It is hard to believe but it is true… we are smack in the middle of summer festival season again. This weekend, the one that leads up to the official day that our country recognizes the ultimate sacrifice that so many servicemen and women have made to protect our freedom will also be celebrated with the 12th installment of Summer Camp Music Festival.
Now hosted by both moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, the annual event has grown from one with moe. plus ten others to an event that boasts the hosts, Jane’s Addiction, Pretty Lights, Primus, an eclectic Bob Weir led trio andÂ nearly 100 other bands — many of whom could and do headline many anÂ event (see: Tedeschi Trucks Band, YMSB, Gov’t Mule and others).
Summer Camp has been an Honest Tune staple for many moons now and this year, we will once again be on the scene with two of our best: photographer, Amber Jennings and writer, Cal Roach.
We asked Cal and Amber to lay out their plans for the weekend and their top 5 bands of the weekend, so they did. We also would love to hear yours…
Amber Jennings’ Camp Itinerary:
Thursday: Caravan of Thieves, Van Ghost, Elephant Revival, Cornmeal, The Werks, Sometime between The Werks and Infamous I’ll hit the Chicago Super Jam, The Infamous Stringdusters
Friday:Â The Infamous Stringdusters on the way to moe., moe., Strange Arrangement, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Weir Robinson & Greene Acoustic Trio, Henhouse Prowlers, Umphrey’s McGee, Primus, Les Claypool & Dead Kenny Gs, Ha Ha the Moose
Saturday: David Gans, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, Orgone, G. Love, Govt Mule, moe., The Ragbirds, Hot Buttered Rum
Sunday: Chicago Farmer, Hot Buttered Rum, moe. x2, Yonder Mountain String Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Victor Wooten, Pretty Lights, Jane’s Addiction, Greensky Bluegrass
Cal Roach’s Camp Itinerary:
Thursday: Van Ghost, Family Groove Company, Digital Tape Machine, Cornmeal
Friday: Wook, Dead Kenny Gs, moe…. Honestly, the rest of the day/night I’ll probably bounce between the two main stages unless I hear a hot tip on something else I MUST see.Â But the whole day looks solid.
Saturday: Fareed Haque, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, Orgone, Gigantic Underground Conspiracy, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Gov’t Mule, UM/moe./UM/moe.
Sunday: Banyan, Chicago Farmer, Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shpongle presents The Masquerade, Galactic, Jane’s Addiction, moe.
Cal’s TOP 5 Bands of the Weekend…
|Who...||What & Why...||When & Where...|
|PRIMUS||Les Claypool has been bouncing back and forth between bands for well over a decade now, but it's nice to see his bread-n-butter project touring with an album of new material to work with. Old school fans needn't fret; Primus never abandons its juicy back catalog, and there's always plenty of mind-bending improv in addition to some of the heaviest riffs you're likely to hear at a festival like this.||Friday May 25, 2012 10:30pm - 12:00am on the MOONSHINE Stage|
|Banyan||Almost as long as he's been the drummer for Jane's Addiction, Stephen Perkins has been jamming with this loose collective of disparate musicians. The lineup typically includes Nels Cline on guitar and Mike Watt on bass; other than that, you never know; the band hasn't released a studio album since 1999's 'Anytime At All' but the page-long list of contributors on that one suggests anything could happen during this set.||Sunday May 27, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm on the MOONSHINE Stage|
|Gigantic Underground Conspiracy||Sure, "supergroups" are generally maligned, but occasionally they triumph and create something beyond just buddies getting together and having fun. This one hasn't been around for long, but these guys (members of Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic, Conspirator, etc.) got that debut gig out of the way months ago, so it must have come off well enough to produce something promising. We hope.||Saturday May 26, 2012 5:00pm - 6:15pm on the MOONSHINE Stage & Sunday May 27, 2012 2:45am - 4:00am on the REDBARN Stage|
|Gov't Mule||The only thing worse than a supergroup is a cover band, right? Wait, wait; Gov't Mule has plenty of original songs! But Warren Haynes & co. have a deliciously unique approach to integrating lots of great tunes by other artists into their free-flowing, hard-rocking sets. Soulful vocals, hot guitar shredding and a jammy Southern-rock expertise add up to a very unpredictable show.||Saturday May 26, 2012 7:00pm - 8:30pm on the MOONSHINE Stage|
|Gogol Bordello||Somehow, incredibly, Gogol Bordello has managed to bring its outlandish melange of styles that some people call gypsy-punk into the mainstream consciousness. If nothing else, this is a sure sign that the world is inching toward cultural harmony, at least in musical terms! Listening to this band's high-octane, spastic material, you can't imagine this not being a crazy, high-energy, entertaining set.||Friday May 25, 2012 8:15pm - 9:30pm on the MOONSHINE Stage|
Amber’s TOP 5 Bands of the Weekend…
|Who...||What & Why...||When & Where...|
|moe.||Summer Camp vets moe. will be hosting Summer Camp for the 12th year and lighting director, Jason Huffer, is always at his best when in Chillicothe. Hopefully their new album, 'What Happened to the La Las' will remain in La La land so that they can pull out some of their hard hitting mega jams.||Friday- 12:30pm, Saturday- 9:00pm, Saturday- 11:30pm, Sunday- 3:00pm, Sunday 11:30pm (All sets are on the MOONSHINE Stage except for the Sunday day set that is on the STARSHINE Stage)|
|Weir, Robinson, Greene Acoustic Trio||The powerful combination of Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Furthur), Chris Robinson (Black Crowes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood) and Jackie Greene will be a set of hippy Americana tinged roots music at itâ€™s best. Though the trio have played together throughout the years, this year they are formally touring as the Acoustic Trio. The passion that is inherent in anything that is Grateful Dead related will be unsurpassable.||Friday May 25, 2012 5:00pm - 6:15pm on the SUNSHINE Stage|
|Leftover Salmon||The jamgrass band that many credit with starting it all, Leftover Salmon, will bring the their brand of polyethnic cajun slamgrass Camp this year. Drew Emmittâ€™s head banging mandolin rolls and smooth vocals team well with Vince Hermans buoyancy and flat pickin'. After years of hiatus and intermittent gigs it is just good too see the legendary Colorado band creating new music and regularly taking the stage again.||Friday May 25, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm on the SUNSHINE Stage|
|PRIMUS||Cal summed it up fantastically.||Friday May 25, 2012 10:30pm - 12:00am on the MOONSHINE Stage|
|Elephant Revival||Relative Coloradoan newcomers, Elephant Revival, are a breath of fresh air -- bringing their unique brand of â€œtranscendental folkâ€ music to the scene. The Indie Acoustic Quintet brings an incredible array of sounds through the work of Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).||Thursday May 24, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm on the CAMPFIRE Stage & Saturday May 26, 2012 1:00am - 2:00am on the CAMPFIRE Stage|