The devastation caused by flooding in Colorado has effected many members of our Summer Camp community. Nearly 2,000 homes are unlivable and hundreds of families lost everything. Many are now forced to rebuild their lives and spirits with whatever wasn’t destroyed by waters that tore through their neighborhoods. Being washed out of your home is a mighty large pill to swallow but, in all reality, this type of natural disaster could happen to anyone, regardless of where you live.
Back in the day people used to donate their own time, money, and energy to support a cause. They would stand in the streets with signs and volunteer at shelters in order to change the world around them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. These days most people sit around and watch tragedies unfold on their TV sets, in the comforts of their own home. They might talk about it at school or work, commenting on how sad it must be, passionately saying, “Someone should do something about it.” Somewhere along the way our generation has lost the courage to stand up and do something about it themselves. They assume someone else or maybe even our government will take care of these tragic situations that happen around the world.
This is not the case within our Summer Camp community and this is what sets us apart from every other festival. Summer Camp is more than a festival, it is a family. I personally know at least 5 Summer Campers that have had their lives flipped upside down by this natural disaster and their accounts of the devastation are heart breaking.
Luckily, we are a community that supports each other in times of need. Across the board Summer Camp artists, Make-a-Difference nonprofits, and even individual Scampers are donating their money, time, and energy towards flood relief and rebuilding efforts.
Many Summer Camp artists and bands have stepped up in unique ways to help aid devastated Colorado communities.
One of our favorite late night acts, Lotus, was right in the thick of it when the flooding occurred. Their September 13th Red Rocks show had to be postponed due to the rain and lack of safe roadways to the venue. They immediately turned this upset around by hosting a benefit show that same evening at the Armoury in Denver in order to raise funds for the Red Cross. Lotus’s opening acts and Summer Camp Alumni, Minnesota and Break Science, also hosted a last minute fundraiser that raised over $5,000 for United Way’s Flood Relief Fund.
STS9 has taken a different route by donating all proceeds from merchandise, along with live recording sales, to help raise over $10,000 for Colorado. Many other bands have been holding food and supply drives during their shows for those displaced due to evacuations. Some bands, like Yonder Mountain String Band, have chosen to donate 100% of proceeds from their Colorado shows towards rebuilding communities effected by the floods. Just by enjoying these shows, attendees will be contributing to flood relief efforts: a win/win situation for all involved.
Big Gigantic is hosting Flood Relief Benefit shows this weekend, Sept. 27th and 28th at the Fillmore in Denver and at Red Rocks Amphitheater, respectively. They will be donating a portion of ticket sales directly to Conscious Alliance’s Flood Relief Fund along with collecting supplies and food for those washed out. Big G will also be hosting a Big Gigantic Cleanup Day with details still to be determined. This act has really stepped up in a BIG way for their home state and Summer Camp favorite nonprofit, Conscious Alliance will be bringing the food and supplies collected to hundreds of Colorado families directly effected by the floods.
Now you may ask yourself, “What can I do?” and the truth is A LOT! I am a firm believer that grassroots efforts can truly make a difference and I know from first had experience that everyone has an ability to change the world in their own special way.
There are tons of opportunities where you can personally help Colorado. While donating money may be the easiest solution, you can also contribute by hosting fundraisers and supply drives. Setting up these types of events isn’t as difficult as you might think. You would be surprised how many businesses or even family members would be happy to support your cause if you just took the time to ask. Garage sales, party hosting, and benefit car washes are all easy ways to bring in money. Organizing a “split the pot” at your favorite bar or a bake sale at your school is easy as pie, literally.
You can also donate your time. Simply sending an email out to your friends and family with a link to a charity you believe it like Conscious Alliance can help raise more money than you might expect. Better yet, taking the time to roll up your sleeves to help clean up would make the world of difference to those who have to rebuild their lives and homes.
I personally wanted to do something to help a family I knew had lost everything in the Colorado floods. So I had the idea of holding some sort of raffle during my birthday party in Chicago last weekend. Since most of my friends and family would be there, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do some good in the midst of opening presents and blowing out candles. I got in touch with Umphrey’s McGee to see if they were interested in donating a couple of prizes for our raffle. While Umprhey’s had already announced they would be contributing a percentage of ticket sales to flood relief, they were more than happy to gift us some awesome merchandise for the raffle. With just a few t-shirts, a signed poster, and some DVDs, we were able to raise over $400 for a family who lost everything in Lyons, CO. This is an example of grass roots at its finest.
For those of you living in Denver, on October 14th Umphrey’s \UM/ Mondays will be hosting a fundraiser where they will be raffling off a variety of items for flood victims. This group of Umphrey’s fans have been getting together at their favorite Denver bars to listen to live Umphrey’s and drink some heady beers for over a year. They knew this weekly event was a perfect opportunity to get their community involved in flood relief. They are now accepting donations through their Facebook page or you can just show up to the fundraiser! Awesome prizes and an awesome time is guaranteed!
Visit Help Colorado NOW to donate directly to Colorado counties effect by the floods or come out to one of our many Summer Camp community events to support the cause. Or, better yet, host your own!
