchase sporting equipment, uniforms, host tournaments and more for Special Olympics athletes and activities. This drive is part of Summer Camp Make a Difference and is also a Field Day event, so make sure you mention which team you’re supporting with each donation. Each cell phone donated will receive 1 raffle ticket for a chance to win 2 tickets to Summer Camp Music Festival and 2 tickets to the SOLD OUT UM BOWL III at the Park West in Chicago on 4/27. So start getting your old phones together and we’ll see you at the show! Get your tickets now! http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/frontDoor.jsp?performance_id=1605259&cobrand=jamusa
Also, Getting Closer tickets to Summer Camp expire at midnight on 4/20 (founder, Ian Goldberg’s birthday!!). So make sure you get your tickets now before the price increases!
Can’t wait to see you all soon!
Your Summer Camp Director
Last year, the Red team came up with some pretty amazing tshirt designs on their own. So this year, to make sure EVERYONE can support their team, we’re excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for each team’s Summer Camp Field Day shirt. There will be 1 winning design for each team (red, yellow, blue and purple). All 4 winning designs will be printed in their respective Field Day colors, so they must be a single color design. Designs can have no gradient or shading, and must all be original artwork. All submissions MUST include Field Day, 2012 and the name of your team somewhere on the piece. Other than that, creativity is encouraged, so have fun!
To enter, sign up for a CrowdTogether account and upload your design. All designs must be submitted by midnight on April 20th. Then, fans will have an additional week to vote for their favorites. The designs with the most votes for each of the four teams at midnight on April 27th will all be named winners and each receive a pair of 3-day passes and VIP upgrades to the 2012 Summer Camp Music Festival.
Entries that do not follow the rules will not be considered, and may be eliminated from the entries by the Contest Director at their discretion.
For questions about the contest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So get designing!
The Summer Camp Director
Umphrey’s McGee will be playing at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on February 19th….the weekend after Valentine’s Day! So we thought, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, to bring a Booth Love Photo Booth to the event for charity.
At the Summer Camp Field Day table you will be able to buy raffle tickets to win passes to Summer Camp, merchandise and more. Each raffle ticket will give you 1 photo in the Booth Love photo booth. The $5 from each raffle ticket will go to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society in Urbana. Fans will have from 8pm-12am to enter and snap their Booth Love photos. Winners will be notified by text message by the end of the show and can come collect their prize at the Field Day table after the concert.
For another chance to win, after the concert, the Summer Camp Facebook page will post an album of the photos taken throughout the night. Tag yourself for a chance to win one of 3 Thursday Pre-Party Passes!
This is a Summer Camp Field Day event so every raffle ticket purchased will count for points for the Red, Yellow, Blue and Purple Team. The team that raises the most money for the Champaign County Humane Society will win the Booth Love event!
The Champaign County Humane Society is funded entirely by donations from generous animals lovers. They need our help to continue the high standard of care they offer to homeless animals. Your donations will make a difference in the life of a dog or cat, puppy or kitten, rabbit or guinea pig.
Hope to see you at the Canopy Club and remember to buy a raffle ticket to support the Champaign County Humane Society at the show!
The Summer Camp Director
p.s. Have you seen the Booth Love video yet? It’s pretty badass….
We’re so excited to bring you the new and improved web site for the 2012 Summer Camp Music Festival! It’s set up a little differently from our past sites, so we hope you look around a little and explore all the new features and content. It will be your go-to place for everything you need leading up to the fest in 2012, so we want to make sure you become fast friends. One of my favorite new features is the Field Day section, where you can learn all about each team, see how it all went down last year, meet your online Captains, and sign up! We also have a whole section within the Community tab dedicated to our Camp Counselor and CITs, where you can learn all about them, check out their blogs from the fest and other concerts around the country, and learn how to apply for this year!
So check out the site, join our new online community, and stay tuned for information on contests, tickets, and the amazing line up we have planned for you all in 2012!
The Summer Camp Director