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!!!
There aren’t many places in the world as beautiful as Lake Tahoe. I couldn’t have imagined the beauty until I actually got there! I just happened to be in the area and I was excited to see one of my favorite bands that I’ve never gotten to see before. I’ve been listening to ALO since college but with no luck when it comes to seeing them live. They really delivered on my first experience with some amazing covers and sets that seemed to last forever, which is obviously a great thing!
I love the laid back, fun, and upbeat style they exude on stage and its a great show for singing along. They played an awesome rendition of “Maria” which of course I was all about! And the crowd went nuts for the “Get Lucky” cover that fit in perfectly with the attitude of the casino crowd on hand. The highlight of the show was the “Try” jam that melded “After Midnight” right into the middle.
There was a ton of interaction between the band and the audience throughout the entire show. ALO even came out for an encore and took a request for “Champ” from a dude in the audience! I love it when bands take requests, it really shows a level of respect and love for the fans and it really is cool to see bands improvisive on stage and not just come out with a set list that gets stuck to no matter what.
I am so happy I finally made it to see this amazing band they would be an amazing addition to the Summer Camp lineup this year or next. I included the set list and a link to a recording below. Well worth downloading and checking out. A shout out to Dr. Bob Wagner for the recording! Great quality!
Set 1 – 64:12 01- Introduction > I love Music – Blew out the Walls > Shapeshifter – Try > After Midnight > Try – Chilly Chilly * – Falling Dominios * – Dead Still Dance Disc
Set 2 – 77:38 0 1- Banter – Plastic Bubble – Cowboy’s & Chorus Girls – Suenas Y Vegas > Get Lucky # > 06- Suenas Y Vegas – Walls of Jerico – Maria – Probecito > Lady Loop Encore – “asking what song to play” – The Champ > BBQ (excerpt) > The Champ
Eric here and I noticed that our favorite post headliner blastoff band The Ragbirds is in need of a new set of wheels to be able to continue touring this fall with a new baby! They have 7 days to complete their Kickstarter goal and raise the money for their new eco-friendly vegetable oil powered vehicle.
In case you weren’t aware, The Ragbirds are one of Michigan’s top touring bands that has been moving up the ranks on the festival circuit for a few years now. They are a 5 piece folk-rock-world-fusion band out of Ann Arbor, MI and their sound is amazing. I highly recommend checking them out.
Here is the link to their Kickstarter campaign and a few videos for your listening pleasure!
This will be my first post as one of your Camp Counselors! I am so excited to be here at the festival and blogging for SCamp. Every year, the week before the fest we find ourselves constantly checking that 10 day report of what kind of weather we will be seeing over the weekend. For some reason it always seems to change every 5 minutes. Before coming to the festival, my +1 sent me this hilarious weather report that I feel is quite accurately how my weekend will go!
I hope you all enjoy it. Here’s JR Johnivan with your weather!
The forecast is looking partially UMmy, with a heady chance of moe. lazers. Possible wailer storms coming in Friday, right around 4:20
which is going to give way to a Level 9 STS watch later on in the evening, eventually ending with some massive dubstep, where on-site reporter Jason Hann will be live in the VIP lounge.
Saturday you’d have to be a conspirator not to love this weather, so make sure to eat your bowl of cornmeal in the afternoon cuz it’s a (karl denson’s) tiny universe out there, or maybe you wanna go with a pizza with THE WERKS on it, before getting an UM, Moe, UM, Moe, and make sure to put them sunglasses on cuz late night Ragbirds will be BRIGHT!!
Then we’ll start off first thing Sunday afternoon with an extended UM watch, before checking out some TAJ MAHAL-like weather – believe me, you’re gonna wanna eat plenty of LETTUCE for this one, oh – did I forget to mention this is Ragbirds season? Hope you have your sunglasses on Sunday too, cuz there will be plenty of Ragbirds crossings out. Thats right about the time we’ll ROCK into the FUTURE , then, we’ll have a 4 hour commercial from our main sponsor, TAB (Cola) before ending the weekend with some moe.
and that is your weather report son!
Enjoy your festy SCampers!