Highlights of the Thursday night pre party were:
a fast fiddlin', folk rockin' set by Cornmeal, with the inimitable Allie Kral. SCamp was her last weekend with the band. Look for her in the coming months playing out with a number of bands including Hot Buttered Rum. You can follow her fiddle playing sparks across America this summer with her new Reverb Nation Page here.
For lots more just put Cornmeal or Van Ghost in the side searchbar at ChiIL Live Shows or ChiIL Mama. I had a chance to talk with her after her pickin' set Sunday and I later gave a mini video interview about Allie that will air on the SCamp site in the near future. Basically I thanked Allie for not being a Barbie and for being a great role model for girls out there--proving you can be yourself, let your talent shine through and make it in the boys' world of the music industry without being a 90lb blond in mini skirts. She's a pure joy to see in action and sparks fly when she plays.
The second highlight was a mindblowingly excellent set by Chi-town's own, Digital Tape Machine. I'm generally not crazy about house music or techno, but these guys can PLAY. 3 words that changed my mind... they. play. INSTRUMENTS. They really got the crowd going and I would go see them live again in a second. A day later their set was all anyone wanted to rave about in the press room and throughout the SCamp grounds. Sure they have the requisite mac laptop, but these guys play actual instruments too, for a compelling combo. Highly recommended. Wanna check out their sound.
5 tracks from their Summer Camp 2012 Set and lots more are FREE on their site. Click here.
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Ian Neville (guitar) of Dumpstaphunk
FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Dumpstaphunk rocked The Starshine Stage in a late night set, after a brush with death and a sleeping driver on cruise control on their way to SCamp! Check out our video interview soon for all the details.
SCamp is Eco-Friendly
SCamp is Camping With Old Friends That I Only Get To See Annually at Summer Camp.
SCamp is good people, characters, and creative costumes!
SCamp is carnival rides, colored lights, spinning hoops--poi balls-- and glo sticks lighting up the night with a riot of color.