‘Road to Camp Bisco’ – Outlet
The fourth installment in a series of fond memories of past camps and the excitement of camps to come. This installment comes from an artist who played last year’s Camp Bisco.
My name is Jon Belfontaine sometimes known as Outlet. My story begins in the summer of 2010 when my beautiful partner in adventures and I purchased one-day passes for Camp Bisco 9. We arrived early Saturday morning to awesome weather and awesome staff. We parked our car, setup our camp for the day, ate a quick lunch and made it just in time to see The Disco Biscuits at 2PM. That year we were both working around the clock and wished we could have bought full weekend passes. The weather was awesome and even though it didn’t hold up for much longer after the sun went down we found ourselves in great spirits about it. The lightning was like nothing we had seen before and given how far you can see at the Indian Lookout was truly amazing and to share in that view of Mother Nature was great too. We spent a while in our car like most of us did when the rain began to pour. But then it started to let up and we heard the party slowly roar in, we decided to get out of our car which was dead for some reason (we are still trying to figure out if the thunder drained our battery as we weren’t the only ones needing a jump the next morning) met some new friends on our way down to the main field to hear The Disco Biscuits take the stage again and straight kill it right off the bat with I believe Portal To An Empty Head was what they started with. As the rain continued we made our way up to the dance tent and caught Girl Talk, just in time to sing Bon Jovi at the top of our lungs with everyone it was at that moment I started dreaming of performing here someday. Little did I know at the time, that dream was achievable and only a year away.
The ride home to New Hampshire was awesome as are most rides home from amazing life changing events often are. We brainstormed ideas that unknown to us would lead us to the same place the following year. We learned a lot about the law of attraction that year. Our road trip to Camp Bisco 10 began on New Years Eve when we made a New Years resolution to perform. We didn’t know how but we were determined. We made an event page asking fans of my music to visit the Facebook page for Camp Bisco and share links and stories with them about us and who we were and what we do. The next few days were amazing the response we received from friends and fans from all over the Country was awe inspiring, We watched in amazement as the name Outlet was posted on their wall along with links and videos. About five days into this I befriended MCP Presents on Facebook and saw they were logged into instant messenger. We began a conversation and really hit it off. The folks at Meat Camp Presents are truly amazing people to work with I won’t mention names but we discussed many things and we sent them a promotional video that they shared on their wall and in two days that video received more hits than anything I’d ever dropped myself. The road to Camp Bisco was not as simple as it reads here a lot of time was spent performing and connecting. There was a lot of promotional things done leading up into April before the final OK came through and when it did I learned how to do back flips on the spot. I remember the day I got the email and looked at my wife and said “dreams really do come true” the hard work we put in the passion we bring with the music all came together for this and thanks to the kindness and support from everyone, our dream of performing at Camp Bisco had become a reality.
Camp Bisco X:
We got to Mariaville, N.Y. on Thursday night to find out the show had just sold out and the atmosphere was just incredible. People were everywhere looking for tickets to get into the biggest Camp to date. Making our way to the artist check in we found out the email to upgrade my wife’s Saturday Pass to a weekend pass didn’t get to the artist check in but we weren’t sweating it before we even asked to speak with our contact he was standing there right behind us told the check in person to charge us the upgrade fee and we were back in business. Like I state earlier the staff at Camp Bisco in every instants have been professional, courteous and respectful it’s just such a great time. We are firm believers in the law of attraction and what really hit home with us was where we parked and setup camp that night we could have sworn it was the same exact spot we parked and camped the year before. Here we were in the exact same place but in a way different way. We got our site all setup and started to look at the schedule to see where to go first. We had plenty of time to take everything in being my set time was Sunday morning at 6 AM Silent Disco Stage following Pretty Lights. I couldn’t have asked for a better time slot getting to close out Camp Bisco 10 along side my good friend Motion Potion was so amazing we had a blast with everyone as the sun crept up on that beautiful morning. Some of the highlights from that weekend were of coarse the six Disco Biscuits sets. Shpongle in the rain for their first ever US performance was an experience I will never forget. We enjoyed our first time seeing Zoogma and Conspirator. Break Science with RJD2, Lettuce, Emancipator, D.V.S. and Telesma were amongst our favorites. Pretty Lights tore it up in the Groove Shark Tent and The Manhatten Project just crushed it on the Showcase Stage. Another big highlight for us was Higher Organix. All in all we are lifers and will continue to come to Camp as long as they are having them and who knows with a little luck and hard work we might be able to perform again. Here’s a short fan recorded video from our 6 AM set much love to all our Bisconian friends and family see you at Camp!
Elis and Jon
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