With Summer Camp just around the corner kicking off tomorrow at 1pm for early-entry ticket buyers, we can’t help but get excited for one of the summer’s finest music lineups. With such a stacked lineup how can we not travel out to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois to see some great music for a few days? To organize the frenetic anticipation Campers are feeling right now, we pieced together 7 concrete reasons why we’re making the cross-country trip from Brooklyn, New York to this particular festival.
1. 5 sets of Umphrey’s McGee and 5 sets of moe.
Our two host bands are appropriately bringing 5 sets of music to Summer Camp, giving us all plenty opportunity to see both historic jam bands. With Umphrey’s progressive, heavy-yet-danceable sound and moe.‘s classic rock-inspired noodley improvisation, our two hosts will be bringing the jams all weekend. With moe. opening up the festival on Friday and closing it out on Sunday with three more sets in between, there will be an ample number of chances to get your fix of ripping guitar playing, vibraphone solos, and rock jams over at the Moonshine Stage.
Umphrey’s will also be playing 5 sets over the course of three days. As far Umphrey’s Summer Camp history goes, these are sure to each be face-melters. So prepare for some complex improv, masterful performing, extended jams ranging from electronic-dance to progressive metal, and some of the best lights in the scene today.
2. The Disco Biscuits
If you couldn’t tell already, we love the Disco Biscuits here at Sound Fix. Seeing them in the beautiful Three Sisters Park in Illinois, fresh off their 2-night run in Portland, Maine is without doubt a great way to end the weekend (read our preview of the Biscuits Maine run here). With the final set of the weekend on the Sunshine Stage and an end to 3 nights of shows, the Biscuits are definitely a set to be anticipated by any attendee who loves quality improvisation paired with the highest level of dance jams and lasers our community has really ever witnessed.
3. Members of Phish
We are lucky enough to have not one, but two members of the largest, best-selling, and best known jambands at this year’s Summer Camp. Bassist Mike Gordon will rock the Moonshine Stage early Friday evening with the progressive, unique band he leads with his legendary bass playing.
Trey Anastasio, the biggest man in jam, will be playing 2 full sets Sunday evening on the Sunshine Stage. Backed by his soulful band fully equipped with horns and backup vocalists, Trey will surely deliver some Phish sing-alongs along with some of his own material and tasteful covers. Be sure to catch the legendary guitar god’s sets this weekend.
4. Pretty Lights Live
Performing with his new all-star live band, Pretty Lights has been delivering some high-level shows so far this year. With a primetime early evening spot on the Sunshine Stage on Saturday night, PL Live is not a set to be missed. Also throwing down a fat 3-hour late night DJ set in the Red Barn for those who were lucky enough to score tickets, Pretty Lights is a heavy-hitter at this year’s Summer Camp.
5. Primus and The Claypool Lennon Delirium
One of the most infamous bass players of all time, Les Claypool, is taking over the Moonshine Stage on Friday night. With his side project The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the psychedelic mushroom – inspired duo of Les and Sean Lennon (son of Beatles member, John Lennon) at 7pm, then the funk-metal trio Primus at 9pm, the Moonshine Stage is sure to get its fair share of wildly experimental bass playing.
6. Thursday Pre-Party
Coming in on Thursday is a great way to score a prime camping spot, get yourself situated, and also see some quality music before the main event officially kicks off on Friday. Launching the festival a day early with some exceptional bands (we’re mainly focused on and looking forward to the meteoric jam band Spafford, interview coming soon) there’s so much to be excited for.
7. Snacks from Bobo’s by HeadCount
With the current state of modern politics, it’s never been more important for us young people band together and register to vote. And to make it even sweeter, if you register you’ll get some free snacks from the one and only Bobo’s of Colorado! Be sure to drop by HeadCount to show your support.