Summer Camp Music Festival 1st Round Lineup Highlights
Summer Camp Music Festival will return to the homey Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL for the 15th time this Memorial Day weekend. For this special milestone, its safe to expect one of the best and most diverse lineups to date. The first lineup announcement covers an impressive array of old and new school jam bands, rock and electronic funk. Get your tickets here now before the price goes up.
It’s been a big year for #scamp stalwarts’ moe. and Umphrey’s McGee. Both have released new albums over the past year, Umphrey’s played their 2000th show and have hinted at very big plans for 2015. What will these legendary bands have in store for the 15th anniversary of their home festival? We can only expect the unexpected.
Here are some other highlights from the 1st lineup announcement:
Speaking of legendary bands, the world of jam doesn’t really get any better than Widespread Panic. These veterans have been taking the road by storm for almost 30 years and their cult following continues to grow. As of 2013, Widespread Panic holds the record for number of sold-out performances at Red Rocks (42) and Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia (20).
John Butler Trio
This year, the Australian John Butler Trio will make their first ever appearance at Summer Camp. Led by John Butler, the trio has perfected their folk-jam sound over the years. Acoustic instrumentation and a light, pop-sensibility will be a nice change of pace amidst the electronic and progressive music that can be heard at Summer Camp.
STS9 will return to Summer Camp for the first time with their new bassist Alana Rocklin. Despite the skeptical response of some die-hard fans, Rocklin has been ingratiated into the STS9 fabric perfectly. Rocklin brings a much needed female presence to a scene dominated by men, and she has helped STS9 reach new heights over the past few months. Their 2013 Summer Camp performance included some great sit ins and guest horn players like Russ Liquid, so STS9 at #SCamp15 will be a must-see.
In light of recent headlines, the jamtronica trio Cosby Sweater has changed their name to Turbo Suit. This new beginning is especially exciting given the upcoming release of the first Turbo Suit album which includes collaborations with Jake Cinnenger, Joel Cummins, Marcus Rezak, Probcause, Zion I and more. Turbo Suit is one of the hottest rising bands out there and they (as Cosby Sweater) killed it at Summer Camp last year with 4 sets of electronic funk goodness. Members of Turbo Suit will also team up with members of Digital Tape Machine for the LCD Soundsystem tribute band North American Scum which premiered at Summer Camp last year. Check out Sensible Reason’s interview with Cosby Sweater at SCamp14 and their slick remix of Umphrey’s “The Linear” below.
The Nth Power
One of the most exciting of the Summer Camp virgins is the The Nth Power. The New Orleans-based ensemble will demand your attention and capture your heart with their deep grooves and infectious soul. These seasoned musicians combine elements of R&B, funk, jazz and gospel into irresistibly catchy and attention grabbing tracks. A live The Nth Power performance is a powerful journey with an emotional impact; filled with expressive vocals, passionate swells and suave ambiance.
Other notable headliners include The Steve Miller Band, Big Gigantic, Paul Oakenfold and Keller Williams & Grateful Grass. Check out Sensible Reason’s #scamp14 write up here. Make sure you follow @SensibleReason and @SR_MusicNews for lineup announcements, interviews, contests and more.