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Summer Camp Music Festival – Double Visions

Summer Camp Music Festival never seizes to pass without shredding light onto my state of mind. Throughout my years of attending this festival it has yet to forget to teach me a lesson of acceptance whilst allowing myself to live within the moment. There are voices in these forests whom can show you the magic of life. The sacred geometry of how we move with nature and how nature weaves subtly within the symmetry of fractals. The music chosen for this festival is all calculated to ignite a feeling of blissfulness. Wisdom passed on through sound vibrations like piezoelectric quartz crystals humming from our crown chakras down through the sacrum. It goes unstated; but Summer Camp Music Festival has inevitably moved towards the alignment of chakras, the true feelings of self-acceptance and the belonging of community.
Each year the festival loads in some of the most talented musicians of our day. The one thing I have always respected is the diversity of music. They have jam bands such as Umphrey’s, Moe, and Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band. As well as DJs like Diplo, Mija, Liquid Stranger. They also offer intimate stages allowing singer and songwriters to express themselves.

We arrived Friday and began our journey at Lettuce. The music immediately elevated our moods and I could tell the band was more than grateful to be performing. Their sound was chill funk which integrated soulful funk vocals. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. Its members consist of guitarists Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Nigel Hall (keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, vocals), Adam Deitch (drums/percussion), Erick “Jesus” Coomes (bass), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom In the fall of 1994, the band reconvened as undergrads at Berklee and attempted to play at various Boston jazz clubs, walking in and asking the club owners and other musicians if they would “let us play”, giving birth to the name Lettuce. The members are very down to earth and do not overdress for the effect of flashiness instead they are humble and easily relatable. Their sound is reminiscent of summer days cooling out with friends and drinking beers with the boys. The crowd was light hearted and easy to move around and snap pictures of.

Coomes announced from stage there was a double rainbow. I don’t understand how we were so oblivious because as we turned around we realized how gigantic it was. The rainbow(s) stretched the entire sky framing us under like some sort of 1950’s cartoon. Festival goers were ecstatic to get their photo with such a perfect rainbow. It was such an exciting start to our weekend. a picturesque scene which I have never come across in the city before.

We unexpectedly ran into the man who made this all possible; Jay Goldberg. Amazingly we locked eyes after he spotted our hat which read Chicago Music Festivals. Jerry and I approached him. He wasn’t too far off from what I imagined; though I do have to say he was a lot more approachable than what I thought. I was finally able to put a personality to this imaginary person I have been building. He gladly conversed with us and we congratulated him on another successful year. He said he has been doing the festival for 18 years. I asked him what his thoughts were on how music has evolved from what he grew up with as a child to what is now primarily electronic music. He replied without hesitance saying how he is amazed that musicians continue to make amazing music to this day and continue to create timeless songs. I was very inspired by his answer and pondered over it the whole weekend. His acceptance for change and youth was admirable. He never stopped smiling and could almost see a glow coming from him. It was obvious he loved being part of this creation and felt very blessed to be able have this part of his life.
Later that night we headed towards the Pyramid stage. It was created out of white hexagon shaped wood allowing for projection mapping to cast. GoodSex was on representing some Chicago talent. We sat under the shelter of trees. We stared out into the moon so closely to phase into full moon. The highlights of the grass and the sky began to transform shapes as my eyes fixated onto the sacred geometry. The flower of life was so clearly seen that I couldn’t believe it was so obvious why I couldn’t see it before. At that moment I realized how perfectly symmetrically aligned was, seemed like the random order of our world is. I closed my eyes and saw fractals begin to dance whilst being embraced by its care. I was shown emotion in the past but felt cleared. I was living my life through my heart and allowing myself.

Saturday morning, we woke up in the humidity of our tent. This year we were lucky enough to get into the forest through I have to say it might have been the hottest year I have ever been here.
Papadosio encompassed the feeling of festival music and so called “space rock.” Beach balls and balloons floated I. The air while totem poles with memo stuffed animals swam through the air. Everything floated and flowed softly like feathers. A robotic voice sang “changes everything” calming the thoughts of their fans allowing them to transcend into the next chapters of their lives knowing that change is alright, and everything changes with time. It was the graceful aging and the decisions of our lives knowing what in our hearts in good for us and liberating ourselves from the paths of what our parents may have projected onto us. Deafening our ears to judgement and to be guided now with our hearts. They were the voice of a strange lullaby easing us into our most vibrant dreams.

