And now… your closing line up… for each night of Summer Camp Music Festival 2014… drum roll please… LIVE BANDS IN THE RED BARN!!!!
Every year Summer Camp picks the best of the best for their Late Night Shows in the Red Barn, sometimes even mixing and matching heavy hitters from different bands to form a super-group of sorts. But not this year… no, this year Summer Camp HQ decided to give us more of what we love! With many of the best acts on their line up taking over the Red Barn each night, the hardest part will be deciding which late night is right for you.
My purpose is to provide counsel in moments like these, so the following paragraphs will give you all the background you need in order to make the decision as to which ticketed Late Night Shows are right for you. Choose wisely or miss out…
Friday Late Night Show
Friday’s Late Night Show in the Red Barn will feature a gypsy sideshow better known as Beats Antique. True to their gypsy style, this group’s sound doesn’t really have a genre to call home. They are ethnic, earthy, yet electronic and very dance oriented. They put on a show as if it were a theatrical performance with belly dancing, costumes, and a consistent flow of chaotic energy being delivered to their audience.
Also on Friday’s Late Night bill is Summer Camp and Late Night veterans LOTUS! The news of their triumphant return to the Red Barn has put a smile on my face, and the fact that they get this coveted late night spot is beyond righteous. This band’s sophisticated style has earned them respect by everyone in our scene. They bridge the gap between jam and electronic music. There is something graceful about the way Lotus plays, like they are building a peaceful connection between their instruments and our ears. I have to be honest here, I never know the names of Lotus songs when I hear them live. All I know is they do something to my soul where I can’t help but fall in love with every note. This band has a way of taking me to the other side of Jupiter. After seeing them over a dozen times, I can promise you this: Lotus always delivers. I am going to go ahead and say this late night will probably be one of the best sets of the weekend. In fact, I’d bet a late night ticket on it!
I am pretty sure Camp Counselor Kyle agrees with me on this – thanks to him for creating the video above!
Saturday Late Night Show
Saturday is guaranteed to be one of the most stacked single days of music in the history of Summer Camp, which means that a lot of energy will have to be conserved in order to rage proper all the way into the wee hours of the morning. The Red Barn will once again be flipped upside down for a late night show that starts off with Gramatik. This is the only DJ on the late night line up, and he probably could headline the barn all on his own but he is actually co-headlining this stage with the funk machine better known as Lettuce!
Lettuce is dirty… and I mean that in the nastiest way possible. Who could forget how we danced our asses off as rain soaked into our souls during their day set at the Moonshine stage at last year? The waves of funk washed over the crowd as if we were bobbing in a sea of funky goodness.
This set was so funking good Lettuce decided to return in order to lay down the beats that make funk prosper. Us fans are attracted to their anything goes style and distinct flavor in the world of funk. This band produces a synergy between its members where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Lettuce is a super group through and through. When Pretty Lights decided he wanted to tour with a live band this past fall, these were some the musicians he tapped to be on the roster. Their late night set is guaranteed to sweat out a day’s worth of rage. So, Lettuce turnip the beet that Saturday night, shall we?
If you still need some convincing, Camp Counselor Nick Stock’s advice just might seal the deal:
“If you are going to see Lettuce I suggest you bring a shovel to pick your jaw up off the floor. This musical powerhouse is producing some of the best live funk happening today. If you enjoy getting slapped hard by the dirty funk find yourself in the crowd for Lettuce at Summer Camp this year…. wait it’s late night? Bring two shovels.”
Sunday Late Night Show
On Sunday night, our fest headliners, Umphrey’s McGee, will be downsizing their Summer Camp stage production to give every Umphreak more of what they signed up for. If you haven’t read my blog posts before, you may not be aware just how much I love this band. This year’s Summer Camp will mark my ten year anniversary with Umprhey’s McGee. Their love for their fans is unlike any other band and we just can’t seem to get enough. We are addicts and rawk is our drug of choice. So why not give us just one more hit to seal the deal and blast us off into Umph ecstasy?
