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!
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 email@example.com.
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….
If you’ve ever been to Summer Camp, you know bandanas are an essential accessory. Which is why last year, we introduced the Summer Camp Bandana Design Contest, to determine which design gets printed and sold as the official Summer Camp Bandana! And we’re excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for the official 2012 Summer Camp Bandana!
Bandanas will be printed in all of our Field Day colors, so they must be a single color design (black and white, red and white, blue and white, purple and white, or yellow and white). Designs can have no gradient or shading, and must all be original artwork. You do not have to use our official logo, or include the dates or year of the festival, but you MUST include either “Summer Camp” or “Summer Camp Music Festival” somewhere on the piece. Other than that, creativity is encouraged, so run with it.
All designs must be submitted by midnight on January 27th. Then, fans will have an additional 3 weeks to vote for their favorites. The top 3 designs at midnight on February 17th will all be named winners and each receive 2 3-day passes to the 2012 Summer Camp Music Festival.
From the top 3 designs, we will select which design will be printed and sold as the Official 2012 Bandana, and THAT designer will receive 2 Super Deluxe VIP upgrades and 10 of their printed bandanas, on top of the 2 3-day passes (and all the glory!).
Keep in mind, fans will be able to vote on your designs as soon as you post them on the contest page, so there is definitely an advantage to posting your design(s) early!
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. To enter, visit http://www.crowdtogether.com/2012-SC-Bandana-Contest.
So for all of you designers out there, start working on your entries now and make sure to get them in before January 27th! Good luck!!
Getting so excited for Camp!
Your Summer Camp Director
p.s. Happy New Year!!
They might not be a summer camp artist (yet) but I caught two nights of rock and roll with Dr. Dog at one of San Francisco’s most intimate venues, The Independent. I first saw these guys at music festival in the northeast a few years ago and I’ve been a fan since. They’re definitely making the mark on the music scene and getting attention from hipsters and hippies alike. Both nights at the Indy (Tuesday and Wednesday) were sold out and they also performed at Dave Matthews Band Caravan stop in Atlantic City.
Dr. Dog brings impressive vocal and guitar harmonies. They’re strong songwriters to boot – I highly suggest giving The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer a good listening to. Songs can be both heartfelt and goofy, and they definitely have a Beatles influenced sound (but are also totally unique). Live, they’re music spans the gamut of influences and they have a commanding and often hilarious stage presence. Aside from the awesome musicianship that this band demonstrates, the second night at the Independent was particularly killer
for a uncommon reason.
During a tune called Fat Dog, guitar player and vocalist Scott McMicken asked a fan from the front row if he could borrow a cell phone to make a call. Politely, he makes sure it’s cool that he dials 411 and incurs a 50cent charge as he searches for a nearby pizza place. How many pizza’s does he want? All of them. Send all of your pizza’s to the Independent. Make it snappy please. About 20 seconds later, the stage is full with the band’s crew handing out delicious large pizzas!
Pretty amazing – these guys threw a flippin pizza party for everyone at the Independent. Totally badass. And the amazing part was that everyone actually got pizza! I was upstairs in the balcony and they even made sure to send pizza up there. When I left, there was still pizza out on the bar people weren’t eating!
Anyway, check out Dr. Dog. They might buy you pizza. And even if they don’t, you’ll get a kick ass show.
You can watch this whole thing go down on the video below. Skip to 3:30 to see the pizza ordering go down (or watch the whole video to catch these guys in action).
I’m thinking Blue Team needs to throw a Pizza Party at Summer Camp next year.
Counselor In Training
When I woke up on Saturday morning I was excited. Of course I was excited about all the great music to come that day, but I was excited about field day. I was a part of Team Blue where our mascot was Cookie Monster and our slogan was “You’re My Boy Blue!” I was signed up to play twister which I have been known to win a championship or two because of my agile limbs and freakish strength. I thought for sure I would represent Team Blue right. I arrived at the 312 Beer Tent and immediately started stretching while simultaneously getting teased by my opponents in particular the extremely spirited Red Team…and they were a force to be reckoned with their matching red t-shirts. The Red Team definitely brought the team spirit and their A game which is why they deserved to win field day. Ok…let’s get back to my twister experience. At first twister was very simple and no one was getting out. They decided to make it harder by not letting us put our right hands down. That made the game much more difficult. The other teams were trying to bring my spirit down by accusing me of cheating and telling me that my muscles were shaking and that I should give up. My muscles were totally shaking, but I didn’t let on that I was struggling big time. That is when they decided to make the game even harder by telling us we couldn’t put our right foot on the ground. Yikes! If you could see some of the positions I got myself into you would have been impressed. Let me say that I was thankful for my years as a professional cheerleader and dancer and I was even more thankful I decided to wear shorts under my dress. Soon one man started falling down after another and then just like that I came crashing down onto my booty. Thank goodness I have a padded booty or else that would have hurt. The Yellow Team prevailed that event and they deserved it. Twister is no joke yo!
