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!
A week into the new year, it’s time to look ahead to all of the musical excitement that this year has to offer. But first, it’s always fun to reflect back on the year I just had…
After 2012, I had been to 105 total concerts – which isn’t too many, I know – but considering I’ve been an athlete my entire life I have other priorities that take precedence over live music! 2013, however, was a milestone year for me in music as I fortunate enough to attend 45 shows, nearly twice as many as I saw in 2012. A lot of this is due to my first ever attendance of a camping festival (Summer Camp), and then of course my annual celebrations at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Let’s start with…
The Most Frequent Bands I Saw in 2013
Roster McCabe – 9 shows: I’ve written extensively about this band (now known as Night Phoenix) before, so this is nothing new. The Midwest “electro-rock” tours heavily throughout the year and I was able to catch them 9 times, putting my career tally at 20 Roster McCabe shows.
Umphrey’s McGee – 4 shows: No surprise here – my first UM show occurred in 2004 when I was just 12 years old. In 2013 I was at all 3 Scamp shows and also their set at Summerfest, making it 4 on the year. I have seen the improg group at least once every year since ’07.
Michael Franti & Spearhead – 2 shows: My favorite feel good musical choice, Michael Franti & Spearhead rolled through the Midwest in 2013 in support of his latest album, All People. I caught the “rebel rocker” at the Minneapolis State Fair in late August and about a month later in Madison with Moon Taxi.
Nahko & Medicine for the People – 2 shows: I had never heard of this band until about a week before they showed up in La Crosse, WI for a show at my favorite bar The Popcorn Tavern, which was a memory I’ll write about further down the page. A similar sound to Michael Franti and Matisyahu, Nahko just has a radiance of good vibes glowing off him that the rest of the band and crowd feeds off of.
Other notable acts: Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Moon Taxi, moe., Victor Wooten & Friends, Thievery Corporation, Blues Traveler, Dark Star Orchestra, 311, EMEFE, Steez, and Dark Star Orchestra covering The Rolling Stones.
My Top 5 Shows of 2013:
Of the 9 shows I saw Roster McCabe perform in 2013, why this one? Perhaps because it was only one set, which means it was a straight up dance party. Also, this was on Thursday at Summer Camp – the pre-party – so it was just a great way to set the tone for the entire weekend. The Camping Stage was a great spot right on the outskirts of the woods to draw in all the campers – and everyone LOVED it! The crowd didn’t stop moving through the entire – most of them unaware of Roster – but loved discovering a new band to get down to. They closed the set with a cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky that turned into a frenzy.
4) Umphrey’s McGee, 2013-07-02 Summerfest – Big Backyard
So many great things about this show. My hometown, in the front row with all my friends, Kevin Sinclair sit-in, Pink Floyd cover, 4 song encore (!!!) that included rarity Dear Lord, this show is a must download!
3) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2013-06-28 Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
This was my 6th Tom Petty show, and possibly my last. A sell-out crowd at the Amp sang along with all the hits and had great energy, as always. Petty loves Milwaukee, he makes that very clear every time he comes (all 6 times I’ve seen him came at Summerfest) and even showed a surprising amount of improv jams in a couple songs!
2) Trey Anastasio Band, 2013-05-26 Summer Camp – Sunshine Stage
This would be #1 if not for the unfortunate fact that the show was cut short. Due to the extreme rainstorm. But wow. This was my most listened to show of the year by far. I can’t imagine a better band to make such miserable weather conditions tolerable.
1) Everyone Orchestra, 2013-05-26 Summer Camp – Red Barn
The lineup included Victor Wooten, Joel Cummins, Al Schnier, Vinnie Amico, Allie Kral, Alex Steele, Mike Dillon, Roosevelt Collier and a few other I can’t remember, all conducted my Matt Butler. This show just completely blew my away from start to finish. 100% improv! What else could you ask for from an all-star lineup?!
Conclusion and Looking Towards 2014
The only regret I have from 2013 is that I didn’t get to see my all time favorite band, Phish. I had tickets for all 3 nights in Chicago but unfortunately it didn’t work out with some other things that popped up. I have a good feeling they’ll return to Alpine Valley for 2 nights this summer though!
2014 will be a great year. Of course Summer Camp already has an amazing lineup announced and it will only get better. Particle reunited and is on a heavy tour for 2014 – don’t miss out on these guys! One of the founding bands of the electronic jam scene next to the Disco Biscuits and STS9.
Happy new year, and see ya on the road!
As some may know, Summer Camp Music Festival wasn’t my only festival this season. Thus far I managed to also catch Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY and Electric Forest back home in Rothbury, MI. I am also hoping to attend Interlocken, but it’s up in the air.
One artist I missed at SCamp this year was Nahko (Medicine for the people), but I luckily ran into him (literally) at Electric Forest this year and caught an amazing personal solo performance in the nest area of Reincarnation in Sherwood Forest.
Ever since this day I have been hooked on their music and I highly recommend checking them out ASAP!
This is their most recent music video of one of my favorite songs.
They have a newer album out called dark as night. I really hope to see them at Summer Camp next year!