It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything out of ne Jamison, the blogger who spent most of his time between classes working on Burning Oak. He hasn’t had much time for blogging lately, but I convinced him to write up a review or two from the music festival that was about a month ago. Let’s all live vicariously through him as he walks us back through all the highlights and festival fun that him and his crew had…


– Photo by John Benigni

While many of you were enjoying barbecues and donning your first white shirts of the summer over Memorial Day , I headed over to Chillicothe, IL for my third year at the eighth annual Summer Camp Music Festival. The forecast was grim, the lineup was a distinct change-up from year’s past, and with a new stage and no festival map published, I had little idea of what to expect from this year’s festival. Despite rain, thunder, lightning, tornado evacuations (yes, again), and I think possibly even hail at one point, I managed to stay relatively dry, snap a few photos, and catch a few sets from some bands that I never expected to see at .

The event kicked off with the Thursday Pre-Party, a tradition involving a smaller lineup before the festival officially starts off on Friday morning.

THURSDAY

I caught the last few songs of as I was lugging in my weekend gear. While they’re a personal favorite of mine, I was slightly more concerned about getting my tent set up before the impending rain of the evening. At 4:00 I caught a set by ’s 56 Hope Road. I’ve seen these guys a number of times at the Canopy Club in Champaign and in , and for a Thursday afternoon they had an exceptional crowd of people who amazingly all seemed to know the words to the band’s songs.

56 Hope Road – Photo by ne Jamison

After wandering the festival grounds and a few brief stops at and shows, the main event for the night was Zoso, a band. I’ve neglected to see them in Champaign despite numerous recommendations as well as opportunities, as they come through the Canopy Club a few times a year. Add in a recent kick I’ve been on as a result of coming across a couple cheap copies of II and IV, and I was feeling ready to ramble on over to check these guys out.

While it seems strange to see a band in a festival setting, it was nearly a theme at this year’s , with such acts as Zoso, a band known as Badfish, and arguably , a mashup DJ. However, all three acts more than stepped up to the challenge, and were some of the more popular sets of the weekend. I believe the draw of these guys (as with any band) is the ability to sing along for a couple hours to the music we’ve grown up with (or scream as was the case with “Black Dog”), but regardless of why they work, Zoso was a great time. Additionally – and I’d love some validation of this theory by someone else who was there – I think a number of artists saw Zoso play that night, because throughout the weekend I heard s from 2-4 other bands, including the .

My Thursday ended with a trip to catch Bump on the Camping Stage and at the Shows, but sadly I wasn’t able to stay awake long enough to catch or Rock, both of which deserve to be mentioned since I’m sure they were amazing shows. Need proof? Check out Janis from bust out ’s “Without Me” on :

FGC performs Eminem [YouTube]

FRIDAY

Those of you who were at the festival Thursday night will likely sympathize when I say I was a little grumpy on Friday morning. After a night of thunderstorms and downpours in a tent which I forgot wasn’t sealed, I woke up a little sore and beat up on Friday morning, surrounded by a small pond. While most of my belongings had fully dried by Friday evening and the rain hadn’t reached my camera or phone, suffice to say I was moving a little slow that morning. My afternoon was fairly uneventful as a result, with a short stop at .


– Photo by ne Jamison

The day really started for me with the highly anticipated set at 7:00. For those of you who haven’t heard DJ Gregg Gillis, the one-man act that makes up , I suggest you stop by his MySpacehop on stage and dance around with a giant pair of hands.

If you’ve read any of the other age of the festival by now – or any other festival they’ve played this summer such as – you’ve probably gotten the impression that the stole the show for the weekend. That’s because they did – by anyone’s standards – unless you spent your Friday night at that is, in which case, I’m sorry.


– Photo by John Benigni


– Photo by John Benigni

Coyne and company took a packed crowd for one of the most intense and confetti-packed shows the audience had ever scene, complete with nude chicks, guys in Iron Man costumes, pink ninja chicks, the infamous Wayne-Coyne-Bubble-Crowd-Walk, and possibly a couple members of o – either that or construction workers.

The set was fantastic. I can’t do much justice to the visual aspects of the show; Coyne is such a tremendous entertainer that to refer to it as just a concert doesn’t convey the proper imagery needed. I do have one reservation about their set though – I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to hear any new material from them. Their of ’s “Song Remains The Same” was great, and the video / light / confetti / balloon show was simply amazing, but when you boil down the it was really about eight to ten of their obvious hits. From what I can recall and dig up, the band played “She Don’t Use Jelly,” “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song,” “Race for the Prize,” “Fight Test,” “Free Radicals,” “Yoshimi The Pink Robot,” “The W.A.N.D.,” and a final closer of “Do You Realize.” Don’t get me wrong, seeing any great band play their ten biggest hits and one amazing always makes for a good show, but there was a lot of filler time in between songs it seemed to me, maybe due to the draining visual show they put on, and I wish I could have had a longer set from them. Not their fault I suppose, but one of my favorite aspects of and any festival is connecting with bands I haven’t listened to enough to know well, and really diving into their material after seeing them. While I’ve definitely pulled out my Lips CDs since I got home, I just wish they would have busted out a few more obscure tracks. All of that moaning aside – amazing show. Easily the highlight of my weekend and most of my friends’ as well. Here’s a little sampling I found that had decent sound:

Flaming Lips Summercamp 2008 – Chaos as far as Eye can see [YouTube]

That’s it for Friday, since I’ve long since surrendered to the fact that I am just not capable of staying up long enough to see late . Check back soon for age of , , , and all of the weather-related updates that seem to define . Also, thanks to my friend John Benigni for having the presence of mind to remember to bring his camera to the set. Until I get back, I’ve got some links to keep you busy.

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Links:

Kane’s Flickr Photos

Music For Ants’ Flickr Photos

More Flaming Lips Photos

Summer Camp 2008 on YouTube