The unofficial kick off to summer is Summer Camp Music Festival. After it’s 19th year Summer Camp has solidified its name as the premier festival in the Midwest and continues to grow. Having ten stages with music being played on them nearly twenty hours a day, Summer Camp has become a music festival buffet that has something for everyone. Who says you have to be a kid to go to camp?
The unofficial camp counselors of Summer Camp are the boys from Umphrey’s McGee. From stage time to organizing the festival’s kickball game, the band has earned all possible camp badges at this point. Their Friday night set showed why the band has come to the forefront of jam scene. Starting off with, “Maybe Someday” they let everyone know they are not afraid of heights. “All in Time” seemed to have a little extra magic sprinkled on it sounding like an anthem being played across the festival grounds. “Booth Love” had support from Ryan Zoldis and Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce with all the juices flowing everyone ended set one in fourth gear with “Call to Arms”, from the infamous Sturgill Simpson.
Closing out May in style, Wakarusa once again descended upon Mulberry Mountain, transforming the remote location into a musical heaven of sorts. By possessing a lineup that was fit for kings (and queens), there was music to be heard from morning to morning, providing weekend residents the option to dance under the blended azure skies of the days all the way through the crystal starry skies of night (that can only be found in an area as “untouched” as Mulberry) and the wee morning.
With so many bands on the bill and the vast genre representation found therein, we drooled at the prospect of lugging audio and video gear into the backstage area to capture some special moments. Fortunately for us, Wakarusa was game. So were a handful of carefully selected artists. As a result, we are now able to exclusively & proudly present Live, Backstage & Unplugged at Wakarusa, part I — with ALO & SOJA.