|SUMMER CAMP SUNDAY: A REVIEW IN CHART FORM|
|I'm sure my experience at the 2011 edition of Summer Camp
Festival was atypical. Driving down that morning from the Chiacago suburbs, I
got a Sunday-only pass and slept offsite, but was determined to catch as much
variety as time and logistics allowed. Unfortunately, the rain and mud did
slow us down a little too, but overall I thought we did a great job of
cramming in the right variety into the 8 hours spent on the festival
So rather than a typical review, I'm offering my take on the time spent at Summer Camp in chart from, complying with the The Barn's sub-focus on music related InfoGraphics. The schedule was tightly packed, with little down time, but I have few regrets, and how can you possibly complain about the level of talent on display in the middle of Central Illinois?
Click on band names for audio where available.
|3:00 - 3:20 Starshine||The New Mastersounds||A nice way to shake off the rain, and get introduced to the endless supplies of mud, by boogeying down with New Mastersounds for the first few songs of their set.|
|3:30 - 4:15 Moonshine||Bela Fleck & The Flecktones||The reintroduction of Howard Levy on piano and harmonica pushed all of the Flecktones to up their jamming game.Guest fiddler Casey Driessen was right there with the quartet on "Big Country"|
|4:25 - 5:15 Sunshine||Huey Lewis & The rUMors||When you're dealing with supergroup like this, what exactly is a cover or a special guest? This 12 piece included 2 backup singers and Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret, a three piece horn section. Theymanaged to pump out respectable covers of Respect Yourself and She Caught The Katy in addition to UM and Huey Lewis originals, including a jammed out, 9 minute+ "I Want A New Drug" which closed the set.|
|5:25 - 6:00 Moonshine||The Avett Brothers||The Avetts were typically high energy and crowd responded to tunes like "And It Spread" and the anthemic "Kick Drum Heart" (complete with jammy meltdown) like they've been hearing them all their lives.|
|6:05 - 6:15 7:00 - 7:30 Sunshine||Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers||Bruce included a cover of Dylan's "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" early in the set, but the real fireworks came late, when Bruce threw down with Panic's Jimmy Herring and Bela Fleck on "White Wheeled Limosine". That is a collection of pure talent rare to see together on the same stage at the same time.|
|6:15 - 7:00 Soulshine||Henhouse Prowlers||Broke away from Bruce for a bit to charge the phone and stumbled upon the Henhouse Prowlers in the adjacent Soulshine tent. Luckily, I caught both Cornmeal sit-ins (Kris and Allie) as well as a GREATEST EVER bluegrass rendition of Grateful Dead's "Mr. Charlie". Huzzah!|
|8:20 - 10:00 Sunshine||Widespread Panic||Starting their set 20 minutes late didn't do them any favors, and typically guest-friendly WSP decided to tackle this festival set solo.The cover of Tom Waits' "Goin Out West" was certainly a highlight and, of course, Panic did do some jamming, although maybe not quite up to their potential.|