Fans of music wait year round for festival season to roll around, and among the most anticipated festivals is Summer Camp Music Festival. With moe. taking a hiatus in 2017 due to Rob Derhak being diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Cancer, it was unsure if they would be back to host their annual music festival. That’s why this year we’re beyond thrilled to be spending our Memorial Day weekend at Summer Camp! Performing at Summer Camp alongside moe. and Umphrey’s McGee this year will be Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Slightly Stoopid, Diplo, Cypress Hill, STS9, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Action Bronson, and many more. This year the festival will take place from Thursday, May 24th– Sunday, May 27thand tickets are available here. As Sound-Fix prepares to attend Summer Camp, we like to reflect on some of the reasons we keep coming back to Three-Sister’s Park for this glorious festival!
All types of music
With the diverse array of music at Summer Camp, the festival has something to offer for fans of all types of music. By encompassing genres like rock and roll, electronic, reggae, hip-hop, rap, bluegrass, and more, Summer Camp has famed itself as a fun time for all festival goers. Summer Camp is the type of festival you can feel comfortable attending with friends who enjoy vastly different tastes in music. You could split from the pack all day, see completely different music, and come back to the campsite at the end of the day with a whole collection of reasons why Summer Camp rocked your world!
Catching the wave with Slightly Stoopid
Ocean Beach, San Diego is not only Sound-Fix’s west coast home, but it is also home to new-age reggae innovators Slightly Stoopid. Embarking on a journey across America alongside one of our favorite acts is intensifying the excitement surrounding Summer Camp. After wrapping up 2017 with a world-wide tour which saw the band playing countries like the Netherlands, South America, Australia, Mexico and more, Slightly Stoopid is full of energy and ready to rock at Summer Camp! The band will be releasing a new album titledEveryday Life, Everyday Peopleon July 13th, 2018, so there’s the possibility that we will be hearing some new music from them when they take the Moonshine Stage. Slightly Stoopid will be performing on Friday night (5/25) from 11:15 PM – 12:30 PM. For a glimpse into what’s being putting together in the studio, check out new hit single “If You Want It” featuring Alborosie by clicking here.
Late nights in the Red Barns
The Red Barn late night performances are a staple at Summer Camp. This year’s Red Barn late night shows kick off on Thursday (5/24) with a full set from Umphrey’s McGee followed by Nailed It!!an all-star tribute to Nine Inch Nails featuring Jake Cinninger and Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee, Jason Huber of Cherub, Brock Bowling and Matt Harris of Zoogma & Eliot Lipp. Friday (5/25) will showcase barn-burner performances from moe. and Twiddle. Set to take the stage Saturday (5/26) is STS9, followed by a DJ set from Keys N Krates. To close out the Red Barn late nights this year on Sunday (5/27) will be Diplo and Liquid Stranger.
Camping and friends
You never know what kind of friendly and like-minded people you’ll meet when you’re hanging out in the woods. Veterans of Summer Camp are easily distinguishable by the massive carts they’re rolling through the grounds, and elaborate campsites, and are some of the most welcoming and friendly festival goers you’ll meet! There’s this communal sense of euphoria and excitement that fills the camp grounds every year. Those who come one year often can’t resist their temptations and come back the next year which results in Summer Camp becoming a yearly tradition. Not to mention all the old friends that we’ve been planning to reunite with at Summer Camp this year!
You never know who you’re going to run into, or what strange things you’re going to encounter at any festival. With the diverse lineup Summer Camp consistently offers comes a diverse range of music fans, and a whole lot of shenanigans. Jumping from one campsite to another can be like culture shock, and it’s a beautiful thing! Another dimension of the unknown is the possibility of sit-ins and all other kinds of collaboration that might take place!
Seeing moe. crush the Moonshine Stage yet again is an extreme pleasure in and of itself. A few short months ago we didn’t know if we would be doing this again this year, now, here we are! Furthermore the Moonshine Stage, home to moe., is one of our favorite places to see live music! The way it’s tucked into the trees really makes you feel like you’re in the woods. The Camping Stage is another sweet spot to catch a show nestled in the woods.
Closing it out with Phil Lesh
It always a delight to close out any festival with the music of the Grateful Dead, but when it’s any of the original members closing it out it makes it that much more special. Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band will be playing on Sunday (5/27) for 2 sets from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, and from 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM on the Sunshine Stage. Along for the ride will be guitarist Eric Krasno. We’re excited to hear what songs will Phil the air Sunday night!
With Summer Camp Music Festival just days away, we’re shaking with excitement! We can’t wait to see what kind of fun lies ahead of us this year, and hope to see you there! Stay tuned to Sound-Fix for more updates on highlight performances, bust-outs, adventures, words from some of our favorite artists, and more!