If you are not an Umphreak you should probably skip this show. Summer Campers will get to see Umphrey’s throw down some of their best material during their headlining slots on Friday and Saturday nights. That should be plenty for any newbie trying to get a feel for what this band is all about. But if you are just as obsessed as I am with this band, good luck scoring a late night, and may the odds be ever in your favor…
Check out a fan shot video from Umphrey’s Summer Camp late night set in 2010:
Be prepared when tickets for these Late Night Shows n the Red Barn go on sale (dates should be announced soon), because they will sell out in seconds! I know firsthand how much this sucks (and getting shut out can make you bitter), but when you finally DO get your hands on that coveted late night ticket, it is all the sweeter!
If you really want the ultimate Summer Camp experience, you could always lock down a late night by purchasing a VIP Upgrade to the fest. Those tickets go on sale on Friday at 10:00 AM Central.
And don’t forget, the Late Night Shows in the Red Barn are just a portion of what Summer Camp offers after the sun goes down! Stay tuned for our thoughts on what’s always an incredible Thursday night in the Red Barn, as well as the nightly Late Night Campfire Jams, the never-ending party over in the Late Night Vibe Tent, as well as the always entertaining Late Night at the Soulshine Tent! I know i’m eagerly anticipating announcements for each of these too…
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!
Gramatik just started his Age of Reason Fall Tour in Buffalo, NY on September 4 and it was glorious! He’s hitting up some major cities through November, so if he’s coming anywhere near you this Fall, MAKE SURE YOU SEE HIM! His lights and sound are so stellar. If you were lucky to catch him at Summer Camp this year, you know exactly what I’m saying!
Check out a recap from the first night as well as the tour dates below:
And just like that, we’re on to the last day of Summer Camp. Last night consisted of another marathon of music and good times while trekking through all the mud throughout the grounds. I saw Victor Wooten, a humbling experience, in the VIP lounge jamming with some special guests. After some dancing at Thievery Corporation, I went to check out both sets of one of my long time favorite bands, Umphrey’s McGee. A rainy first set did nothing to stop the crowd of Umphreaks dancing and raging along on the Sunshine stage. The second set featured one of my all time favorite concert moments: during the buildup of their Der Bluten Kat jam, some fans started blasting off fireworks. The band quickly got on cue and coordinated their jam, and of course Jeff Waful synchronized the lights to create a mesmerizing moment that seemed to last hours. One of the great things I’ve witnessed about Umphrey’s is their uncanny ability to just pull you in, capture your attention and consume you completely in their flow of the jam, and leave you stunned and jaw dropped. Face melting at its finest.
After Umphrey’s I was able to catch most of the second set of moe on the Moonshine stage. During this set I decided the Moonshine is most definitely the coolest stage of the three big ones here at Scamp. The slope incline of the lawn combined with the surrounding trees and hanging canopies create an intimate feeling that connects the crowd more with the band. I’m not all too familiar with many moe. songs at this point, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying every moment of the show. For the encore, as a tribute to Umphrey’s covering their Rebubula Friday night, moe. did their own take on UM’s classic tune In the Kitchen. The crowd, as did I, quickly recognized the song and loved the recognition of the co-headliners’ presence of each other. I must admit the end of the song got pretty sloppy with the ending and lyrics, but still another great moment in Summer Camp history.
Thievery Corporation at the Moonshine ^
I also made it to the premiere show of Big Grizmatik, a combination of Big Gigantic, Griz, and Gramatik all playing together in the Red Barn. The intimacy of the Red Barn is great because 1) the band realllly feeds off the crowd’s energy, and 2) it was refreshingly warm in there! Big Grizmatik played a little bit over an hour, with a few Big G songs mixed in with other DJ remixes for a constant dance frenzy.
Video: Big Grizmatik – Fantastic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqnXPapmbck&feature=youtu.be
Looking forward to the last day now here today! Gonna for sure check out Umphrey’s final set, and I heard that guy from Phish is also playing tonight, so I’m sure I’ll see his show
Stay warm and stay dry, Summer Camp!