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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.

Chicago Music Festivals Summer Camp Photo Album