Road to Camp Bisco – Bethany Lokken of Orchard Lounge
This is a photo of me playing at my very first Camp Bisco, Camp Bisco V. Orchard Lounge actually played Camp IV, but I was in law school at the time and trying to be responsible so I couldn’t make it. That made Camp V my first Camp and yes, I was obviously VERY nervous! Ben and Spencer (the other two thirds of Orchard Lounge) told me that people there would know who I was and they would know OL! I was shocked.
Orchard Lounge has been honored to be included on the Camp Bisco lineup for 8 years in a row. That’s still crazy to me! We’re always overwhelmed at the enthusiastic crowds we’ve been graced with during our performances. Something you often hear from us, “Our favorite place to play: Camp Bisco, hands down”. I’ve never been more exhausted than after one of our big sets at Camp. Nerves (inverted) > excitement > shock (unfinished) > humility > satisfaction (w/ disco jam) > love. I’ve always walked off that stage breathless and dripping in sweat.
My best memories or moments have likely been Disco Biscuits related. Camp Bisco is always THE best place to see the band. Getting down with the chillest bros and the loveliest ladies (people you may only see this one time a year) to your favorite band (at their best) in an outdoor setting where they have a history of one-upping themselves on production (who can forget when they debuted the lasers?!) is magical.
One of my favorite Camp Bisco memories was passing out copies of the movie “Thriller” in VIP. My dad had made them for me to share during our Michael Jackson tribute set. I will forever see our participation in these VIP sets as life changing. As an electronic musician, ‘jamming’ is not something you often get to experience, unless you are the Disco Biscuits. I remember looking over at Allen [Aucoin] and [Aron] Magner on during these sets and thinking “Is this real life?!”
Other things I will never forget about Camp Bisco throughout the years:
Being at Camp when it was small. Now Camp Bisco is tens of thousands of people but I remember playing on the mainstage at 7:00 AM on a Sunday, with a whopping crowd of about 4.
Ben and I being the worst captains of the Yellow Team in the history of Color Wars – can’t say we didn’t try or that we didn’t have an awesome time.
Losing myself (and my shoes) in the mud of Camp VIII, if you had your shoes at the end of every Camp Bisco then you clearly didn’t trek through the muck and mire of Swamp Bisco 8.
Thinking back through the many Camp Biscos I have attended so many other things come to mind: the song “Machine Gun” by The Commodores, tornado sirens, The Days Inn, setting our turntables up in the hotel to practice, Future Rock, getting down to the Biscuits on the front row in a torrential downpour (while wearing a Snuggie), my “Bassnectar Only Please” shorts, hearing Snoop Dogg say “Ya’ll ready for 311?!” while we soundchecked in the dance tent, Slick Rick in all his majesty, LCD Soundsystem, Amon Tobin, waiting for Wu-Tang and it being so worth it, seeing Cut Copy play, Tractorbeam vs. The Perfume, seeing homies play in the silent disco, our ‘secret’ Campground sets, the grilled cheese making Pharaoh, Loco Ono acoustic latenight getdowns, fake mustaches, glitter bombing, glowsticks.
Lastly one of the things that makes camp one of my favorite places on earth– first meetings with strangers who turned into lifelong friends.
But the thing about Camp Bisco that sets it apart is the spirit of improv and collaboration. We’ve always shouted out to the Biscuits and Camp Bisco during our sets because, as fans ourselves (Ben having attended since the 1st Camp Bisco), we know what people are excited for, because we are too! There is nothing like it! Playing at Camp Bisco 8 years in a row, you could say we have gotten used to it. You could say we are spoiled. One thing is for sure, we are gonna miss the heck outta the best weekend of the summer this year. Please pour a little out for us and take lots of photos! Have fun and take care of each other. “Welcome to Camp Bisco Mother Fuckers’ers!’
Image Credit: Sebastien Barre
Image Credit: LostinSound
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