As many of you know, The Ragbirds have become a Summer Camp staple playing the past two years in a row after the Saturday night Umph > moe. > Umph > moe. headliner blastoff.
What many of you may not know though is that this amazing eclectic world fusion group does a few things different than most other touring bands out there. For starters, they just successfully funded a kickstarter campaign to get themselves a new vehicle. Not only is it a new tour bus, but they are converting it to run off of vegetable oil. This isn’t a new thing for them either, they have been doing this for thousands of miles already in their old van.
So wait! Why does the band need a new vehicle if they already have a green machine? Well they have a new tour member now of course! Erin Zindle the front woman of the band with her husband Randal Moore, gave birth to a beautiful baby Aviva on August 23rd 2013
They already completed their first tour since the baby officially dubbed “The Brave New Baby” with Aviva on board. I had the chance to speak to Erin on the phone during the tour and she was very enthusiastic while adjusting to this new way of life. I find her motivation to continue touring while raising a new born child just amazing! The tour went well and you can find many pictures from it on their official facebook page.
The band is home for holidays now in Michigan, but if you are around you can catch a few amazing annual holiday shows they host every year. They already have road dates lined up starting in February too. Here are the dates:
- 12/13/13 – Ann Arbor, MI | The Ark – Holiday Show
- 12/15/13 – Hartland, MI | Hartland Music Hall – Holiday Show
- 02/08/14 – Donnellson, IA | Music Under The Watertower
- 02/09/14 – Cedar Rapids, IA | CSPS
- 02/15/14 – Columbus, OH | Columbus Performing Arts Center
- 03/19/14 – Minneapolis, MN | 7th St. Entry
- 03/20/14 – Stoughton, WI | Stoughton Opera House
For more official dates visit TheRagbirds.com/tour/.
My fellow SCampers!
With many of my immediate festival family members driving across the country to Hulaween in Suwannee, FL for what I am considering the official END of outdoor festival season, I sit and ponder to myself what a great season it has been. I review over all of the material I have shot, all of the great music I have witnessed, and most of all the people I have met throughout this entire journey. I am one very happy and amazed festy goer. I don’t really know how I managed to pull off this run, but in hindsight I got nothin but smiles.
Here’s the Pun-Recap of my journey of four major festivals in one summer starting with our favorite festival:
Summer Camp Music Festival 2013
Being a Summer Camp Counselor in training opened more doors for me as a blogger than any past experience has. I feel that the Camp Counselors have an even greater chance at direct impact on the media aspects of Summer Camp than anyone who was official media. They gave me so much opportunity to shine as a blogger and to meet a lot of my favorite musicians on the planet to boot. I got a real good look on the operations behind how things roll and I hope to continue lending a helping hand for years to come. The family of folks behind the scenes that run this amazing event really do a great job at trying to make every year at Summer Camp better and better. It was an inspiring thing and it really brought out some of my best energy this year. It was a rainy year, but it didn’t stop me from running with my camera through a downpour to get to the VIP tent for amazing once in a lifetime performances or to the red barn for Everyone Orchestra shows that blew minds. A lot of love was shared.
Mountain Jam Music Festival 2013
This was the first time I ever drove out of the state by myself to a festival. This was also the longest I have ever driven to enjoy a fest. I truly enjoyed my time and experience at Mountain Jam. It is a very beautiful festival experience being literally on the side of a mountain. It was also another rainy weekend, but everyone still made the best of the weekend. This was the only festival I had no media obligation to. I just enjoyed myself and my friends all weekend long.
Electric Forest Festival 2013
Being from Michigan this is my home festival. I have been enjoying this venue since 2008 at the first Rothbury Festival. Every year since 2011, I have had the amazing opportunity to shoot highlight videos for the people at the festival with photo and video credentials. I attempt to trump myself every year and this year was really special for not only myself, but many of my festival family as well. It instilled an assurance that Rothbury really is one of the coolest venues and it lives up to the crazy expectation of bettering itself every year.