LWKY had their first taste of Summer Camp life this year performing at the pyramid stage. The stage was beautifully lit in projection mapping. Their sound was fused with Chicago hip hop and funk whilst including live guitar. They announced their last song while the crowd pleaded to continue. They have a fresh twist on the funk scene creating a path of their own and highly influenced by the Chicago underground electronic scene as well.
We decided to pick up the speed later and headed towards the vibe tent. The vibe tent housed many exciting electronic acts with high energy drawing in large crowds with young fashion combats boots and fishnet stocking. Hula hoopers cut the air like ninjas swords finding their flow amongst the raw alien engine whomps and rapid high hats. The scene was a rush of adrenaline and headbanger banging on the rails. Subs engulfed our heart cavities and shook us like earthquakes. The crowd screams with the waves of the music like junkies addicted to its rush. Each time we arrived here there was a swell of fans who
On Sunday we caught an act that we highly anticipated all weekend. Tycho’s music was a calm night on the beach. Where the breeze was light, and the sun was just about to set. They were the colors pink and orange in the skies that reflected of soft waves of the ocean. They calmed our minds and courageously played the music that was detached from ego. His music is a combination of down tempo vintage-style synthesizers and ambient melodies. His sound is very organic, often incorporating clips of the human element into his songs (e.g. weather broadcasts, simple talking, or breathing). His music captures the sound of lo-fi analog media while remaining both progressive and futuristic in composition and style. Themes of nostalgia, longing, childhood and the natural world are interspersed throughout Tycho’s work.

Diplo took the main stage on Sunday. I made my way through the crowd and finding myself front and center. The transitions were smooth infiltrating our ears and converting into high energy dance movements. People all around us and you felt a part of something. Felt like we were all one in and allowing our walls and comfort bubbles to implode. Bringing ourselves close to strangers whom after the intimacy of closely packed dance we became lifelong friends. A moment that now became flashes of memory in the back of my head smiles of strangers exuberant with dance and cheers.

It is nearly impossible to explain the magnitude of musical talent which played Summer Camp Music Festival. Each stage possessed its own vibe from the intimate singer songwriters to purely electronic stage of the vibe tent to main stage housing large acts and full bands like Umphrey’s. I have always been impressed with the variety this festival has and the generations that can enjoy the fest. This festival is great to find new music because the variety of scenes is unparalleled. The highly thought out ground plans makes for smooth transitions from stage to stage. And the characterization keeps the festival lay out is easy to remember and easy for transportation. People aren’t hassled once in the festival and this I learned was deliberately made true from the owner who has witnessed many other festivals hassling their guests upon entering each stage. I appreciated his thoughtfulness to keep the festival environment more enjoyable. The music combined with the charities and other activities create a sense of community amongst scampers. All in all, Summer Camp Music Festival has earned their stripes and will continue to be sought out amongst artists and music lovers of all generations.


Chicago Summer Festival Guide 2018


June 13-Aug. 18: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map
June 14 (ongoing through Aug. 30): Summer Concert Series (Lincoln Square) | Map
June 14-17: Fiestas Patronales Puertorriquenas (Humboldt Park) | Map
June 15-16: The Scottish Festival & Highland Games (Itasca) | Map
June 15-16: Craft Brews at the Zoo (Lincoln Park) | Map
June 15-17: Taste of Randolph Street (West Town) | Map
June 15-17: Oakley Ave. Festa Pasta Vino (Lower West Side) | Map
June 16-17: Chicago Pride Fest (Lakeview) | Map
June 16-17: Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park (Loop) | Map
June 16-17: Old Canal Days Craft and Art Fair (Lockport) | Map
June 16-17: Custer Fair (Evanston) | Map
• June 14-17: More weekend events and things to do
June 18-Aug. 16: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map
June 21: Make Music Chicago | Various locations
June 22-23: World’s Largest Block Party (West Loop Gate) | Map
June 22-24: Country Lake Shake (Museum Campus)| Map
June 22-24: Logan Square Arts Festival | Map
June 22-24: Ruidofest (University Village) | Map
June 22-24: Strawberry Festival (Long Grove) | Map
June 22-24: Back Lot Bash | Various locations
June 23: Craft Beer Festival (Lisle) | Map
June 23-24: Mamby on the Beach (Oakland) | Map
June 23-24: Ravenswood on Tap | Map
June 23-24: The Art Center Highland Park Festival of Fine Arts | Map
June 23-24: Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest | Map
June 23-24: Chicago Food Truck Fest (South Loop) | Map
June 23-24: Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo (Bridgeview) | Map
June 23-24: Chicago Japanese Matsuri (Near North Side) | Map
June 24: Chicago Pride Parade (Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park) | Map
June 28-Aug. 25: Chicago Summer Dance | Various locations
June 29-July 1: Windy City Ribfest (Uptown) | Map
June 29-July 1: Eyes to the Skies (Lisle) | Map
June 29-July 4: Frontier Days Festival (Arlington Heights) | Map
June 30: Chicago Vegandale Food and Drink Fest (Loop) | Map
June 30-July 1: Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival (Glencoe) | Map


