Showing posts with label #scamp12. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #scamp12. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SCamp Countdown-Van Ghost @SummerCampFest

 Summer Camp Music Fest:
*Van Ghost is playing this Thursday 5-6pm & Friday 4:30-5:30pm at the Starshine Stage both days.* 

ChiIL Live Shows has shot Van Ghost at so many great shows over the past year.   They're a lot of fun to see live, especially when they jam out with major players like Allie Kral from Cornmeal.   Even on their Allie free gigs, they're worth a listen, just to see uber talented Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)!   

Here at ChiIL Live Shows/ChiIL Mama, we gave away free tixs to their House of Blues gig and to Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest, where they played The Congress Theatre.   We also gave away free tickets to Northcoast Music Fest where they rocked the stage and we got more smokin' shots.   We recommend checkin' em out at Summer Camp this weekend.

Download their EP right HERE for free

Click the links below for more ChiIL Live Shows' Van Ghost Shots

◦    Allie Kral LIVE at Summer Camp 2011 
◦  Van Ghost-Mellow Yellow Monday HOB Feature

Here's their bio from the Summer Camp site:


With an exquisite 5 piece band flavored with psychedelic guitars, an earth shattering rhythm section, & haunting guy/girl harmonies, the band played it’s debut show before a packed audience at Chicago’s revered Metro in January 2008. It was an auspicious beginning for one of world’s most promising new acts.

For nearly a decade Michael Harrison Berg of Van Ghost was a behind the scenes type of guy. Having poured his energy into his ventures as a concert promoter and band manager, little was left over for personal creative endeavors.

That all changed in 2007 when Berg’s close friends encouraged him to revisit the acoustic guitar he put down in his younger days and asked him to perform a song at their wedding. Melding the inspiration from the many talented bands he has worked with and his own passion for music, the singer returned to his roots. He began writing songs, drawing from his life experiences, creating a heartfelt and staggeringly honest perspective. After building up a solid repertoire of poppy folk ballads, gritty Americana tunes and classic rock laced jams, Berg called on his dear friend Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and they collectively assembled an all-star cast of musicians and named the project Van Ghost.

With an exquisite 5 piece band flavored with psychedelic guitars, an earth shattering rhythm section, & haunting guy/girl harmonies, the band played it’s debut show before a packed audience at Chicago’s revered Metro in January 2008. It was an auspicious beginning for one of world’s most promising new acts.

Following up their debut record, “Melodies For Lovers”, on Split Red Records, the band headed down to Nashville, TN to begin the tracking of their next release “The Domino Effect” for Dustimmoff Records (a start up label with Split Red owner Timm Martin & 8 time Grammy winning Producer/Engineer/Mixer Justin Niebank). With Justin Niebank at the helm the bands sound continues to develop and expand. Berg has established that he is as comfortable operating under the spotlight as he is behind the curtain. With Van Ghost, he sets out to inspire music fans the same as other artists have inspired him – one song at a time.

Monday, May 21, 2012

SCamp Countdown-Midwest Hype @SummerCampFest

ChiIL Live Shows original shots of Midwest Hype live at The House of Blues, Chicago 2/23/12

HEY SCampers!!   In JUST THREE DAYS the colorful pre-party Thursday crowd will descend on Three Sisters Park for FOUR days of music filled fun.   

We highly recommend checkin' out Chi-Town favs, Midwest Hype.   We shot their sold out CD release party at Schubas and shot stills when they opened for Badfish at House of Blues, Chicago.   Check those shots out here.  We also gave away HOB tickets to one lucky reader.   Want in on our sweet give aways and more?  Follow us by entering your e-mail in the sidebar, or by RSS feed.  Or like/follow our FB page, for the latest ticket and CD give aways, free downloads, world wide tour news, original video band interviews, and loads of live show shots.   We never spam, share or sell your info.

Midwest Hype is danceable in day glow, barefoot beats, and utterly original.   My husband jokingly calls their sound "hippie hop" but their enticing blend of jam, funk and hip-hop is no joke.


Here's their bio from their site:

Midwest Hype defines urban garage jazz. Hip-hop flow, unforgettable vocal melodies, punching horn lines, immaculate jazz improvisation, dance floor mayhem, tight pocketed compositions, a spectrum of all colors, a refreshing youthful breath in today's digital world. A celebration and motivation to create a better life, make the day glow.

Midwest Hype has had a string of successes recently.  Starting with a slot at Summer Camp 2010 they have played the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest, the Indianapolis 500, Green Music Festival, opened for the Wailers and GIRL TALK, and performed at this year's North Coast Music Festival with Thievery Corporation, Wiz Kalifa, David Guetta and more.

Their EP, Dayglow, produced by Steve Gillis (formerly of Filter) at Chicago's Transient Studios is available now.