Lockn’ Festival 2013
This amazing festival popped up as a blip on the radar right away for me, as the line-up was just something that couldn’t be ignored. The amazing amount of epic jam they brought to the table sparked my interest enough to apply for media and led me to making the trek all the way from MI to Arrington, VA. I am really glad that I did because it allowed me to really have a once in a lifetime chance as a photographer to get as many amazing photos as I possibly could. The stages weren’t too large for my lenses and it really broadened my portfolio out. I couldn’t have been happier to be shooting some of the most amazing photos that I have to date. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Michael Kang w/ Zac Brown
Overall I couldn’t be happier with all of the amazing experiences I have had this year. With winter approaching quickly, everyone bundles up with anticipation for announcement and dates for what is to come next season. I know I am excited to shoot a few indoor local events to keep my festy gland from tingling out of control. I hope everyone finds a way to keep themselves at bay as we await the amazingness that is festival season 2014!!!
Summer Camp ‘Counselor in Training’ Tiffany Narron captures Umphrey’s McGee’s private VIP performance at Scamp’s one and only church, a true heart-melting, soul searching rawk-bawls time! Enjoy: Umphrey’s McGee Rocks the Church- Summer Camp Music Festival 2013
While at Scamp this year, I brainstormed a few ridiculous questions to shoot by a few of the Umphrey’s McGee members to keep them on their toes and hopefully get some juicy, fun facts from the band. Here’s what I found out for all of you Umfreaks and for you moe-rons, stay tuned for the finale at the bottom! This photo really sums it all up:
So I posed the question to bassist Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee: “If you had to describe yourself in one song which song would it be and why?” His answer: “Smooth Operator” by Sade along with the quippy remark, “Do I really need to explain why?” Ohhh mister Stasik knows he’s a sexy moustached stallion. Who would have thought?
With a blush and a smirk I rambled off my next question: “If you were invisible and could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?” Stasik firmly retorted, “Well how old would I be” to which I replied, “You can be as old as you want.” He grinned and looked up for a minute then shot back at me, “Well I would be 18 years old and I would hang out in a girl’s locker room at the hot yoga studio.” Whew. Well we see where your mind is at buddy. And after walking around to a fan who bought a ticket for the Umphrey’s Picnic and was sitting in the barn enjoying a sandwich out of their newly prized Umphrey’s lunchbox, I saw the photo above. With iphones snapping like an MTV red carpet event, the photo certainly took a few UM fans by surprise. Yes, V is for Vagina. Thanks for that gem
Later on in the VIP tent where Summer Camp so amazingly put together meet and greets with some of the big boys at camp this year, I ran into Rob Derhak, bassist and vocalist for moe. When I asked him where he would go if he were invisible and why, he gave me a much more sophisticated response- “Well I would go to the White House of course and dig around for a bit.”
There you have it friends- the short and skinny on the thoughts of Stasik and Derhak. Whew, now we can all rest easy. More to come. Stay tuned….
I spent my Saturday attending all of the field day events except sunrise kickball which was at 5am. I unfortunately didn’t attend since I couldn’t get myself up at that time, or stay up till that time. But I heard it was awesome and that Ryan Stasik (from Umphrey’s) showed up to participate, which he has done every year since field day started in 2011.
I was apart of the Yellow Team just like last year, YEAH YELLOW TEAM! The first event was tug-of-war, Yellow won the first round of tug of war, but then lost to the blue team. Here’s a pic of Blue beating Purple in the first round.
