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Summer Camp Music Festival 2015

Shenanigans at SCAMP!
(no particular order)

  • Here Come The Mummies
  • Burlesque exotic performance
  • “Just A Friend” Singalongs
  • Pink Talking Fish
  • Late night Keller Set
  • Fly Like An Eagle, Joker, Steve Miller Band – enough said
  • Big Gigantic and Friends dropping 2011 jams
  • Griz and the Werks Staying Alive #BEEGEEGAMESTRONG
  • Fiddler troupe playing an intimate Friday sunrise
  • Main Squeeze!!!!
  • Classical Snipet played at Twiddle

In celebrating its 15th year since inception, Summer Camp Music Festival laid it down this past Memorial Weekend. The festival weather gods shined upon patrons as we raged another year in Chillicothe, IL. Summer Camp is one of those “best kept secrets” of the mid-west. This can be attributed to its intimate size, loyal attendees and killer line-ups year after year. Summer Camp truly has perfected its secret sauce of festival formulas.
Summer Camp’s unique, collaborative force, otherwise know as it’s lineup, hits a wide range of genres. Founder, Ian Goldberg, mentioned that Jane’s Addiction was the reason he began Summer Camp. He has built a festival that hits an eclectic target market, and carries the spirit of a friendly flash mob. Summer Camp is like a spectrum of jam, funk, electronic, blue grass, rock and more all working together to give you one technicolor performance. The quality of this years’ lineup was nothing short of amazing, but I’m always astonished how this festival brings together the right people at the right time. There were attendees from New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado and Arizona – just to name a few.
2scampThere were so many moments but here are some that need a special mention.
Here Come The Mummies – HOLY MOLY! They were fun, quirky and downright funk-tastic. They kept their brassy roots intertwined with a carnival and beats antique-esque inspired flair. They laid down their horns and sax which concluded one sassy and unexpected performance.
Eoto, 100% IMPROVISED, never ceases to amaze their fans. They know just how to work the kinks out and once you embrace the weird, they take your senses on an ear-gasmic journey. Their custom Summer Camp playlist was wild and left the crowd wanting more. I’M officially IN LOVE WITH EOTO.
Shout out to our favorite festival vendor – Peace Love Tacos. They are regulars to the festival circuit, and were a complete sell out at SCAMP. Their taco creations are not only nutritious, but a scrumptious must-have. My personal favorite is the Thunder taco with shredded pork. The staff has a notorious reputation for being generous, hardworking and silly. Only good vibes emitting from this tribe!
The Main Squeeze came in strong with their funky tunes and a well orchestrated jam session. They really elevated the crowd’s energy.
Last but not least, being gifted a Summer Camp Compass was the icing on a perfect weekend. Summer Camp 2015 filled me up in the strangest of ways.
The entire weekend was silly but exactly what was needed to kick off Summer 2015. I’m blessed and grateful to have spent the past four Memorial Day weekends with so many lovely scampers. I’m blissed out by all of the positive feedback I’ve been reading. Until next year – carry on and spread the love you’ve received in Three Sisters Park.

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Riot Fest Lineup Announced

Riot Fest artists and bands announced Wednesday to appear at the 11th annual Riot Fest and Carnival on Sept. 11-13 in Douglas Park.
No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid, L7, Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, The Academy Is…, The Lawrence Arms and many more!! In addition to the first wave of bands, several artists have confirmed that they’ll be performing their seminal albums for this year’s rendition: Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Ice Cube & Guests (Straight Outta Compton Remix), Rancid (… And Out Come The Wolves), The Academy Is… (Almost Here), The Dwarves (Blood Guts and Pussy)
We return to Chicago on September 11, 12 & 13 at Douglas Park with with a miniature golf course, a video arcade hall, dozens upon dozens of unique and diverse food and performances from Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue and The Rock-afire Explosion, the greatest animatronic rock band of all time!
Multiple headliners, more bands, and more headliner album plays to be announced on June 16th!
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5 Acts We're Most Excited for at Lightning in a Bottle

Wu Wei

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Saturday – Thunder Stage – 12:30-2:00pm

Wu Wei strives to combine the soul reaching sounds of ambient IDM together with the earthy bass of futuristic world hip-hop. He adds in a mix of orchestral instruments with the liberating sounds of nature to bring his music home and to keep in synch with the soul of the world.