July 4-7: Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest | Map
July 6-8: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (West Town)| Map
July 6-8: Millennium Art Festival (Loop) | Map
July 6-8: West Fest (Ukrainian Village)| Map
July 6-8: Irish American Heritage Festival (Mayfair) | Map
July 7: Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Music Festival (Woodlawn) | Map
July 7-8: Live on Lincoln (Lakeview) | Map
July 11-15: Taste of Chicago (Loop) | Map
July 13-15: Windy City Smokeout (Fulton River District) | Map
July 13-15: Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Square) | Map
July 14: Bastille Day Chicago (Ravenswood) | Map
July 14-15: Southport Art & Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map
July 14-15: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map
July 15: Dearborn Garden Walk (Gold Coast) | Map
July 15: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map
July 18-22: Kane County Fair (St. Charles) | Map
July 20-22: Pitchfork Music Festival (West Town) | Map
July 20-22: Colombian Fest  (Hermosa) | Map
July 20-22: Taste of River North | Map
July 20-22: Artfest Michigan Avenue (Near North Side) | Map
July 20-22: Forest Park Music Fest | Map
July 20-22: Ben Fest (North Center) | Map
July 20-22: Tacos y Tamales Festival (Pilsen) | Map
July 21: Chicago Whiskey & Wine Beach Festival (Uptown) | Map
July 21-22: Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk (Lincoln Park) | Map
July 21-22: Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Lincoln Park) | Map
July 21-22: North Shore Festival of the Arts (Skokie) | Map
July 25-29: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map
July 25-29: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map
July 26-29: Proud American Days (New Lenox) | Map
July 26-29: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen) | Map
July 27-29: Wicker Park Fest | Map
July 28-29: Chicago Margarita Festival (Near North Side) | Map
July 28-29: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map
July 28-29: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map
July 28: South Loop Beer & Cider Fest | Map
July 29: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map


Aug. 2-5: Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map
Aug. 2-5: Little Italy Fest-West (Addison) | Map
Aug. 3-5: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map
Aug. 3-5: Destination Asia Festival (Lisle) | Map
Aug. 4: Rogers Pork Barbecue, Arts & Music Festival | Map
Aug. 4-5: Edge Fest (Edgewater) | Map
Aug. 4-5: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map
Aug. 4-5: Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | Map
Aug. 10-12: Chicago Hot Dog Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map
Aug. 10-12: Ginza Holiday Festival (Lincoln Park) | Map
Aug. 10-12: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map
Aug. 10-12: Festival Cubano (Belmont Cragin) | Map
Aug. 11: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map
Aug. 11-12: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map
Aug. 11-12: Lincolnshire Art Festival | Map
Aug. 11-12: Near North Food Truck Social | Map
Aug. 11-12: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map
Aug. 11-12: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map
Aug. 12: Slow & Low Chicago Lowrider Festival (Pilsen) | Map
Aug. 16: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map
Aug. 17-19: Edison Park Fest | Map
Aug. 17-19: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map
Aug. 17-19: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map
Aug. 18-19: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map
Aug. 18-19: Ukranian Days Festival (West Town) | Map
Aug. 18: Windy City West Indian Carnival (Hyde Park) | Map
Aug. 18: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Map
Aug. 18-19: Sangria Festival (West Town) | Map
Aug. 18-19: Pilsen Fest | Map
Aug. 18-19: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map
Aug. 19: South Shore Summer Fest | Map
Aug. 22-26: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map
Aug. 24-26: Taste of Greektown | Map
Aug. 24-26: Logan Square Food Truck Social | Map
Aug. 25-26: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map
Aug. 25-26: Bucktown Art Fest | Map
Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: NorthCoast Music Festival (West Town) | Map
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Great American Lobster Fest (Near North Side) | Map
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: African Festival of the Arts (Washington Park) | Map
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map


