After 4 days of some of the best music of my life, it has come to an end. Looking back, I had one of the best times of my life. Sure, the weather was nasty, but there’s nothing you can do to change that. I played football growing up and I learned real quick that you just gotta play through the shitty weather. For Scamp, it was the same mindset. Are you really gonna let the rain ruin your day? I didn’t spend 6 hours in a car to come let my experience get ruined by something out of my control, so hey, I just had a good time. The weather is what it is, so you just gotta embrace it and move on. The rain turned the fields into one large mud puddle, ruining my shoes, socks, and jeans, but I worse things could have happened. For example, the music could have sucked. But the music blew my mind and that’s the only thing that matters. Looking back, here are my Top 5 performances from my weekend:
1. Trey Anastasio Band 2. The Everyone Orchestra 3. Umphrey’s McGee – Saturday 4. Umphrey’s McGee – Friday 5. Umphrey’s McGee – Sunday.
Yeah, I listed all 3 UM shows. That’s because they’re SO great. I also want to shout out Roster McCabe’s Pre-Party show on Thursday night as another great performance.
Looking back, I just wish I saw more concerts! I am bummed to admit I missed out on Sound Tribe, Yonder Mountain, Papdosio, Keller Williams, and EOTO, and also missed portions of a couple moe. and UM sets and Big Gigantic. Just too many overlapping music! Also, the camp grounds were very dark at night. Some areas were lit by hanging neon lights, why can’t they just have that all throughout? I think it’d be better if the camp grounds were also more organized into grids or squares, and section it off a little bit more so they are easier to navigate.
Although Summer Camp has come and gone, the summer is just getting started. I’m looking forward to Roster McCabe swinging through La Crosse, Wisconsin, in a couple weeks, Summerfest next month – lineup includes Tom Petty, Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s, and Dark Star Orchestra, 3 nights of Phish in July, and 2 nights of the Allman Brothers Band in August. Be on the lookout for more blogs from me from all the shows I check out the rest of the summer!
Twas Friday, Friday. We were getting down on Friday! Waking up sure was a task but as soon as I got a little bit O’ chicken on a stick I was ready to get going. Now I didn’t get to see any shows until Ozomatli which was at 4:15 due to some blogging activities and such, but when I saw them I was thoroughly surprised. I have never heard of them before but now I’m a fan. Trumpet player was getting down with a little bit of feedback from the crowd and their guitarist, oh man he was on fire! They are just a fun band to watch. I recommend you guys to look them up. Next up were the legends, Weir, Robinson, Greene Acoustic Trio. Really laid back feel, big difference from the previous energy of Ozomatli but sometimes you just gotta kick back and take it easy, relax and get lost in the sound. After checking out some acoustic stuff it was time for some Boombox. This was the stuff to dance to and get crazy. They had an amazing set that there was no way I could stop movin my feet. We checked out Umphrey’s McGee for awhile then went on over to Gogol Bordello and my wait on them was so worth it. These guys are by far one of my favorite bands at Summer Camp. Primus and then Lotus were next on the list and honestly this is where things get a little hazy. I’m just gonna leave it at that and tell ya’ll to have a beautifull Saturday! Much love!