Let’s show Colorado just how much our Summer Camp family cares!
On Friday afternoon at Summer Camp 2013 the good people at Scamp HQ asked if I wanted to interview a dubstep DJ. I had no time whatsoever to prepare and I was not really familiar with his sound. On top of that, this was actually the first interview I have ever done with any artist EVER! Not knowing a thing about dubstep, I jumped right and just let it flow. I knew what I was getting myself into when I first applied to be a Counselor at Summer Camp, so this was my make it or break it moment. Needless to say, I channeled my inner Oprah and enjoyed every minute of it!
Minnesota is a young dubstep/glitch hop DJ that is based out of California. Originally from Minnesota, this Midwest dude doesn’t take himself too seriously which was a huge relief once I actually sat down to talk with him outside the church. We covered a lot in the short time I interviewed him, from his Midwest roots to playing festivals all around the country. He has opened for many of our favorite Summer Camp artists including STS9 and he will even be playing with Lotus at Red Rocks in September. In the meantime, he will be dropping bass all over the country this summer including Spring Awakening next weekend in Chicago.
Whoa! Thursday truly was a pre-party rager. Getting into Summer Camp was very smooth and everyone was clearly ready to party since the moment their cars entered the grounds. There was a nice mist flowing in when I first arrived in line, and it felt super refreshing and actually got me really pumped up! Every time the sun started peaking, everyone in line started getting rowdy.
My crew set up camp really fast in an awesome spot in the woods, and I was eager to go see some music with some awesome friends! I was able to catch a glimpse of Cosby Sweater on the Campfire stage and they killed it. My main goal Thursday night was to see Cornmeal since it would be my last time to see Allie play on stage and they killed it! Looking around, everyone in the whole crowd was dancing away with nothing but smiles. I was very happy that I was able to see them as that line up one last time. Right when Cornmeal ended, I wondered into the Vibe Tent and caught Positive Vibra8tions, and they killed it. I love being able to catch artists I have never heard of before, and even more so when they kill it!
Digital Tape Machine was up next and they are another act I have been waiting to see for a long time and they truly were awesome. Their set kept evolving and by the end it kept me wanting more. They really got the crowd pumped up for the weekend to come! This is the reason I love music festivals, and especially Summer Camp! You just keep going back and forth between awesome music and the stages are just minutes walk.
I went into the Red Barn at 11 to check it out in there and it was for sure a party. Minnesota killed it! He really had everyone going crazy in there, it was a rager. I love UV Hippo and was so pumped to catch them. The first time I saw them, I was hooked. They really kill it in the festival scene, and was so pumped to see them rage the Vibe Tent.
It was time for bed after that. It was an awesome first day of Summer Camp and I’m so excited for the awesome music to come. Friday is going to be a blast, announcing Moe and the awesome music to come. I’m really looking forward to Yonder, STS9, and Big Gigantic to name a few.
2013 Summer Camp Counselor
So I made it through Thursday night and it was amazing to say the least. I started off the night at Roster McCabe which just killed it. Majorly killed it, I woke up in a morgue this morning they killed it so hard. They did a cover of Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky”. When they started the first notes of “Get Lucky” my mind immediately jumped to that song, Though I wasn’t sure if I’d be so lucky. Sure enough what laid ahead was one of the best covers of that song I have heard yet.
After that we headed over to Digital Tape Machine. Also an amazing show. The energy in the crowd was prevalent. You couldn’t help but breaking into dance. I barely got any good shots of the show, dancing came as a priority at this one. I still feel the energy of it into the next morning. Though the show wasn’t done yet, we still had one show of the night to go to.
The last show that I hit up was Minnesota. This one man show is one that will put hair on your chest. He fuses an electronic feel with an acoustic jam. It was mind blowing. A perfect way to finish the night. Everytime I see this gentlemen her has such a strong stage presence, will be sure you to leave you smiling
Today I’m finishing up this blog, cutting it very close to Moe’s first set. Being the huge Moe-ron I am I am itching to get over there.
We’re so excited that the following artists will be joining our hosts moe. & Umphrey’s McGee this year at the 2012 Summer Camp Music Festival!!
Tedeschi Trucks Band
G. Love & Special Sauce
Gigantic Underground Conspiracy featuring members of
Big Gigantic, the Disco Biscuits and Conspirator
Shpongle presents The Masquerade
Fareed Haque & MathGames
The Car Thief
Don’t forget, Primus, Weir, Robinson, Greene Acoustic Trio, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli, Cornmeal, Victor Wooten, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Hot Buttered Rum, Family Groove Company, DJ SOLO, Positive Vibr8ions, Chicago Farmer, Spankalicious, The Giving Tree Band, and Brainchild will also be performing this year!
And we’re just getting started. We will be announcing so many more artists in the near future! So make sure to get your Not-So-Early Bird Tickets now before they sell out. Our Not-So-Early Bird Layaway Tickets are also now available.
Have an amazing weekend!
Your Summer Camp Director