Summer Camp has become one of the first festivals to announce their 2015 lineups, and appropriately so since they usually help kick off the festival season over Memorial Day weekend. It’s… good… and interesting…
Let’s go through the rundown:
5 sets of moe. AND Umphrey’s McGee – Now I like moe. a lot, but five sets is a lot. Admittedly, I don’t know enough Umphrey’s McGee, which is why I’m glad for the Spotify playlist, which I’ll get to later.
Steve Miller Band – I’m always skeptical of and not terribly interested in nostalgia/reunion acts at festivals and the mediocre reviews Outkast got all last Summer (combined with Andre 3000’s recent revelation that it actually was all for the money) and SMB is no different for me. This doesn’t do anything for me.
Widespread Panic – Also not as familiar as I should be so another reason I’m excited for the Spotify playlist.
STS9 – Groovy. Makes sense for this fest.
Big Gigantic – Okay these guys really need to take a touring break. I love them. Very much. But the live show has gotten just a tiny bit stale and some time off in the studio recording new material and working on new production would do these guys wonders.
John Butler Trio – F YES! Amazing. And great venue for it.
Paul Oakenfold – …What? Okay. I mean… that’s cool. It’ll be a cool night set.
The Floozies are awesome, and put on a pretty fun show. I love Keller Williams but I’m not a bluegrass fan so his Grateful Grass set does nothing for me, and neither will sets from Trampled by Turtles or The Infamous Stringdusters (the latter, I’m told from actual bluegrass fans, is a bluegrass version of 90’s/00’s boy bands. Personable, attractive guys who will play whatever they’re told for money and fame. I think they chose the wrong genre). Xavier Rudd is amazing. Cherub has yet to prove themselves to me. Cosby Sweater and Digital Tape Machine will definitely be cool live shows and the rest I have yet to listen to, which brings me to my next point, SPOTIFY PLAYLIST.
I love Spotify. I think their “radio” feature leaves something to be desired and I think Pandora does a better job in that department, but I think the variety and functionality of the rest of the service is bomb. Which is something cool people are saying, correct? Anyway – Summer Camp decided to put together a playlist with songs of the artists they’ve announced will be playing the festival in 2015. Makes sense, yes? They’re not the first ones to do it. Coachella has done it. I believe Counterpoint has done it. Firefly did it it last year. Bottom line is not enough festivals are doing it and they need to start. Enjoy the Summer Camp playlist: