Why YOU Should Be Stoked For Summer Camp 2017!
So Summer Camp released its initial round of artists for 2017, and it is quite the doozy. One of the main draws of the festival is that there’s always something for everyone, whether you’re into intense, sprawling psychedelic jams, blisteringly fast bluegrass, cutting edge hip hop, laid-back folk, acid jazz, roots reggae, or futuristic electronic brain-benders. The lineup is always hotly anticipated as soon as the previous year’s fest has ended, and once again we find ourselves staring slack-jawed at what promises to be an unbelievable Memorial Day in 2017.
The annual three days of moe. and Umphrey’s McGee will be accompanied by a slew of legendary musicians next year; for those looking for the jammier side of things, both Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish will be there with their respective solo groups full of excellent musucians. Les Claypool will have his hands full as both his main band Primus and the Claypool Lennon Delirium will be filling Three Sisters with that trademark wonky bass and bizarre, improv-laden carnival funk-metal.
If your thing is more electronic or hip hop based, have no fear! Destructo, EOTO, and Run the Jewels are just some of the bass-heavy/lyrical stew coming at you this year. Summer Camp’s Vibe Tent is famous for being one of the primary late night party spots at the festival, and as this is only the first round of artists, there are sure to be many more high-quality electronic and rap groups added as the weeks go by.
As far as returning faces, the Summer Camp veterans run the gamut from the Wood Brothers and Keller Williams and the Kwahtro to TAUK, Twiddle, and the Werks. One newcomer is the fantastic neopsychedelic quartet White Denim, who I saw for the first time earlier this year at LOCKN’. Those guys blew me away, and they will be an excellent addition to what is shaping up to be another phenomenal year in Chillicothe. The Marcus King Band, Spafford, and Organ Freeman are some other newer artists I’m looking forward to checking out as well.
I could just go on and on, but some other highlights include the Eric Krasno Band, the Infamous Stringdusters, the New Orleans Suspects, the Floozies, Manic Focus, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Sun Stereo, and Aqueous. As always, Summer Camp does not disappoint, and it’s hard to believe this is only the initial lineup. Every year the festival further cements itself into the upper pantheon of top-notch summer music events, and it’s not hard to see why with such a broad range of artists (not to mention the food, beer, crafts, and workshops).
So once again, we find ourselves on the brink of a new year, and with it all the new anticipation and planning that goes into the summer music season. It’s only December, but you better start planning now, because this is only the beginning of the hype. Hopefully I’ll see you out on the road, starting in Three Sisters Park for Summer Camp 2017!
More info and tickets can be found here: http://summercampfestival.com/