I realize my column lately has been pretty focused on Summer Camp. While that is a great weekend and you should definitely go, it turns out the music doesn’t stop there! With that in mind, here are some albums that have been on repeat for me lately, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do (this might stretch out a bit).
1. The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin
When I went to my first Summer Camp in 2012, I was blown away by the sheer amount of music the weekend had in store. There were so many artists I had never heard of, not to mention a whole scene to learn the ropes of. In any case, as my brain began to wrap around the concept, I started to check out some of the smaller bands, since that’s where you tend to find the gems.
In the last few years, Champaign-Urbana has really become a hotbed of musical creativity of all kinds. The weekly shows downtown in the warm months, the revolving door of acts playing the Canopy Club, and the local artists just making music for the sake of making music.
Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment are proud to present the Third Round of Artist Announcements for the 16th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL on May 27, 28 and 29, 2016. Joining the previously announced lineup and appearing at the Summer Camp Music Festival 2016 will be:
When you think of soul, what do you think of? Maybe it's horns, or a slinky guitar? Maybe it's a beat that moves in and sets up shop in your bones, so you just have to dance and sing? Maybe it's powerful vocals that speak truths we all hold dear but for whatever reason, we have a hard time expressing for ourselves.
The Midwest is home to a unique group of musicians. Some of the hardest working, kindest people I’ve met are the artists who crisscross the nation, face the unknown, and bring their music to a whole new audience. They’re living the dream, as far as I’m concerned.
So the weather looks like it’s finally starting to turn the corner into spring. We have longer days back, the sun is unabashedly shining, it’s warmer out. These harbingers of summer bring with them thoughts of barbecues, beverages, friends, and late nights.
Summer Camp's second round of artist announcements really took a lot of fans by surprise. One of the criticisms of Summer Camp is that the past few years have featured a similar lineup with just a few tweaks here and there. Well, clearly Summer Camp is listening, and they did a great job of throwing in some real left curves with this announcement. See for yourself:
The early stirrings of festival season have already started, and around the country people are making plans, buying tickets, arranging travel, etc. This industry has seen a huge boom lately, mainly due to their ability to make us forget about the soul-crushing reality of day-to-day existence and let time slow down just for a little while.
There's been a lot of buzz lately about the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Art Festival down in Florida. Looking to get a head start on festival season, Okeechobee will kick things off on March 3rd (they only just announced the additional early entry due to overwhelming fan response).