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Summer Camp Land

Each year on memorial day weekend Three Sisters park transforms into a magical world overflowing with smiles, laughs, and good vibes. For some of us Summer Camp has been our home for over a decade, and for others this dream-like land has just been discovered. Whether it’s a monsoon or a dustbowl, we just keep coming back for more. . I’m sure you all missed slip n’ sliding in the rain and watching people wipe out in the mud. However, Mother Nature must’ve been in high spirits this year because she blessed us with warm weather and sunshine. Instead of coming home with wet sleeping bags and mud-caked boots, we’ve all got the black lung and my personal favorite: The Dirt Tan.
If you’re a seasoned wood camper, then it’s likely you arrived on Wednesday night and waited in line until the ass-crack of dawn to ensure you got the best spot in the forest. Never mind the possibility of ticks and poison ivy, everybody knows the woods are where it’s at. Now, the responsible thing to do after staying up all night and then setting up camp is to nap, but we’re FINALLY AT SCAMP; so instead we just guzzle down an iced coffee and start the adventure.
I highly recommend taking advantage of the Pre-Party Pass next year (if you don’t already) because Thursday night was out of control! Future Rock kicked off the night with their ever-groovy electronic madness taking fans for a wild ride, while artists Derek Gruen and Alicia M. Post painted psychedelic art for the live audience. Then we boogied down to Sun Stereo, a super funky, theatrical jazz band from Urbana, Illinois. From there the madness only continued with Manic Focus, Digital Tape Machine, and finally EOTO closing out the Red Barn. Go on and get your free downloads ya’ll.
Friday was jam packed with awesome sets! Moe played a glorious set in the sunshine, followed by Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, Blues Travelers then Umphrey’s McGee, Beats Antique, and more UMPHS….Then finally we got to hear the legendary Les Claypool of Primus talk about hot buttered toast in-between your butt cheeks. YUM. If you haven’t popped your Primus cherry yet, then hear me when I say: the sooner you accept the fact that their shows are basically just a giant acid trip, the better off you’ll be. You’ll probably still end your night scratching your head like, “WTF?!” But at least now you’ve been warned… Go see Primus next time you need a good laugh. Enjoy.
There were quite a bit of overlapping sets this year but if you’re anything like me, than your undiagnosed, ADD self just loves bouncing from stage to stage, meeting hundreds of scampers along the way. This year I had the chance to roam the festival grounds for hours each day meeting tons of lovely faces and friends along the way. I came across an amazing little art booth called Electrified Designs. Two dudes from Michigan specialize in spray-painting vivid, psychedelic portraits of bands like Big Gigantic, Break Science, and even the infamous Walter White. They use a special linen-canvas blend almost like soft leather so you can roll your painting up for easy transporting. And if that weren’t enough… they do BASSNECTAR body tags. They’ll be at Electric Forest, Summer Set, and Riot Fest so check them out next time you’re on the road.
Day inevitably turned to dusk and thank god it did because I got to see one of my favorite sets of the weekend: LOTUS!! I’ve always been a huge fan of Lotus but DAMN; on the top of a hill, with the blazing sun melting into the trees, surrounded by thousands of fellow scampers is HANDS DOWN, the very best way to see Lotus. After their enchanting [sun] set, the magic continued with another incredible Umphrey’s set, The Works, more umphs, then Moe.
Fast forward to one of my other favorite sets of the weekend…Whether I like to admit it or not I consider myself a certified bass junkie, and I must say Bassnectar put on one hell of a show. It was the perfect mix of old and new; a carefully curated combo of old grime meets new soul. I’m crying just thinking about it. Some of my favorites were “So High,” “Liquid Summer,” “Wildstyle,” “When I Grow Up,” and of course his new tracks “You and Me,” and “Now.” I could honestly go on forever so you should probably just re listen to the set yourself. BASSNECTAR’S FULL SET FROM SUMMERCAMP
For anyone else going through Summer Camp withdrawals, I leave you with this: Twas a magical weekend to be cherished and remembered forever. Let us all surround ourselves with wonderful, positive beings and see as much live music as our wallets allow. The Summer Camp vibe is pure and true, so let’s keep it going all year long, and pick up where we left off next year. Keep laughing, keep lovin’. Cheers Friends!

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Upcoming Festivals in Chicago

Upcoming festivals in Chicago from June-September.