Friday – Lightning Stage – 3:30-5:30pm

His spot-on song selections, special remixes and original productions have made for unforgettable live sets that seamlessly span every genre and eschew the latest trends in favor of timeless melodies that will leave a ginormous smile plastered across your face.



Sunday – Thunder Stage – 8:00-9:30pm

SNBRN is an eclectic mix of indie dance/deep/nu disco to create the perfect soundtrack for the warm setting California sun.  While brining similar vibes as other tropical house artists, he is in a class all his own; sunset house.



Saturday – Lightning Stage – 9:15-10:45pm

Born from the simplicity of emotive choruses and lush electronic ornaments, Goldroom has transformed into a fascinating tale of modern music culture; a nostalgic romance of tropical textures and soulful rhythms. 



Friday – The Woogie Stage – 7:45-9:45pm

Bakermat brings a signature sound of deep house with jazz and soul influences.  His sets are filled with joy and happiness, and are always melodic with saxophones, flutes, and trumpets used frequently.

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React Presents is thrilled to welcome ZHU to Mamby on the Beach for his debut Midwest performance. After conquering the internet with his Grammy-nominated breakout single “Faded,” the shadow-dwelling phenomenon prepares to take over the real world with his enigmatic live performances.
Until recently, the mysterious producer has remained under the radar despite his rise in popularity. Just last year marked his live debut in Australia, and since then he’s only performed a few rare shows in New York and Los Angeles. For his next move, the “music is faceless” artist has his sights set on Europe for a brief summer tour, along with one announced stateside appearance at Mamby on the Beach. Stay tuned for additional details on ZHU’s upcoming performance, and Mamby’s single day lineup announcement next week on Tuesday, May 19th.

Weekend Passes to the festival are on sale now at!
About Mamby:
Mamby on the Beach, a lakeside festival reincarnated from a weekly Chicago party in the mid-2000s that celebrated a unified energy, stemming from the city it was born with artists like Green Velvet/Cajmere, Derrick Carter, and many more. In 2015, React Presents breathes new life into this energy, combined with the unmatched summer time vibes of Chicago, to host the new annual two-day festival, Mamby on the Beach.
The goal of Mamby is to reflect the unparalleled experience of Chicago in the summer and preserve the history of Chicago as the home of house music. Mamby curates established and rising live performances from artists in the indie-dance music world to best represent the summertime vibes of Chicago. Mamby focuses on legendary artists who are still pushing boundaries and representing Chicago’s own house music. Emerging artists from house and techno recognize the influence Chicago has had on their music, and Mamby takes pride in shining a light on these artists for years to come.
Mamby On The Beach
July 11 & 12, 2015
Oakwood Beach
4100 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
18+ | 1 PM

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DayTrip Music Festival Announces Headliners

DayTrip Music Festival announced that EDM superstars Alvin Risk, Midnight Conspiracy, Buku, Party Thieves, Louis The Child, Milk N Cookies, Dani Deahl, and DJ Rye are headlining the first year festival.
Fueled by Electronic Dance Music powerhouses, The EDM Network, Your EDM and Untz, the DayTrip Music Festival is pulling out all the stops with this surprisingly star-studded lineup. Alvin Risk heads the bill. He has most notably collaborated with Prodigy, Kaskade, and Skrillex. Chicago legends Midnight Conspiracy are representing the midwest along with Milk N Cookies and Louis The Child. Buku, Party Thieves, and DJ Rye are bringing some serious East Coast and international flair.

On May 31st, DayTrip is also making history by hosting the first all women lineup in electronic music festival history. Led by Dani Deahl, Zaena, and Fortune, DayTrip plans not just to feature, but also to celebrate the massive strides women are making in the electronic music scene.
“We wanted DayTrip to be a completely different festival experience where electronic fans can be connected to the culture like never before,” said by Jason Sizer, President of Maek and Founder of the DayTrip Music Festival. “I am proud of what our team has done. Foam, paint, and snow all in the same day. It’s going to be insane.”
One-day tickets are a universal cost of $25, and four-day passes are only $75. The price of admission covers all festival experiences, such as the paint, foam, and snow activations during each day.
Use coupon code CHIMUSICFESTIVALS for 20% off at checkout. Buy tickets now by clicking here.
About DayTrip Music Festival
DayTrip Music Festival leads fans on a journey of breathtaking atmospheres and unforgettable emotion. Instead of recycling the same headline acts, DayTrip spotlights 100 of the freshest faces in electronic music. Constructed to be the ultimate festival experience, DayTrip combines three of the wildest parties into one event: an outdoor paint party, a foam party, and a snow party. Additionally, the festival features a 700 square foot ball pit, a paintable car, and a skate park. DayTrip Music Festival begins on Sunday, May 24 and spans the following four Sundays (May 31st, June 7th and June 14th).
DayTrip Music Festival Lineup
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North Coast Music Festival Surprise Headliner Announced & Teaser Video Released