The next event was arm wrestling and the women competed first, the Red Team female arm wrestler ended up beating everyone. Here’s a pic of Red Team beating Yellow Team…
Then it was time for the men’s arm wrestling. My man Adam represented the Yellow team and kept his title as reigning winner of male arm wrestling for the Yellow Team! Here’s a pic from male arm wrestling…
Here’s a pic of the two winners of arm wrestling from Yellow and Red Team…
Next up was the spelling bee, how it worked was each team was given 30 seconds to figure out the correct spelling of a word that was given to them and a team captain that was elected would tell the officials the spelling of the word. Towards the end of the spelling be, Red and Yellow Team were neck and neck, but in the end, Red Team won. With a great speller like Shepy leading the Red Team, its no surprise they won. Here’s a pic of the Yellow Team after the spelling bee with Tony who was our spelling Captain…
Then it was time for dodge ball, the Purple and Yellow Team lost right away, so then it was between the Blue and Red Team. It was an intense match, but in the end, Red Team won. Here’s pic of Red and Purple Team playing dodge ball…
Next, we had a break for a couple hours, so our Yellow Team had a meeting and decided we would spend that time running around the festival capturing photos for the scavenger hunt that was due in a couple hours. Here’s one photo that we had to turn in, its a pic of a Yellow Teamer disposing of cigarette butts…
Once it was time to turn in our pictures Yellow Team was leading for a little bit, but in the end Blue Team blew the scavenger hunt out of the water!
Then we had the pizza eating contest, this consisted of 3 team mates from each team and each team member would line up behind each other and once the person in front of them completely ate their piece of pizza, then they would start eating theirs. Every team was neck and neck at first, but then Yellow Team pulled ahead and won! Here’s a pic from the pizza eating contest…
The referees decided to not so any of the other events since it was too rainy and muddy. After everything was tallied, Red Team won Summer Camp’s 2013 Field Day games! Congrats Red Team! Just watch out next year, Yellow Team 2014! Then on Sunday we had a keg party for everyone who participated in any field day events and everyone had a great time getting to know each other and reminiscing on the field day events the day before. Here’s a pic of Red Team and some people from the other teams with their trophy…
Here’s a pic of Shepy and Patrick from Red Team with their trophy…
I already can’t wait to participate and see all of the friends I made from field day again in 2014!
Ohhh wowy wow wow! Happy Tuesday and the first day of Scamp recovery friends. I must say that today is rolling around like a haze after a utopian dream. Until I make it out of the office to give you the extended version of my weekend, I wanted to at least give you the short and scrumptious of it all:
A quickie to get you through: What Made my Scamp one of the Most EPIC Experiences of my Life:
- Actually getting a moe. Rebubula cover from Umphrey’s Mcgee (first ever for me) and actually an old staple for UM to cover- check out fan footage HERE!!
- Hugging Gumby- yes Gumby was there. I have no idea where his damn pony Pokey was because I certainly needed a ride to main stage!
- Hearing moe. totally crush ‘In the Kitchen’ and later having the pleasure of hearing moe-rons talk about how much they couldn’t resist the urge to groove to it
- Boogyin’ down to Umphrey’s as they blew the doors off of a small church in the middle of a Chilicothe field…now that’s a rare moment in life. Church rage!
- Watching two naked girls covered in mud share a plate of lo mein and look the happiest they have ever been in their lives- mud, sun, good music, no clothes & lo mein = happiness (And while I was too far away to slug through the field and give you both a giant muddy hug, I felt exactly the same.)
Thank you yet again Chilicothe, IL. That was one of the most heartfelt journeys through the wild I’ve ever had….can’t wait to do it all again. More details, photos and juicy Scamp downlow to come friends….
We did it! I’m so excited to be here back at Summer Camp, blogging from the back of the church.
The trip down from Chicago was particularly epic, because my crew decided to go all-out this year and rent an RV. It. Is. Awesome. We picked it up from the suburbs of Chicago, loaded our stuff in, and hit the road to Chillicothe. If you have the means to do the RV route, I highly recommend it.
After settling in, we walked over to Starshine to catch Cornmeal tearing it up for a super frisky crowd. We immediately ran into some old friends and started getting our groove on. After a quick break, we were back at it for Digital Tape Machine, and the party was in full-force. What a fantastic way to kick-off the festival… the crowd was huge, the poles were out, and the weather was perfect.
Now it’s time to kick off Friday! Really looking forward to some Brainchild, moe., Medeski and Yonder before kicking it into full gear for some Umphs! Signing off for the morning – see ya’ll out there!