Preview: Summer Camp Music Festival 2012

Three Sisters Music Park
Chillicothe, IL

Words By Summer Camp Counselor Nicholas Stock

MusicMarauders will be making the trek back to Chillicothe, Illinois once again for the 12th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival. Watching this festival grow into the behemoth that it has become has truly been amazing. From it’s inaugural beginning as a two-day event with just eleven bands it has exploded into a four-day blowout with over ninety-five acts on the bill. The usual suspects like moe. and Umphrey’s McGee will be playing three full shows, but there is so much more to see that no live music fan could possibly be disappointed. Of course the big news is the inclusion of rock legends Jane’s Addiction and other sets worthy of noting include Pretty Lights, Primus, Weir, Robinson, Green Acoustic Trio and Common. With all the genres covered including jam, electronic, rock, reggae, hip-hop, bluegrass, funk and more, what’s not to love with this schedule? I would go so far as to say it is one of the top lineups of any festival this summer. The people at Summer Camp Music Festival have simply outdone themselves this year.

Beyond the music, there is so much to get involved in that SCamp has really begun to differentiate themselves from other festival experiences. Returning for it’s second year are the Field Day activities on Saturday. Opening up an all out color war, which includes everything from a pie-eating contest to a kickball tournament right smack dab in the middle of the festival. This aspect is simply stunning. They are also continuing their Make A Difference efforts this year where a festivalgoer can do various tasks around the event to get into a private Everyone Orchestra show. Everything from donating canned food to picking up trash can earn you a spot at this show. In addition to their greening efforts there will be a ton of non-profits onsite to share information and spread the good word. Groups like Headcount and Rock The Earth will present. There is also a Kid’s Camp for the young SCampers in attendance and there will be music workshops every day. With so much to do and see it will most definitely be an incredible festival experience.

This year they will be bringing back the Summer Camp Counselor Contest. After winning in 2011 I spent the last year covering SCamp bands out here in Colorado. I can say without a doubt the experience has been amazing all around and it has by far been the best job I’ve ever had. I will pass on my Counselor duties this year, but I will continue to write and blog for Summer Camp in the future. If you are interested in voting for the finalists this year go to Summer Camp’s Facebook page and get in on the fun.

See you at Three Sisters Park!

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