North Coast Music Festival is thrilled to announce WIDESPREAD PANIC as the surprise headliner for this year’s festival! The legendary Southern rock jam band has remained in Pollstar’s Top 50 Tours of the Year for the past decade, and continues to be one of the most relevant touring entities on the live music scene after almost 30 years. 2015 marks a special year for the band as they announced the release of their first studio album in five years. This spring WP embarks on a highly anticipated nationwide tour in celebration of their first studio release since Dirty Side Down in 2010.

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"Orcas" New Album by Lulacruza

Electronic folk duo, Lulacruza, composed of Alejandra Ortiz and Luis Maurette, releases their fourth full-length LP titled “Orcas” rightfully named after the beautiful Orcas Island where they recorded the album.  Orcas is not like anything you have heard before.  Inspired by the nature and wild life around them Lulacruza sets out to tell a story which embodies South American ritual and folklore.  The lyrics are inspired by both sublime love and the calmest, darkest hour before sunrise, as well as ancient forces like the feeling of reuniting with what feels like a twin soul from a past life.

Orcas  is Lulacruza’s most intimate body of work to date and also their most acoustic.  By using instruments native to South America like the 4-string cautro and bombo, along with modern day electronics, Lulacruza was able to blur the lines between reality and fiction.  On tracks such as “Comandante, (Commander)” Ortiz’s vocals float through the song like a soft blowing Colombian breeze.  Lulacruza is a combination of Ortiz’s pen name “Lula” and the Spanish word “cruza,” which translates to “combine,” which is exactly what Orcas accomplishes; a perfect combination of ancestral music with modern technology.


“We wanted to keep the intimacy of acoustic folk music and combine it with the physical experience of big deep bass lines that can only be achieved with electronic processing,” explains Maurette. The experience of the album changes with the setting at which it’s listened to.  Small speakers yield a more intimate feel, where as a large system will give a more deep, hypnotic feel.

Orcas was recorded, mixed and mastered by sound engineer Vance Galloway, noted for this work with Nicolas Jarr.  Available through The Polish Ambassador’s boutique label JUMPSUIT RECORDS and Fertil Discos as a name-your-own-price download.  The album is also available for purchase through MUSIC.LULACRUZA.COM, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

 Come, take the journey and listen to Lulacruza’s new album ‘Orcas’ below


01. Callar, Llorar, Gritar (Shut up, Weep, Shout Out)
02. Comandante (Commander)
03. El Agua Abarca (Sandal Water)
04. Estrella del Alba (Alba’s Star)
05. Lagunita (Hollow Pond)
06. Señor de Fuego (Lord of Fire)
07. Subterraneo y Estelar (Underground and Stellar)
08. Uno Resuena (One Resonates)


Chicago Music Festivals Interview With Ookay

Chicago Music Festivals got a chance to sit down with trap music producer Ookay. Throughout Miami Music Week, the hotly-tipped DJ showed off his mixing prowess during a surprise b2b set alongside Steve Aoki and Carnage at Dim Mak’s Nikki Beach party, then made his debut Ultra Music Festival appearance with a packed-out closing set on Saturday night. Ookay then unleashed his progressive house anthem “Echo” alongside Scott Sinjin which was premiered on Dancing Astronaut.

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Summer Camp Packing List

Summer Camp
Greetings SCAMPERS! Can you believe Summer Camp is less than 2 weeks away?
We’re eagerly looking forward to jamming with everyone at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Weekend!
As you know, Summer Camp is not your typical festy line-up. You have names like Umphrey’s McGeee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Big Gigantic, Violent Femmes, A-Trak and Griz. This festival covers a wide-range yet vibrant spectrum of musical talent that surely won’t disappoint!
As we begin preparation for our favorite Chicago-land festy – a few things come to mind: Our Summer Camp playlist and packing list! Even if you’re a pro at festy packing, there are a few pertinent items that are simply must-haves at SCAMP.
Bandana – the dust that kicks up on the festival grounds is a killer!
Ear plugs – music goes until at least 4AM, so if you’re trying to catch some early zzz’s I highly suggest these.
Rain Poncho –the weather in Chillicothe is very unpredictable. Clothes for all weather conditions is recommended
Extra pair of socks – this festival in particular can get quite dirty because of the dusty  grounds. If you’re OCD about your tent and sleeping bag (like me), I suggest slipping on a clean pair of socks before jumping in bed.
Wagon – you have to haul your camping gear inside the festival, a wagon for $40 on Ebay will definitely be a life-savor and get you new fest friends!
Additional SCAMP must-haves:

  • clothes for all weather conditions – hoodie, shorts, jacket, sunglasses
  • LOTS of water – water-bottle or camel back
  • ice
  • sunglasses
  • rain boots and sandals
  • cooler w/ wheels
  • extra chairs for visitors and friends
  • disposable camera
  • melatonin (my personal favorite)
  • wrist watch – cellphones die
  • propane grill (you can snag one of these for $25 at Wal Mart)
  • goodies to share (cookies, watermelon, pancakes, etc.)
  • baby wipes
  • tapestry
  • flashlight
  • sleeping bag, pillow, tent
  • bug spray
  • toilet paper

Don’t forget to check-out the complete schedule here:

Stay tuned for our 2015 Summer Camp Music Playlist!


Photo Credit: Marie Steele and Stephanie Bacos

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FLASHBACK FESTY: Party For The People

Hello Festy Friends!
Can you believe it’s been a month since the start of our festival season? Where has the time gone!
Celebrating their 12th year since their inception in 2004, McDowell Mountain Music Festival took place in Hance Park In downtown Phoenix, Arizona this March 27th – 29th.
The stellar line-up this year included acts like Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Widespread Panic, Break Science, The Revivalists, Trombone Shorty, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and more! Two stages combined with a plethora of organic food vendors, and thousands of music-loving festival goers laid roots for truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is the only 100% non-profit music festival in Arizona. Dedicated to promoting community involvement, corporate participation and charity – McDowell Mountain Music Festival truly takes pride in supporting, entertaining and educating the community, the arts and families. All of its proceeds benefit two local, family-based, non-profits: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center.
And for all you true festy heads, we have a tasty CMF exclusive treat!! We were able to catch up with festival organizer, Nate Largay, and got a snippet of the festival origins and music industry advice!
1. What’s the story behind MMMF, how did it start?
The festival started out as an effort for a company to say thank you to the community. If you are unaware, the owner of a construction company called Wespac Construction started the festival. The community of Arizona has been so great over the years with a strong market and healthy job growth that they decided it would be a good idea to start a charity campaign in order to contribute back to society. That contribution took the form of donating proceeds from the music festival. It really started out of the love of music and charity.
3. Can you elaborate on the diversity in this festival line-up?
We started off with strong jam roots. For years we really only played  jam, but jam has so many sub-genres that it really made sense for us to expand genres. We started booking indie, Americana, jazz, blues, hip-hop, bluegrass, and electronic acts that all had associations or roots in jam. So once we started booking these acts we decided to give Phoenix a flavor of tons of different music based on different days. That’s why you can see our Friday lineup is entirely different from Sunday. There’s a sense of fluidity to the three days, but that’s why the genres differ day to day.
3. Who is the founder of this non-profit music festival?
The founder is John Largay, also the founder of Wespac Construction
4. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in regards to making the festival happen?
One of the biggest obstacles was having to survive through a tough economy. If you notice we started in 2004, and between then and now were some of the worst years the American economy has ever seen. We had to downscale to a very small festival until the economy picked back up, which is why you’ll notice we’ve been in full swing the past 3 years.
5. Any advice you’d give someone planning a festival or event?
Some advice would be perseverance. Consistency through a strong product is one of the most challenging aspects of businesses in the world. You’ll notice festivals will shift their product to feed the ever-changing platform of popular demand. Businesses won’t survive if they don’t adapt to a changing world. With that being said, we love to feed the popular demand as you can see with bands like Phantogram and Passion Pit, but we will always respect and feed the demand for classic jam.
6. Where do you see the festival heading in the next few years?
I think the festival will grow. We’ve had talks about expanding to have 3 stages instead of two. We have a great local scene in Phoenix and AZ as a whole, so we love to honor that with having a local stage as we have done for the last 12 years. I think you will see us expand to 2 national stages and 1 local stage, which will grant us the opportunity to bring a lot more music to Phoenix than what people have seen.