Sept. 1-2: Fine Art Festival at Oakbrook Center | Map
Sept. 1-2: Deer Park Art Show | Map
Sept. 1-2: Cider & Sliders Festival (Lakeview) | Map
Sept. 1-3: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map
Sept. 1-3: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map
Sept. 7: Windy City Wine Festival (Loop) | Map
Sept. 7-9: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map
Sept. 7-9: Festival de La Villita (Little Village) | Map
Sept. 7-9: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map
Sept. 8-9: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map
Sept. 7-23: World Music Festival | Various Locations
Sept. 8-9: Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival (Roscoe Village) | Map
Sept. 8-9: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map
Sept. 9:  The Birdhouse Festival  | Map
Sept. 13-15: Chicago Turkish Festival (Loop) | Map 
Sept. 14-16: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map
Sept. 14-16: Fulton Market Harvest Fest (West Town) | Map
Sept. 15: Independence Park Beer Fest (Irving Park) | Map
Sept. 15-16: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Map
Sept. 15-16: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map
Sept. 15-16: Printers’ Row Art Fest | Map
Sept. 21-23: Apple Fest (Long Grove) | Map
Sept. 22: Creative Youth Festival (Loop) | Map
Sept. 28-30: Oktoberfest Chicago (Lakeview) | Map
Sept. 28-30: Chicago Gourmet (Loop) | Map
Sept. 29-30: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map
Sept. 29-30: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map
Sept. 29-30: The Highwood Starving Artists Show | Map



June 13, 2018 — Mamby On The Beach is thrilled to announce a brand-new Community Center for 2018! The festival has expanded is footprint to showcase a collection of Chicago-based talent of all varieties, along with a non-profit village featuring organizations with missions that benefit the surrounding community.
A limited amount of GA & VIP festival passes are still available!
Secure yours now before they sell out at
Each year Mamby celebrates all things that make Chicago great and its patchwork of neighborhoods are a key element to that greatness. In Bronzeville and Hyde Park, Mamby has been welcomed by two of our city’s most culturally diverse communities and rich with music, spoken word, and performing arts. They also happen to be home to numerous socially conscious non-profits that are dedicated to affecting positive social change in our hometown and beyond.
The Community Center is a chance to recognize and elevate these causes, bring festival attendees into the surrounding community, and inspire people to get involved on a local level in their own neighborhoods.
On both Saturday and Sunday, the Community Stage will feature the best and brightest upcoming talent from Chicago, including performances from the likes of Young Chicago Authors, The Common Ground Foundation, Final Alert Dance Team, Haven Studios, The Happiness Club, Harold Washington Cultural Center, Dyett High School, Pachanga, and more.
The neighboring Non-Profit Village will host a variety of crucial social causes from in and around Chicago, including OurMusicMyBody, M.U.R.A.L. (formerly The Lupe Fiasco Foundation), Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK), LeadersUp, with many more to be announced.
Beyond performance and advocacy, The Cultural Center will host a wide selection of fun in the sun for all attendees, from a fully revamped Food Truck Stop, to the Local Craft Beer Tent, Bai Water Lounge, and even more in what is shaping up to be our best year yet!
Check out the set times via the full lineup schedule, viewable here, and stay tuned for more information on this year’s Wellness Workshops and a complete schedule of all-inclusive activities!


Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presents



August 31st & September 1st, 2018 • Peoria Riverfront • Peoria, Illinois


Buddy Guy • Ben Folds • Robert Cray Band

Billy Strings • The Fabulous Thunderbirds

And many more to be announced!


Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment in association with the Illinois Blues Coalition is proud to announce the initial lineup for the 30th Annual Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival this Labor Day Weekend! The 2018 lineup will feature PBHFest veterans Buddy Guy, Robert Cray Band, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as welcoming first time performers Ben Folds and Billy Strings. Many more artists will be announced soon!

Early Bird 2-Day GA Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 15th at 10AM CT for only $50! Supply is limited, so be ready to buy yours on Friday before they’re gone!
VIP Tickets also go on sale this Friday! Amenities include Express VIP Entry, Special VIP Enhanced Viewing Area at Main Stage, VIP Bar in Viewing Area, Entry into the Late Night shows in Peoria, and an Official Festival T-Shirt (2-Day VIP Upgrade Only)!
Don’t miss your chance to see all these amazing acts along the scenic Peoria Riverfront at the Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival 2018 presented by 99.9 WWCT!

About The Festival

Live at Riverfront Festival Park in Peoria, IL on August 31st and September 1st, 2018. Now in it’s 30th year, the PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL is a Labor Day tradition you don’t want to miss! With the beautiful Illinois River valley serving as the festival backdrop, the PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL celebrates the foundation of blues music, as well as all genres that stem from it, including roots, funk, soul and everything in between.


Previous performers include Albert Collins, Blind Boys of Alabama, Buddy Guy, Canned Heat, Charlie Musselwhite, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, George Porter Jr., Here Come The Mummies, James Cotton, John Butler Trio, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Johnny Winter Band, Keller Williams, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Koko Taylor,Lonnie Brooks, Mavis Staples, O.A.R., Rebirth Brass Band, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Taj Mahal, Victor Wooten, Walter Trout, and many more.