"Successfully incorporates keys, trumpet, flute, saxophone and percussion to highlight the originality...I can’t help but visualize live crowd participation...If I had to sum this album up in one word, I’d go with Energy"
Mike Patti - The Pier

"It’s common with this album to be swallowed into an energetic rollercoaster of pure music, as an influential result of Jazz, Swing, Hip Hop, Funk and Blues with the occasional rudeboy mosh pit kicking music reminiscent of the Ska craze from the 90s"
Mike Patti - The Pier

"an absolutely ruthless explosive jam-funk driven sound with flashes of reggae, hip-hop, and even prog rock." - Fraizer, Chicago Jam Scene (Jan. 2011)

"Midwest Hype...The Mousetrap dance floor was thick for the duration of two full sets and crowd activity was high. Through happy music that never drags and personalities that keep a smile on every face, the band makes sure that fun is had by all. "
Danielle Look-

"“…their music boils down to a highly agreeable, danceable, and versatile weave of ska, rock, jazz, and hip-hop qualities and melodies played by talented musicians” "
- Shaun Christensen, The Preface (Mar 11, 2009)

"The HYPE IS REAL: Midwest Hype may be this area’s next Umphrey’s McGee. The band’s that good and, maybe, that driven. Midwest Hype blends funk, jazz and hip-hop into an exhilarating, dynamic mix of styles to create a refreshing, compl"
- Andrew S. Hughes, South Bend Tribune (May 17, 2008)

SHORE Magazine's Best of 2008:
"Best Local Band About to Make It Big" 


George Matthew Prellwitz - Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar
Justin "Ideal" Diehl - Emcee/Vocalist
Max Kepler - Drums
Nathan Miller - Bass
Kevin Krizmanich - keyboards
Ben Morrissey - Saxophone
Scott Whitford - Trumpet


Dayglow - 2012
Colorful Love - 2008


Friday, May 18, 2012

Scamp Count Down-Giving Tree Band #SCAMP12

Check out the new music video for the first album track "Cold Cold Rain"   The Giving Tree 

Summer Camp Music Festival is COMING!    In the last days before summer music fest season kicks off, ChiIL Live Shows will be featuring a number of artists you can see at this year's SCamp.    We've got original pit photos, live show footage and interviews with headliners and small side stage acts.    All who wander are not lost and sometimes you wander into some of the sweetest jams in the smallest spaces.  

ChiIL Live Shows/ ChiIL Mama will be going dark for 5 days, from May 24-28th, as we'll be in the wifi free woods, but it'll be a working vacation.   We'll be back the first week of June with loads of colorful, photo filled features on Summer Camp Music Fest 2012!   So remember, check in with ChiIL Live Shows/ ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.

Today we're featuring Chi-Town's favs, The Giving Tree Band.

We just got a Giving Tree Band update from Chicago Bluegrass & Bluesfest.   ChiIL Live Shows gave away free tixs to CBB Fest and shot loads of sweet acts there the last 2 years including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosGrace Potter and The Nocturnals, David Grisman and many more.   Click the links above for our original photo filled coverage.  

The Giving Tree is excited to announce that they have finished recording their fourth studio album, VACILADOR.

The Giving Tree Band will tour the eastern US and Canada this June with celebrated songwriter Joe Purdy, who they met and spontaneously jammed with at CBB Fest earlier this year at the Auditorium Theatre. Each concert will include a full set from The Giving Tree Band followed by a full set of Joe Purdy backed by GTB. The final show of the tour will be at DOUBLE DOOR in Chicago on Friday June 29.
Tickets for this show are on sale now here. It will sell out so please get your tix in advance soon if you plan to attend. Pre-release copies of Vacilador will be available at all the shows on this tour!

Please visit The Giving Tree Band's sites for tour dates and new album info:


Here's the scoop from SCamp:

For brothers Todd and Eric Fink of The Giving Tree Band, there is no distinction between playing music and just plain living. Their bodies and instruments become a singularity that is just trying to get in tune, stay in tune, and add a little harmony to the grand symphony of life.Descending from legendary folk hero Mike Fink and Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto on their mother’s side, the Finks have extended their brotherhood into an epic collective known as The Giving Tree Band. A band’s band, the Brothers Fink and company live, work, and tour the country together – keeping tune with nature, sleeping under the stars, bathing in rivers, and treating time as the only real currency.

Though the story of The Giving Tree Band is still being written, it can already be said that these musical frontiersmen are redefining “virtuosity,” which is traditionally understood as dizzying displays of technical wizardry. But what is missing from this definition is the root word – Virtue.

And it is upon this foundation of Virtue that The Giving Tree Band weaves their musical tapestry – by playing every note with integrity, every part with humility, every song with honesty, and every show with gratitude.

The Giving Tree Band

Summer Camp Music Fest Tickets are still available and include camping on site

You could BE THERE instead of just reading about all the fun, after the fact.   Click their main site here for all the delicious details. 

They've got an amazing, eclectic line up that crosses musical genres and is sure to be a rockin' good time.   Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL is just 3 hours south west of Chicago.

moe.Umphrey's McGee
  • PLUS

Jane's Addiction

Also featuring a special Make a Difference performance by Everyone Orchestra
  • Thursday Pre-Party Lineup

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