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Jam Central Station 4.26.14: Summer Camp Music Festival Preview
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 04.26.2014


Since 2001, Summer Camp has been one of the most exciting jam-band festivals in the country. Originally hosts moe. have played a huge part in the event since it's inception and have played every event. Umphrey's McGee jumped on board a few years later, and they've been a multi-set staple at the festival for many years. Beyond that Summer Camp is known for an amazing atmosphere of family-friendly people, a beautiful location, exciting late-night opportunities in the red barn, and only occasional massive weather issues. 2014 looks to be no exception, with a huge lineup on tap that is sure to create a weekend to remember.


Umphrey's McGee and moe. are the annual Summer Camp headliners. Each band typically plays 5 sets over 3 nights during the weekend, giving casual fans ample opportunity to catch each and hardcore fans enough of their favorite band to last quite a while. Umphrey's McGee will also be playing a late-night "Red Barn" set on Sunday night, so Umphrey's weekend is going to be especially jam-packed. On top of these two stellar jam bands at the top of their game, fans are in for a special treat with both the Zac Brown Band and the Trey Anastasio Band playing 2 sets at the festival, and Bassnectar will be leading the electronic music delegation. Zac Brown Band is the leading country/jam crossover, with dedicated fans from both genres, while TAB is a go-to favorite for Phish fans when Phish isn't touring. Plus Trey has been sitting in with various artists at festivals recently (Furthur at Lockin' last year and the Allman Brothers at Wannee this year), so who knows if we'll see some extra Trey. Bassnectar always brings a party at his shows, and Summer Camp has a significant EDM component this year that will draw his fans.

The Top Tier
Beyond those acts, the top tier is very stacked. Primus brings the 90's alt-rock, Sligthly Stoopid has been around forever, and Girl Talk will bring a dance party. Yonder Mountain String Band will lead a pretty stacked bluegrass contingent at the festival, and Lotus and EOTO will be another impressive pair of EDM acts. Blues Traveler, Matisyahu, G. Love & Special Sauce, Lettuce, Beats Antique, and Keller Williams & More Than A Little all deserve recognition as well.

The Rest
After the top names there really is something for everyone. Zac Brown Band fans will enjoy bands like Blackberry Smoke, and there will be some amazing bluegrass from bands like Greensky Bluegrass and The Devil Makes Three. The Wood Brothers have a great acoustic Americana feel. Break Science, Dopapod, The Werks, and Cosby Sweater each bring a segment of the live jamtronic sound. Other highlights include The Motet, Bill Evan's Soulgrass, Nahko & Medicine For The People, The Floozies, Floodwood, John Wayne & The Pain, The Ragbirds, Pimps of Joytime, Turkuaz, Twiddle, and many others. With multiple stages playing music all day, there's enough stage time to bring in plenty of great bands.

Everything Else

Summer Camp certainly focuses on the music, but there are some other fun things going on. There are acoustic performances and workshops in the Soulshine tent. There's also the annual Field Day competition where teams compete against each other in kickball, tug of war, and other fun and silly games. Some of these teams have been together for years, so it's always a tough competition. Beyond that there will be greening initiatives, the "RelaxSonic" portal, daily yoga, hooping courses, live art, and glass blowing demonstrations. So come for the music, but don't ignore the other stuff!

May 23-25, with a pre-party on Thursday the 22nd.

Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL.

So many good reasons to go to this festival. The lineup is spectacular, obviously. Even if you don't like either Umphrey's or moe. there are dozens of other bands in various genres to suit any taste. The event has always had a very family feel to it, probably in no small part due to the fact that it's a "haul your stuff in" event, not a car camping festival. Folks get the same spot year after year and are able to camp in big groups with no problem. The grounds are relatively small for a festival of this size, meaning you can get between stages for shows without much trouble.

For me, I'm going for the lineup and for the people. I had a great time covering the event in 2012, and, if it weren't for family conflicts, I probably would've covered Summer Camp in 2011 and 2013 as well. I'm sure that there will be conflicts, but I'm hoping to cover multiple sets of Umphrey's McGee as well as Trey Anastasio Band, Primus, Girl Talk, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Keller Williams, Matisyahu, Lettuce, Everyone Orchestra, Beats Antique, The Devil Makes Three, Greensky Bluegrass, The Wood Brothers, Break Science, Dopapod, Nahko & Medicine for The People, The Ragbirds, and probably a half-dozen other bands. Looks like a good four days to me.

Jeff Austin leaving Yonder Mountain String Band
In a joint statement Jeff Austin and the rest of Yonder Mountain String Band annoucned that Austin will be leaving the band. Austin has been focusing on a solo career and will move forward exclusively there. The rest of the band will honor their 2014 commitments with a variety of guests before putting together a permanent lineup in 2015.

Boyd Tinsley reveals arthritis issue
Boyd Tinsley announced this week that he has been dealing with arthritis in his hand recently. There have been concerns about Boyd due to recent performances, particularly the fact that he has dropped his bow at shows recently. Tinsley stated that the arthritis is being treated and he expects to be fine.

Umphrey's McGee adds dates
Umphrey's Mcgee added additional summer dates this week. The band will be on tour supporting their upcoming release through at least early September.

