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Summer Camp Schedule

Posted by shore On May - 8 - 2009

moe-01 @AndyShore With Summer Camp merely a few weeks away, I was shocked yesterday to see that the Bonnaroo schedule had been released before Summer Camp. A day later, here it is. Let me be one of the first to tip my cap to Jay Goldberg’s people for a job well done. Few festivals have done such a good job avoiding major conflicts, and spreading the best acts throughout the day.

Thursday pre-party:

Thursday night is pretty Chicago band heavy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. U-Melt, Family Groove Co. and Cornmeal are all Chicago bands worth checking out. Toubab Krewe also has quite a following in the jam band scene. After all that, check out 56 Hope Road on the Campfire Stage from 10:30pm-12:30am. I can almost guarantee you’ll at least get a quality Paul Simon cover. In the Red Barn (also known as the biggest sweat box EVER), Future Rock and Lotus will be providing the untz.


A day set from moe. is always a nice way to start your festival day. If you’re still feeling sleepy after that, Summer Camp has the perfect fix. You can go rock your socks off and get your face melted at the Campfire Stage with the Hue. It was a treat seeing the wooks crawling out of their tents wide-eyed during the Hue last year, and several members of the P-Funk All Stars were front and center.

From there it’s pretty much a walk back and forth from the Moonshine and Sunshine stages. Dark Star Orchesta, Lotus (or Panjea at Starshine), Buckethead, Girl Talk, set one of Umphrey’s McGee, Method Man and Redman and then set two of Umphrey’s McGee. As if that wasn’t enough, Cornmeal will play outside late night and Dark Star Orchestra is in the Red Barn for two sets. What a freakin’ day!


If you’re an early riser at festivals, I’d suggest checking out Secret Chiefs 3 on the main stage at noon. After that, wander around a bit. If you missed all of Chicago’s finest on Thursday night, Family Groove Co., 56 Hope Road, Cornmeal and U-Melt all play again. For Saturday afternoon/evening’s back and forth between the main stages you’ve got Gomez, Keller Williams, Les Claypool, set one of Umphrey’s McGee, set one of moe., set two of Umphrey’s McGee and set two of moe.

The late nights start to heat up on Saturday night. The Wood Brothers will be on the Campfire Stage. From 12:30-1:30 am Family Groove Co. present the Big Lebowski. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds awesome. Perhaps even better (even if only by name) is the Sexy Bitches featuring Keller Williams, Rob, Vinnie and Al (moe.) and Joel (Umphrey’s McGee) from 2:00-3:30am.


Day three of the festival usually plays two ways. You are either worn and torn and aching from too much everything. Or maybe you get that last great wind to push you through the last day. I’m going to assume I’ll enjoy some much needed campsite time and then head over to the Sunshine Stage for the Wood Brothers at 2:00pm.

Then I’ll walk back to the main stage for Easy Star All Stars. They’re doing Dub Side of the Moon late night with some of the guys from Umphrey’s, so expect a bunch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band and Radiodread. Next up is a fifth set of Umphrey’s McGee (no, I don’t think that’s over doing it).

I’ll have a name for the walk between the two main stages by the time Summer Camp hits, because I’ll be doing it every day several times. After Umph, it’s Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood. I have to credit John Scofield for providing me with my first jaw-dropping, camera-to-the-side, wow photo pit moment. I won’t miss another chance at that. I have only ever heard good things about Los Lobos, so that’s probably where I’ll head next (I say that now, but it could very well be dinner time).

A sandwich of moe. > Willie Nelson > moe. will close out the night. Willie Nelson is the person I am most looking forward to shooting this weekend (Method Man and Redman being second). The only thing staying up for late night will be the Easy Star All Stars and friends doing Dub Side of the Moon. A most excellent way to send festival goers out into the night.

2 Responses

  1. Dean Said,

    Nice write up! I am really impressed with the lineup as well. Going to go to the pre-party for the fist time this year (3rd year going/row). Last year I broke my small toe the day before the festival (playing with my dogs) and yeah, moonshine to sunshine gets a bit hard on ya.

    This year I am going by myself for the first time. Friends might come on Friday but there not sure yet. But after 2 years, made enough friends to not feel like a loner lol

    Posted on May 9th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

  2. Brian Said,

    I’m really excited for SC this year, I hope my new sleeping bag gets delivered in time. I was wondering if PortoPong was gonna send you out with a demo unit? You could organize games of beer pong for breakfast and then use it as an air mattress at night.

    Posted on May 13th, 2009 at 9:36 am

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