I walked back to my campsite with legs that felt like jello from the twister workout I just received to check on my friends. I always knew how to find my campsite because my friend Allison had hung up a gold Santa in a tree. He was our beautiful gold mascot. My friends were inspired by gold Santa and were painting each other and getting sparkly . I jumped right into the festivities. We set out as a team with gold Santa to rock out all shiny to one awesome band after another. We saw Future Rock, Girl Talk, Keller Williams, Umphrey’s, moe., more Umphrey’s, more moe.. followed by some late night Lotus. Do you get the picture of how lucky the Summer Camp tribe is?!?! We get to see so much music and these are just the bands I personally chose to see. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself just so I could see more music…but then that could be weird because what would happen if my clone did something out of character like drink a lot of whiskey…oh wait that is what I did.
Counselor In Training
I have a confession to make. I’ve never experienced the warm, exciting, and often wet beauty that is Summer Camp.
It’s true. I’m a 26 year old, Summer Camp Virgin.
To be clear, I’m a festival veteran, and Summer Camp has for years been a bleeping dot on my party radar – relentlessly calling to me each summer with blistering lineups seemingly picked just for me: Umphrey’s McGee, moe., Keller, Toubab Krewe, MMW, the list goes on. But work, school and living in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and San Francisco over the last 10 years have made it impossible for me to attend (I know, it’s a weak excuse). However, I’m proudly popping my Summer Camp cherry and going all out as a Counselor In Training (CIT) in 2011. My experience will be well documented with blog posts, video highlights and photos.
For my first duty as a CIT, I’ve been asked to tell you all what I’m most excited about for Summer Camp. Aside from meeting up with friends that I haven’t seen in months or even years, it seems that Sunday’s late night STS9/EOTO set has definitely got my Summer Camp panties wet with anticipation. Over the years, STS9 has carved a special place in my heart and ear drums. I’ve traveled as far as Mexico to see these boys make music and was more than sad when the band’s February stop at the Fox Theater in Oakland was canceled due to David Murphy’s health (glad to know he’s bounced back and kicking ass once again!). Plus, the last time I saw a truly late night STS9 set was Camp Bisco 8 – an epic evening of mud mixed with underwater electricity and a band clearly feeding off of crowd energy – so I’m overdue for a raging night of exuberant auditory indulgence from these guys.
EOTO has quickly become one of my favorite bands to see live. In fact, I’m quite sure they’re currently the band that makes me smile the most while watching them perform. The improvisation, connectivity and light show extravagance of a late night EOTO show is unmatched by any other. What these two guys do on stage together is so unique, complicated, and inspiring. Keller Williams recently wrote a description of his experience from EOTO’s stop at The National in Richmond, VA that really sums up how I feel about the band. Jason Hann is one of the most versatile drummers on the planet. Combine his talents with the exploratory creativity of Michael Travis, you’ve got a show that makes every dubstep dj on the planet want to crawl under a rock and hide. Summer Camp hit the nail on the head when they put this late night show together.
So yeah – you’ll see me at the late night STS9/EOTO set and you’ll also find me repping Team Blue in Bocce and Tug of War. If you don’t see me in those places, I’m likely at the 312 beer tent. On Saturday at 4:30PM, I’ll be participating in a discussion panel titled “A War on Us: Why the drug war effects everyone” and I hope you’ll come check it out!
Armed with a Flip Cam, I’ll be sure to take video of my escapades and compile it into a memorable recap of my Summer Camp christening. What will I call it? Perri does Summer Camp? How about Four Nights in Chillicothe? We’ll see, my friends, we’ll see. Regardless, I’ll be sure to wear protection as I penetrate the gloriousness of Summer Camp for the first time!
Summer Camp Counselor In Training (CIT)
I am extremely honored to be a Counselor in Training and I have all of the fans of Summer Camp to thank for that. I am so grateful for all of you and I can’t wait to party down Memorial Day Weekend with some of the coolest people
in the world. For my first blog, I was asked to share what why I am excited for Summer Camp, so I decided to make a top ten list. Here it is!!! Woohoo!
10. It is Courtney’s (my Summer Camp date) birthday on Friday and I’m
excited I get to celebrate with her at Summer Camp!
9. The Thursday night pre-party
8. Participate in some of the workshops and learn something new
7. Late night shows
6. I love meeting new people and making new friends. I know I’ll make some
life time friends with this group
5. Huey Lewis!!! He is one of my all time favorites and I can’t wait to
rock out to the *I Want a New Drug!*
4. To kick butt on the Blue Team for field day
3. The music
2. Learn all about all of the cool things Summer Camp does to be more green
1. I’ve never been to Summer Camp and I can’t wait to experience it
Seriously! How lucky are we to attend the most fabulous, rockin, special camp in the world.
See you there!!!!
Summer Camp Counselor In Training (CIT)