May 3 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre (UM Bowl)
May 4 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl (Album Release Party)
May 23-25 Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp
June 5 Hunter, NY—Mountain Jam
June 7-8 Ozark, AR—Wakarusa
June 12-15 Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo
July 19 London, UK—Brooklyn Bowl London
June 20 London, UK—Brooklyn Bowl London
June 21 London, UK—Brooklyn Bowl London
June 28 Dayton, OH—Fraze Pavilion
June 29 Milwaukee, WI—Summerfest
July 3 Papillion, NE—Sumtur Amphitheater
July 4 Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre
July 5 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks
July 24 Des Moines, IA—Simon Estes Amphitheater
July 25 Highland Park, IL—Ravinia Festival
July 26 Indianapolis, IN—Farm Bureau Live
July 27 Charleston, WV—Mountain Stage (Venue TBA)
July 31 Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore
August 1 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
August 2 Bridgeport, CT—Gathering of the Vibes
August 7 Burlington, VT—Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
August 8 Hampton Beach, NH—Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
August 9 Upper Darby, PA—The Tower Theater
August 10 Asbury Park, NJ—The Stone Pony
August 14 Louisville, KY—Iroquois Amphitheater
August 15 St. Louis, MO—Fabulous Fox Theatre
August 16 Kansas City, MO—CrossroadsKC
August 29 Athens, GA—Classic Center
August 30 Lake Buena Vista, FL—House of Blues Orlando
August 31 St. Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live
September 4-7 Arrington, VA—Lockn Festival
November 13-16 Live Oak, FL—Bear Creek

Counter.Point Festival
April 25-27, 2014
Kingston Downs, GA
Performers include: Outkast, Pretty Lights, STS9, Foster the People, Krewella, Big gigantic, Thievery Corp., Griz, Shpongle, Moon Taxi, and many others

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 25-27 and May 1-4, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Phish, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, String cheese Incident, John Fogerty, Galactic, Avett Brothers, and many others.

Hangout Music Festival
May 16-18
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Killers,Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, STS9, The Flaming lips, Modest Mouse, Zedd, and many others.

May 22-25, 2014
Cumberland, MD
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skags & Bruce hornsby, Yonder Mountain String band, Railroad earth, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Zac Brown Band, Lotus, EOTO, The Devil Makes Three, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Dark Star Jubilee
May 23-25, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Galactic, Keller Williams & More Than A Little, Anders Osborne, The Werks, The Wailers performing Legend, and many others

The Ville
May 23-25, 2014
Clay's Park Resort
Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of ekoostik hookah, Flether's grove, Tropidelic, Blue Moon Soup, and many others.

Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 23-25, 2014
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, MIA, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Neko Case, Violent Femmes, and many others.

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lettuce, Dr. Dog, Papadosio, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 5-8, 2014
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & RatDog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey's McGee, Pretty Lights, and many others

Governor's Ball
June 6-8, 2014
Governor's Island
New York, NY
Performers include: Outkast, jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Skrillex, Interpol, and many others.

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Zedd, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others

Snowmass Mammoth Festival
June 13-15, 2014
Snowmass Village, CO
Performers include: LEftover Salmon, chris Robinson Brotherhood, Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, The Motet, Bonerama, and many others

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Telluride, CO
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Colorado Symphony, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Dover, DE
Performers include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Weezer, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, and many others.

Electric Forest
June 26-29, 2014
The Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (2 nights), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, EOTO, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Rising Apalachia, Zedd, and many others.

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Widespread Panic, STS9, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and many more to be announced

July 17-20, 2014
Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park
Terra Alta, WV
Performers include: Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, vibesquad, Janover 7 Resunator, Cosby Sweater, Aliver Hall, Broccoli Samurai, and many others.

Northwest String Summit
July 17-21, 2014
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others

July 18-20, 2014
Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY
Performers include: Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Nickel Creek, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gary Clark Jr., Trampled by Turtles, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many others

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

Gratifly Festival
July 24-27
Westminster, SC
Performers include: Papadosio, Opilio, Gratifly Symphony, Earphunk, Earthcry, The Human Experience, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and many others.

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT
Performers include: Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe., Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Ziggy Marley, Dumpstaphunk, and many others.

August 1-3, 2014
Grant Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, White Denim, Broken Bells, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Forster the People, The Head & The Heart, Trombone Shorty, Chromeo, and many others.

Werk Out Festival
August 7-9, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: The Werks (3 nights), Papadosio (2 nights), Emancipator, Future Rock Zoogma, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, and many others.

Outside Lands
August 8-10, 2014
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
Performers include: Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chromeo, John butler Trio, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and many others

Arise Music Festival
August 8-10, 2014
Sunrise Ranch
Loveland, CO
Performers include: Galactic, Grateful Grass, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and many others

Peach Music Festival
August 14-17, 2014
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band (2 nights), Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, Dopapod, The Infamous Stringdusters, papadosio, and others.

August 15-17, 2014
Wellston, MI
Performers include: Greensky Bluegrass, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, and many others.

Camp Barefoot
August 21-23, 2014
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce, Kyle Hollingsworth Band performing a tribute to Motown, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, and many others.

August 29-31, 2014
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY
Performers include: moe. (3 headlining nights), Lotus, O.A.R. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Soulive, Twiddle, Aqueous, and others.

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Wilco, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and many others.

Phases of the Moon Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Kennekuk County Park, IL
Performers include: Widespread Panic (2 nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Grand Point North Festival
September 13-14, 2014
Waterfront Park
Burlington, VT
Performers include: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (headlining both nights), Lake Street Dive, Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, Caroline Rose, and many others.

Harvest Music Festival
October 16-18, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival
November 13-16, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Break Science, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Turkuaz, The Main Squeez, Tauk, and many others

Strings & Sol
December 11-15, 2014
Puerto Morales, Mexico
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Greensky Bluegrass

Jam Cruise
January 6-11, 2015
Departs from Miami, FL

Island Exodus
January 14-18, 2015
Grand Lido Negril
Negril, Jamaica
Gov't Mule will host the event

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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