  • Maifest, May 29-June 1, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
  • Festival del Taco, (NEW), May 30 – June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)
  • Do Division Street festival, May 30 – June 1, West Town
  • New Orleans festival, (NEW) May 31-June 1, West Lakeview at Lincoln Ave. and Addison
  • Chicago Food Truck Fest, June 7, outside U.S. Cellular Field
  • Bacon Chase (NEW) June 7, Montrose Beach
  • Ravinia Festival, June 5 through September 14, Highland Park
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 6-8, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 6-8, Andersonville
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, June 7-8, Lakeview, Sheffield/Belmont
  • 57th Street Art Fair: June 7-8, Hyde Park
  • Printers Row Lit Fest, June 7, 8, Printers Row neighborhood, Dearborn and Polk Streets
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 11 – August 16
  • Spring Awakening, June 13-15, Soldier Field
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 14, 15, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 14, 15, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 12-15, Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Taste of Randolph Street, June 13-15
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 13-15, Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)
  • Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 20-22, downtown Long Grove
  • L.A.T.E. Ride, June 21, overnight ride starts at Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)
  • Gold Coast Art Festival, June 21, 22, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
  • Pride Fest, June 21, 22, Halsted and Waveland
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 21, 22, Damen between North and Schiller
  • Milwaukee Summerfest, June 25-29 and July 1-6, Summerfest Grounds along Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI.
  • World’s Largest Block Party, June 27, 28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
  • Gospel Music Festival, June 27-29,  Ellis Park in Bronzeville
  • Chive Fest (NEW) June 28, Soldier Field, Stadium Green South
  • 2014 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, June 28, Ping Tom Memorial Park,  300 W. 19th Street
  • Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 28, 29, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Pride Parade, June 29, North Broadway, Boystown


  • International Festival of Life: July 3-6, Union Park
  • Chosen Few Picnic, July 3-6,  in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, Navy Pier, 9:30 p.m.
  • Wavefront Music Festival, July 4-6, Montrose Beach
  • Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland
  • Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
  • Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont
  • Rock Around the Block, July 5, 6, Belmont and Lincoln Avenue
  • Taste of Chicago, July 9-13, Grant Park
  • Windy City Smokeout, July 11-13, River North, Hubbard and Rush Streets
  • Michigan Avenue Art Festival, July 11-13, Pioneer Court
  • Square Roots Music Festival, July 11-13, Lincoln Square
  • Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
  • West Fest: July 12,13, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen
  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 18-20, Union Park
  • BenFest 2014, (St. Benedict’s ) July 18-20
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 20, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • Taste of River North: July 18-20, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 19, 20, between Morse and Estes Avenue
  • Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 19,-20, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
  • North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 20, starts Latin School, 45 W. North
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 26 – 27, N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 26, 27, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26-27, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue: July 26, 27, Lincoln Park, Fullerton and Wrightwood
  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland



  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
  • Lollapalooza, August 1-3, Grant Park
  • Edge Fest: August 2, 3, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue
  • Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage
  • Ginza Holiday, August 8-10, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
  • Festa Italiana, August 14-August 17, Little Italy, Taylor St.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 15-17, Rogers Park
  • Edison Park Fest, August 15-17, Chicago’s northwest side, Oshkosh and Olmsted
  • Chicago Westside Music Festival – August 16,  Garfield Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 16, 17 (rehearsal August 15) North Avenue Beach
  • Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball
  • Chicago Dancing Festival, August 20 – 23, various locations
  • Clark After Dark, August 21, Clark and Hubbard Streets
  • The Boulevard, August 22-24, Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue
  • The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, August 21-September 1, North Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Fashion Fest, Saturday, August 23-24, Division St. from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Taste of Greektown, August 23 – 24, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Chicago New Orleans Fest (NEW) August 23 – 24, Sheffield and Wellington
  • Bucktown Arts Festival, August 23 – 24, Bucktown
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 28 – September 7, Jefferson Park
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28 – 31, Grant Park
  • African Festival of the Arts, August 29 – September 1
  • North Coast Music Festival, August 29 – 31, Union Park
  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, August 30 – 31,  Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and California Avenues
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 30 – 31, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden



  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • German American Fest, September 5-7, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest, September 6, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Fulton Fest, September 12,13, Fulton Avenue between Damen and Hoyne
  • Festival de la Villita, September 12-14, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • Riot Fest, September 12-14, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Avenue
  • Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 – 14, Wells and North
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 20, 21, Clark and Argyle
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list  of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 26 – 28, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 27 – 28, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, September 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
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August 29-30 / 2014