Looking forward to the weekend: Summer Camp 2012

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 and  nearly 100 other bands — many of whom could and do headline many an  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:  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.  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…


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Amber’s TOP 5 Bands of the Weekend…


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