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Summer Camp: A Pictorial (set 1)

Posted by shore On May - 26 - 2009

williesDue to a recent mishap, Andy is on the DL for 6-10 weeks with a foot. Festival Crashers had to scramble at the last minute to find someone to help us with our Summer Camp Music Festival coverage.


Luckily, like John, Paul, George and Ringo, we get by with a little help with our friends and Brian Isenstein was kind enough to fill in. Here’s his Summer Camp pictorial with captions. Enjoy.

I caught a bit of moe.’s Friday afternoon set, but left early since they had four more sets coming for the weekend and I really wanted to see Talking Heads cover band, This Must Be The Band. This is still moe’s fest, but it seems that change (along with a shit-storm of dust) was in the air.


tmbtb-perc1This Must Be The Band is one of a few cover bands playing the festival circuit this year. If you had your eyes closed, you might not have realized it wasn’t The Talking Heads. They scream Stop Making Sense and really brought all of the energy that is expected when you love the Talking Heads like I do. A great show left me hoping to see this young group again.



The Hue moved up from the Camping stage to the Campfire stage this year, and I do mean up. To make things easier for the production company, the stage is set at the top of a hill and the audience slopes down. Marcus Rezak and Jared Rabin continue to shred at a face-melting pace.



Umphrey’s McGee took the main stage to close out Friday night. They unleashed a torrent of bright lights and rock sauce all over the crowd and never looked back. I missed the “Baba O’Riley” with Allie Kral from Cornmeal because I was sauntering back from Method Man and Redman, but my friends would not stop talking about how bad-ass it was.


The Secret Chiefs 3 managed to scare and entrance me. Their navy blue “klan” robes were strange, but even stranger was the bassist who wasn’t wearing one. I don’t get 4/5 of a band in matching dress, and one dude refuses to go along. Their combination of Middle Eastern sounds and heavy metal rhythms was unlike anything else played at the festival.


Keller was classic Keller. He played his unique mix of humorous songs while showcasing his talent as a one man looping band.


Umphrey’s stole the entire weekend with their two sets on Saturday. The first set had a rawkus “Tribute to Spinal Shaft” > “Red Tape”. “Mulche’s Odyssey” featured a Les Claypool sit in on his Whamola Bass, which was quite a sight. The second set gave us a “Triple Wide” dance party, Felix Pastorious (son of legendary bassist Jaco) on “Bright Lights, Big City” and fireworks galore. The encore of “Cemetary Walk” > “Wizard Burial Ground” was quite deadly (I made a pun).

2 Responses

  1. Anon Said,

    Wow, those are great pics. You should really send that photog to Bonnaroo.

    Posted on May 29th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

  2. Joe Said,

    While Umphrey’s on Satruday was great. I thought moe.’s second set on Saturday was better.

    Posted on July 13th, 2009 at 7:59 am

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