10506967_10152627004947300_5561443072008087822_o Never miss a Werkout; after all, it’s for your health. The Werkout, a 3-day event filled with music, art, and all things silly, took place from August 7th-9th in Thornville, OH. An oasis of wonder and shenanigans, what more could one ask for?

After spending the time of our lives at Legends Valley, we set upon the task of reviewing the festival, recounting it for those who were there and recapping it for those who weren’t.

How to boil it down? Condensing 72 hours of bliss into simple text on a screen can be a challenge, but we’ve debated and discussed, recalled and reminisced, and this is the result. A list of 10 moments, bands, people, and situations to paint the picture of the Werkout.

10. The Comedy Stylings of Mr. Jesse Brown AKA The Blue Power Ranger

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Jesse Brown (Left) and Johnathan Blackburn (Right) in front of the Furthur Bus at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Gloria Ponciano)

Amusing would be an understatement had you met this gentleman moseying through the grounds on Saturday night. This guy was the real deal from the costume to his swift reenactment of “It’s morphin time!”  He was a true entertainer, as most witnesses would say. His comical gestures and witty dialogue were the perfect way to transition from one set to another.  I walked out of the situation with stomach cramps because I was laughing so hard. Werkout citizen Kenny Beebe went on to describe him as “Eloquent. He just kept on going forever. I didn’t want him to stop talking. This guy had to be a professional; he really put on a show.”

Jesse, if you’re out there and ever decide to go on tour just know that you’ve got yourself plenty of fans.

9. El Fuego

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Enchanting fire breathing displayed during Zoogma’s Saturday night set at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

A non-musical, yet integral, part of the festival were the performance artists throughout the weekend.   Nestled near the stages was a performance area set up specifically for performance artists of all kinds: hoopers, poi spinners, fire breathers and more. Performances of this kind are not uncommon to festivals by any means; in fact, they’re almost as expected as music is. However, Saturday’s events were something special.

As nightfall came and Zoogma tore through their incendiary set, fire performers captivated throngs of audience members with their craft. The performers worked three at a time, joining forces to create choreographed masterpieces of movement and light. Bright flames circled around on smooth trajectories, tearing beautiful patterns into the cool night air. It was mesmerizing. It was unreal.

Honorable mention: Fire cannons. Specifying further, computer-controlled, propane-fueledfire-cannons… with whistles to boot! Who knows what to officially call these contraptions; they shot short blasts of gas through an exhaust whistle and past an igniter. Epic. But… why, you may ask? Because that shit is awesome.

8. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus’ Saturday Night Special

Making the list of incredible performances to hit The Werkout on Saturday night was UV Hippo’s groovy performance. Always blistering and always on point, the band set the evening vibe right with their second set of the extended weekend. Starting out with the soothing and surreal, “Medicine”, Hippo amped up the energy track after track for the duration of their hour-long set. Moving through a 6-song set bordering on an average of 10 minutes a song they jammed their way through as only Hippo can do. The result? A meandering trail of color-clad humanoids dancing their way throughout the venue.

Set List:  Medicine > Verlander, Georgie (w/ Kenn Mogel on guitar), DNT, Tugboat, La Marea

Stream or download the entire set here

7. The Werks’ Two Sets on Saturday

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The Werks getin down Saturday Night at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

The Werks kept fans at attention with every beat of the night, hitting all of the right notes throughout both sets. They even brought the staff and production crew on stage for a solid moment of recognition; a grand round of applause. Zane Kesey and Derek Stevens from the Further bus did a narrative for the Anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Dave Weissman, the festival’s media organizer, and his son even joined the stage; dressed in galactic space wear (complete with capes), they played air guitar during the last song.

Setlist

Set One
Guido
Drop
Plain White Toast
Hard To Find Jam
Better Half
Fire Eater
Gameplan.

Set Two
For You
Galactic Passport
Cryptical Envelopment
The Other One
Rollin’

Stream or download the entire set here

6. The Furthur Bus

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Furthur bus posted up at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zane Kesey (the son of famed author Ken Kesey), Derek Stevens, and the next generation of pranksters made their way to The Werkout on their 50th anniversary tour. The bus, a beautiful piece of art and history on wheels was a one stop shop for fun, games, merch, and even a wedding! The Werk Out was the 6th official stop on their tour outside of their initial travels in Oregon in June.  I had the pleasure of speaking to Derek over the phone to ask a few questions, detailing their experiences on the road.  

How did the Werk Out become so lucky to be one of the stops of the tour?

“Actually, we were privileged enough to be invited by Rob Chafin of the Werks. I had the pleasure of talking to him over the phone a few times, and he said that they were trying to plan something special for us out there and said he’d appreciate it if we could make it.”

Is it safe to say that the Werks was probably your favorite gig out there?

“Without a doubt. The Werks were on top of it, it was a great gig across the board. They really stepped it up.”

Were there any other bands that caught your attention?

Actually to be honest I didn’t make it out on the grounds to explore very much until late night but hands down Zach Deputy. We had him on the bus, a little private recording session, and he just blew us all away.”

Is there any advice that you want to share with the youth of America and next generation of merry panksters?

“Best thing to keep in mind is that it’s okay to think differently. It’s okay to express yourself with music and art. Whatever it is that brings up your passion…. We’re not saying to tune in, turn on and drop out by any means. We don’t even roll like that anymore, especially right now on tour. You can be high on the hill but you end up missing those little things, you know? Be you and have fun. It’s okay to be yourself. You don’t have to go down any set path to be free and have fun. It’s all about living in the moment and not missing those little things.”

He went on to share a few intimate moments they had along the tour and added, “It’s those stories that color what this entire experience is about. You know, we actually had an opportunity to get – and I’d hate to mention it – corporate sponsors, but we turned it down. It didn’t feel right not having the bus on the road interacting with people. That’s not what this bus was about and we’re glad that we didn’t. We’ve made so many friends – lifelong friends – along the way.”

Next stop on the Bus tour will be in Baltimore, MD at The 8×10 room with special guest John Kadlecik of Furthur this Tuesday, August 19.

Check out more tour dates here

5. The Werks’ Stripped Down VIP Set/Q&A Meet and Greet

This may have not been a part of the main festival, and it wasn’t accessible for everyone, but it definitely deserves to be on the list. As a part of the VIP ticket package for The Werkout, ticketholders were treated with a special set from The Werks in the VIP lounge. Relaxed and laid back, it gave audience members a chance to see the band and interact with them in an uncommonly intimate setting. The session started with a heartfelt thank you from The Werks, detailing how fans and supporters are truly the reason that events like The Werkout exist. It felt good.

Seated among a group of spectators, The Werks played several stripped down songs including a new and yet-to-be released tune. They told stories and joked around. It was comfortable and enjoyable. After the short performance, they moved on to a Q&A session with the audience, prompting us to ask anything about the band, the festival, or whatever else was on our mind.

The shining moment of the Q&A session, you ask? They announced that there were 7 cinematographers filming Thursday’s Dark Side performance. The kicker? The soundboard audio and video of the set will be edited and released, FOR FREE, in several weeks once the project is completed. Another tasty tidbit? Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio is mastering the audio. The days can’t tick by fast enough.

4. Everyone Orchestra

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Matt Butler in his slick get up during Everyone Orchestra at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

For those who don’t know, Everyone Orchestra is the ever changing, improvisational, brainchild of musician Matt Butler. Boiled down to its core, it’s a jam session, but not just any old jam. Featuring a rotating cast of some of the world’s top musicians (past participants have included members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, Taj Mahal, a presidential candidate and more).

For The Werkout’s incarnation, EO was a 14-piece band creating brass-laden funk fusion with Butler manning the helm as the Orchestra’s psychedelic conductor. He guided the group of musicians toward their auditory goal, creating and closing sonic space as he sees fit. As any musician will tell you, that’s easier said than done, especially with 14 people improvising at a time. Butler guided the group through the jam using vocal cues, hand gestures, and a little whiteboard that he feverishly scribbles directions to the musicians on. It truly is an awesome and silly sight of madness and music.

Stream or Download the set here

3. Zoogma’s Saturday Night Set

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WTF is a Zoogma? Saturday night set at the Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4-piece livetronica outfit hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, took no prisoners with Saturday’s set at The Werkout festival, their second overall performance of the weekend. Sandwiched between The Werks’ two sets that night, they had some big shoes to fill. Zoogma pulled through with what may have been the most talked about set of the weekend.

As the last notes of The Werks’ first set tapered off, the bass took hold from the opposite stage… and so it began. Contrasting the stylings of the previous act’s more traditional sound, Zoogma was a swirling synthesis of organic and electronic instrumentation. Wasting no time and starting things off with a bang, they launched into what can only be described as an electro-blues banger. “Let My Shorty Ride (RL Burnside x Young Buck)”, a seamless blend of hip-hop and righteous gritty slide guitar, foreshadowed what was to come over the course of their set: an eclectic mix of originals and reworkings of a slew of other tracks.

Additional highlights of the set were the Michael Jackson and Eagles classics “Thriller” and “Hotel Crunkafornia (Notorious B.I.G. x The Eagles)”, respectively. For those of you who weren’t there, let’s get one thing straight: these were not simply covers, but incredibly solid and innovative rehashes of the original masterpieces. One has never heard such guitar playing like this during a “Thriller” performance, guaranteed.

As “Thriller” climaxed in one final intensifying crescendo, a surprise awaited, the opening notes to “Hotel California” rang out, soon to be layered in with some Biggie vocals. Intriguing? Damn straight. With dueling guitars and saw-bass low-end, Zoogma soared on this one; imagine Joe Walsh and Don Felder duking it out on the famous solo, but only that this time through they had discovered the glory of Ableton before writing the track. Hands. Down. Breathtaking.

Setlist

Let My Shorty Ride
Mirage
Jerry Diesel
Starrey Eyed Thriller
Hotel Crunkifornia
Jaguar
M10

Stream or Download the full set here

2. Zach Deputy

The one-man-band from Savannah, GA that kept on keepin’ on! It was almost impossible to keep from ‘to his funky tunes, even if you were just passing through for that midafternoon delight. Had the dance floor not been made of rocks, people surely would have kicked off their boogie shoes! The guitar was funky with a few flicks of beat boxing here and there and Deputy laid down smooth, soulful, swingin’ vocals. This man would have you down in New Orleans one minute then out with island fever the next.

Deputy made sure to engage the audience throughout his set to enhance the vibe and step up the jive. He kept the loop train going all throughout Friday and Saturday night, even on into Sunday morning. Even the schedule didn’t know what time he would be done! Embracing his collaborative spirit, he also provided  vocals during the Dark Side and Everyone Orchestra sets as well. What ‘chu know ‘bout The Deputy?!

1. And the downright obvious of the all things epic: Dark Side of the Werk Out set!

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Epic Dark Side of the Werkout Set with The Werks, Papadosio, and Dopapod (Photo: Joe Chung)

What an incredible way to bring in the first night of the festival.  There was so much zest and excitement in the air leading up to this set of epic wonder. By the time The Werks ended their last song of their first set the crowd had swelled up. One could feel the intensity and the anticipation for what was about to take place – the fifteen minute set change seemed to take forever.

Finally, each band member took their place and the lights dimmed to their appropriate state. The crowd cheered louder with every pulse that lead into the sudden stroke of “Breathe”, and then the pack got wild! Chills are currently pacing their way up and down this writer’s spine just reliving that moment. And who better to open up the tribute other than the festival director and beat master of The Werks himself, Rob Chafin.

As if the Dark Side set wasn’t enough, more surprises made their way into this grand recital. Kevin Dumont laid down the smooth and saxxy melodies during “Money.” The enchanting vocals of Mr. Zach Deputy were brought in for “Great Gig in the Sky”, and, boy did that man bring a few people down to their knees! Making their way through the crowd at that moment was the full cast of Wizard of Oz, even the Lollipop Guild, as the movie played on the backdrop. Overall, it was an inspiring sight to behold.

There it is, the Werkout in review. While this isn’t an all-inclusive list or even the big picture of what went down that weekend, it’s our little version. Short and condensed, just add water – or beer – to reconstitute. Given the chance, would we go again? Yes. As for you, the reader, should you consider it next year? That’s not for us to say, but, if this article was met with intrigue and a peaked interest, you probably already know the answer to that question.

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The Werkout 2014 with Aaron Lingenfelter
The Werkout 2014 with Joe Chung

For this installation of “The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals” we’re continuing our quest and branching out, covering music festivals from all over the United States. Whether it’s down south for Wakarusa or out east for Rootwire, organic focused like The Werk Out or all electronic like Movement; globetrotters from near and far will be able to find something of interest in this week’s edition. Here is this week’s scrumptious list of festivals:

1. Wakarusa

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WHEN: June 5th-8th, admission on June 4th included in VIP passes

WHERE: Ozark, AK

Cost: $204 4-Day GA, $139 3-Day Pass, $109 2-Day Pass $705 VIP (prices shown without tax and fees)

Style: Multi-genre focused on jam and EDM

Extra Attractions

16 artist collectives and performance troupes will be in attendance at Waka this year. Activities, performers, and installations include: workshops, stilt walkers, flow jams, meditations, audiovisual installations, a slackline park, spray art walls, mobile art installations, a New Earth Sacred Temple, and much, much more. Here at IndyMojo, we’re crossing our fingers for a repeat appearance of last year’s Ferris wheel; buy the weekend pass if you see it!

Things to Know

You must buy parking passes for your car at Wakarusa; up to 5 people can ride per car and split in on the cost. Passes can be bought for the main venue, west woods, and riverside locations. At this point, only riverside spots remain, but they’ve been known to release more passes as the festival nears. Don’t count on it, though, last year’s extra releases sold out in about 15 minutes. Other words of wisdom: you are truly in the middle of nowhere at this festival, come prepared. But to begin…

Oh yes, Wakarusa. By now this name should resonate with seasoned festie goers and newbies alike. With kick-ass lineups, artists, and one hell of a location this festival is not one to miss this summer (or any summer for that matter). Nestled on top of Mulberry Mountain near the southern edge of the Ozarks, Wakarusa can be a bit of a hike to get to from most parts of the Midwest. But, as past attendees will tell you, it’s well worth it.

Ranging from festival mainstays like The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, and Umphrey’s McGee to lesser known acts like The Werks, The Magic Beans, and D.V.S.*, fans are drooling at the thought of this year’s shenanigans. In addition to the musical lineup, Waka has one of the more diverse art and performance influences that you’ll find at a festival. Make sure to check out the woven wooden domes from Helping Hands, the interstellar 3D projections in the tree line from Maizz Visual, and the atmospheric sculptures and installations from BhuddaBones Art, just to name a few.

With a lineup that nears the greatest of the year, completely subjective of course, planning a trip down to Arkansas can be tantalizing. Unbelievable scenery, unbelievable tunes, and unbelievable artistry will exude from the Ozarks the weekend of June 6th. And, with all of the sights, sounds, an experiences promised be had at Waka this year it only one problem exists… which shows to hit?

Must See Headliners

-The String Cheese Incident

-Bassnectar

-STS9

-John Butler Trio

-Rusko

-Lettuce

-Xavier Rudd

-EOTO

More Lineup Surprises

-Papadosio

-The Werks

-Boombox

-Minnesota

-Ott.

-The Magic Beans

-Random Rab

-Govinda

 

2. The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival

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When: August 7th – 9th

Where: Thornville, OH

Cost: $99.99 GA, $179.99 VIP (OG Status)

Style: Diverse, ranging from freak out jam to downtempo and everything in between.

Things to Know

If there’s one festival that pays respect to the Midwest music scene, it’s The Werk Out. Thrown annually by Ohio natives, The Werks, this year’s lineup features multiple night performances from nine different acts. That’s right, nine different acts! What does that mean, you ask? You’ll not only get to catch double the performances from your favorite bands but you’ll get to hear all of the deep tracks that rarely get played in one-off festival performances.

Although this festival does prominently feature many bands and artists that first made their mark in the Midwest, don’t think that that’s all that there is to see (read: hear) at The Werk Out. Emancipator, Phutureprimitive, Dopapod, Twiddle, and many more round out the out-of-the-region acts. If you like a healthy heaping of face melting rock, check out The Werks. If you’re more into mind-bending jamtronica, find Papadosio for your fix. If chilled out downtempo is your thing, Emancipator is the act to see. Jonesin’ for some high-energy trashgrass, the Rumpke Mountain Boys are your guys. All in all, there’s only one thing to do: grab a beer, go dance, and have a good time. 

Must See Headliners

-Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon played in its entirety by members of Papadosio, The Werks, and Dopapod

-The Werks (x3)

-Papadosio (x2)

-Emancipator

-Future Rock (x2)

-Zoogma (x2)

-Dopapod (x2)

More Lineup Surprises

-Phutureprimitive

-Rumpke Mountain Boys (x2)

-UV Hippo (x2)

-DJ no DJ (A Live Band Tribute to Daft Punk)

 


 

3. Spring Awakening Music Festival

Soldier Field, Chicago

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When: June 13th – 15th

Where: Chicago, IL

Cost: $246.09 GA*, $363.21 VIP* (21+ only)

*Includes tax and fees

Style: EDM

Things to know

This is NOT a camping festival, so prepare to hit up some Chi-town buddies to do some couch surfing or save up and split in on a hotel with some friends. Also, the VIP section is 21+ so keep that in mind. No totems/rage sticks, glowsticks, LED gloves, food, or empty water bottles are allowed inside the venue. With no outside food or water allowed in, make sure to being enough cash to grab adequate food and hydration inside the gates. Also, the music ends at 11:00pm each night so you might want to plan on hitting some after parties to keep the good times rolling into the late night.

Held in Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, Spring Awakening is a relative newbie to the festival circuit. One of the few all EDM festivals that we’ll be covering in this series, Spring Awakening is a festival geared towards all the bass loving EDM cats of the world. Featuring huge names from all over the electronic scene: Tiesto, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, Diplo, and Benny Benassi just to name a few, Spring Awakening promises to be a rager. Chicago won’t know what hit it.

Must See Headliners

-Pretty Lights

-Kaskade

-Diplo

-Big Gigantic

-Knife Party

More Lineup Surprises

 -Benny Benassi

-Bingo Players

-Paper Diamond

-Manic Focus

-Thomas Gold

4. Movement Electronic Music Festival 

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Hart Plaza, Detroit

When: May 24th – 26th

Where: Detroit, MI

Cost: $130 3-Day Pass (Tier 2), $55 1-Day Passes for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Style: EDM

Things to Know

Movement, like Spring Awakening, is NOT a campout. It’s held in the heart of Detroit, so plan on finding a place to stay for the weekend. And, unlike most festivals, Movement runs Saturday-Monday so plan accordingly. Also, this one is HUGE. Last year’s attendance was over 107,000 so be prepared.

Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place in Detroit, the birthplace of Techno. A Mecca, for decades, as many see it. A hard won and well worn spot for producers, DJ’s, and rave culture as a whole. Located downtown in Hart Plaza and on the city’s riverfront, Movement boasts 5 stages and over 100 acts to see. If you haven’t heard about this festival before and need to know you need to know one thing: it’s old school. For many festival goers, be prepared to see producers that have been doing it right since you were a toddler.

National and international musicians make the yearly pilgrimage to the holy land for Movement, and for many, it will be their only stateside appearance of the year. Music runs from noon to midnight each day, so it might be wise to get some late night plans in order. Don’t worry though, the people over at Paxahau (the producers of the event) have you covered. There are literally dozens of afterparties that have been organized around the city that weekend; all that you have to do is pick a couple.

Must See Headliners 

-Skream

-Richie Hawtin

-Bonobo

-John Digweed

-Carl Cox

-Loco Dice

 

5. Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival

Rootwire Hooper

When: July 17th – 20th

Where: Terra Alta, WV

Cost: $125 4-Day GA

Style: Organic and electronic blend

Extra Additions: Gallery works and presentations will be held by Alex and Allyson Grey.

Things to Know

While holding a nearly identical name as to Rootwire Music & Arts Festival, Rootwire Transformational Festival is loosely associated with the festival from which it gets its namesake.

Rootwire fans the world over held their collective breath this year; waiting to hear if their beloved festival would be thrown again. After it was announced that Rootwire Music & Arts festival would be changing locations this year, nobody knew what to expect. After months of waiting it was announced that Papadosio and EQ Endeavors would split, with EQ picking up the responsibilities for this year’s festival. This year has some of the bigger acts to grace Rootiwre’s stages: Shpongle, Beats Antique, Love & Light, the list goes on. With the changes to the organization for 2014’s event, it will be interesting to see how Rootwire will transform itself as well as the rest of us.

Must See Headliners

-Shpongle

-Beats Antique (x2)

-EOTO

-Conspirator

-Love & Light

-VibeSquad 

More Lineup Surprises

-Dirtwire

-Lynx

-Cosby Sweater

-Eumatik

-Magnetic

 


Continued from The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals: East Coast Styleeee

Summer Camp in all of its glory

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Music Festival, Summer Camp, Scamp, the best freakin’ party in Illinois. Whatever you call it, it’s coming soon and firing on all cylinders. Taking place over four days (May 22nd – 25th) in Chillicothe, IL, it’s guaranteed to be hands down one of the best weekends of the summer. A days-long event of music, workshops, positivity, friends, and tomfoolery; in short, everything that a growing human needs.

If you don’t have your ticket yet get it soon because you don’t want to miss this. Keep in mind, though, that ticketing is slightly different here than at most festivals. A regular ticket will get you in for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Pre-Party passes can be purchased at an additional fee to get you in early for Thursday’s acts. Also, there are late night sets at the Red Barn for an additional cost. The other stages will still be in operation when it’s going down at the barn, so don’t fear. But, please remember that the barn shows that tickle your fancy will cost a little extra (for more on Summer Camp do’s, dont’s, and things to know, check out The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals Pt. 1: In Our Own Backyard).

So, do you have your ticket(s)? The appropriate answer to this query is a proper, “No sh** dude, I’ve had my ticket since February.” Next is, “I just found a ride and snagged my ticket, catch you there!” The least appropriate… “Summer Camp?”

If you’re in the latter category or are just on the fence about shelling out the dough, let this article be an inspiration, if nothing else. Please come join the party. As a disclaimer, this writer does not make money from ticket sales nor will he if sales increase as a result of the statements contained herein, so please don’t treat this as a long-winded advertisement. Instead, please accept this as a friendly invitation to The Boogie.

Trey Anastasio Band @ The Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN. (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

Artist spotlight: Trey Anastasio Band live @ The Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN. (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

Given five words, what is the best way to describe Summer Camp? How would one provide the utmost meaning and deepest imagery, without losing meaning on useless prepositions? How would one convey the feeling of Scamp, without wasting a single breath? In an attempt to provide the supreme explanation, the greatest rationalization, and the most scintillating justification, these words have been chosen wisely:

1) Umph

2) Moe.

3) Bass-f**king-nectar.

4) Trey

5) Primus-Lotus-SlightlyStoopid-Yonder-Wolfgang-Gramatik-EOTO-Keller-MiMOSA-Lettuce-Beats-Figure-VictorWooten-DevilMakesThree-Greensky-Werks-Dopapod-Cosby-Flooziesandmore…

Beats Antique @ The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN. (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

Artist spotlight: Beats Antique live @ The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN. (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

Alright, so 5 words may have been a lie. But, technically, they’re hyphenated, so it kind of counts. Regardless, and without opening an English book, one thing can be agreed upon. THERE WILL NOT BE A SINGLE MOMENT WITHOUT GOOD MUSIC.

To support this statement, here is a sample schedule to give an idea of what the weekend could be like. It isn’t an ultimate schedule for everyone or even anyone for that matter. It is just a possibility. And, as every soul is different, there is no right or wrong way to Scamp it, unless you don’t see who you truly want to. The sample schedule reads:

Thursday, May 22nd:

Blue Fruit Snacks (1:30p)

Cosby Sweater (6:30p)

Funky Junk (7:00p)

Twiddle (7:30p)

Future Rock (9:30p)

Manic Focus (11:00p)

Digital Tape Machine (12:45a)

EOTO (2:30a)

Friday, May 23rd:

The Diggity (12:00p)

Umphrey’s McGee (1:30p)

Moe. (2:30p)

Victor Wooten Band (3:45p)

Jimkata (4:00p)

Matisyahu (5:00p)

Slightly Stoopid (5:30p)

Robotic Pirate Monkey (6:00p)

Blues Traveler (7:00p)

Umphrey’s McGee (7:45p)

Beats Antique (9:00p)

UV Hippo (10:00p)

Primus (11:15p)

EOTO (12:30a)

The Motet (2:00a)

Lotus (2:45a)

Saturday, May 24th:

The Floozies (12:00p)

Future Rock (2:00p)

Cherub (3:00p)

Greensky Bluegrass (3:45p)

The Devil Makes Three (4:45p)

Keller Williams (5:30p)

G. Love & Special Sauce (6:45p)

Lotus (7:30p)

Break Science (8:00p)

Umphrey’s McGee (9:00p)

The Werks (10:00p)

Umphrey’s McGee (11:00p)

Moe. (12:30a)

Gramatik (1:00a)

Lettuce (2:45a)

Sunday, May 25th:

Umphrey’s McGee (1:00p)

Yonder Mountain String Band (2:30p)

Zac Brown Band (4:30p)

Dopapod (6:30p)

Trey Anastasio Band (7:00p)

Wolfgang Gartner (8:15p)

Trey Anastasio Band (9:00p)

Exmag (10:00p)

Bassnectar (10:30p)

Gramatik (11:45p)

Moe. (12:30a)

Figure (1:15a)

Russ Liquid (3:00a)

To repeat again, THERE WILL NOT BE A MOMENT WITHOUT GOOD MUSIC.

Matt Hill of The Floozies performing at The Bluebird, Bloomington, IN. (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

Artist spotlight: Matt Hill of The Floozies live @ The Bluebird, Bloomington, IN. (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

How can one truly say that there will be no moment without good tunes when the stages will inevitably come to a close each night as the microphones and amplifiers are eventually turned off? Quite easily, actually, because Summer Camp curiously happens to be populated by people like… you. Guitarists, percussionists, singers, and composers. Producers, DJ’s, songwriters, and storytellers. Artists, hoopers, contortionists, and dancers. In sum, all of the ingredients needed for a “let’s-keep-this-sh**-raging-‘till-the-sun-comes-up” gumbo that just refuses to quit. Need some examples of how this could play out?

Exhibit A: The Dub Wagon. If you are reading this and the mythical wonder of The Dub Wagon is your creation, please accept sincere apologies for the impromptu name given to the beautiful beast that you’ve wholeheartedly unleashed upon us in years past. No offense is meant by the nickname if any is taken. Essentially, The Dub Wagon is a cart of sorts, piled high with speakers, lights, and all things that glow in the night. It has been known to walk the grounds, late at night, once the grip of darkness has taken over the campground. Growls, womps, and sub-bass can be heard emanating from within its depths. And, if you’re in the right place at the right time, it will come and catch you.

Described in a more straightforward manner, The Dub Wagon is a pushcart that wanders Summer Camp, blasting beats from the late night until the early morning buzz of chatter. Processions have formed, as they will again, wandering slowly behind like zombies, unwilling to give up on the night as they make their way through the camps.

Exhibit B: Jam sessions. Acoustics will be strummed and djembes will be played, hopefully to the accompaniment of a drunken poet and the occasional smiling soul. If you’re lucky enough, you might come across a DJ SOLO/Fresh Hops percussionist tag team jam. It’s happened before, and who’s to say that history won’t repeat itself?

All in all, Summer Camp is a tasty smorgasbord of music, workshops, and more. Whether is jam, folk, rock, house, dubstep, or bluegrass that gets your dance juice flowing, you’ll find it in Chillicothe. It will be a weekend tunes, dancing, singing, and drinking. A weekend of smiling, laughing, and love. Hugs will be had and good times felt. In short, it will be an unforgettable weekend, if only we can remember it.

As the last of winter melts away and spring is set upon us, music fans the world over are joining in a collective daydream of something long lost to the months of cold. It is something loved and dearly missed. It is a sanctuary. It is a place for movers, shakers, and music makers. It is a long travel into the middle of nowhere. At the same time it’s just a short trip into the city. It is drum circle, and yet it’s a turntable and subs. It is an electric guitar, too. It is the great outdoors. It is sunny days and moonlit nights spent dancing under the stars. It is the unmistakable smell of patchouli and shenanigans. What is our dream, you ask? Simply put: Festie Season.

Here at IndyMojo, we’ve undertaken a project to help you decide where your summer mischief will be best spent. We’re compiling a festival roundup of sorts, detailing the ins and outs of America’s best music festivals. By no means should this be viewed as an all-inclusive or all-encompassing guide. Instead, it should be regarded as an informative look into festivals both large and small, created with the intent of helping you find your own unique path for the summer.

Because this is such an immense project to undertake, the guide will be broken up into a multi-part mini-series. For part one of the Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals, the focus will be on festivals located in the heart of our home, the Midwest. Here goes…

1. Summer Camp Music Festival

Summer Camp Photo

When: May 23rd-25th, Thursday Pre-Party May 22nd

Where: Chillicothe, IL

Cost: $212 GA* (tier 2), $33 Thursday Pre-Party GA*

*Prices Include all facility and service fees

Style: Multi-genre focused on jam and EDM

Extra Attractions

Late night barn sets (extra ticket required), musician workshops, community activism workshops, Soulshine tent, and kid’s area.

Things to Know

No car side camping (be prepared to walk with your camping gear). Limited shade in most camping areas, no outside alcohol allowed.

One of the largest festivals in the Midwest, the 14th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will take place this year in Chillicothe, IL. Founded in 2001, Summer Camp has grown from an initial attendance of 1,000 to over 15,000 in recent years and has previously hosted acts such as Moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Pretty Lights, The Flaming Lips, Skrillex, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and many more.

As for Summer Camp 2014, the lineup has an incredible mix of both organic and electronic music, and one will be hard pressed to find a better combination of artists in once place this summer. To reiterate plainly, this year’s lineup is INSANE: Bassnectar, Umphrey’s, Lotus, Yonder, EOTO, and Trey, all on the same lineup. Say what!?

Some key things to remember, though, there are extremely limited forest camping spots so plan on bringing extra sunshades for your tent and camping area. Outside alcoholic beverages aren’t allowed in the park either, so plan accordingly if you want to get your buzz on over the weekend.

All in all, Summer Camp is one of the must-attend festivals of the summer, especially for those living within a few hundred miles. The acts listed below barely even scratch the surface of the Summer Camp, and there are still more announcements to come. There’s a little something for everyone in Chillicothe this year, head on over to the Summer Camp site to check the rest of the lineup out! 

Headliners (More to be announced)

-Moe. (x3)

-Umphrey’s McGee (x3)

-Bassnectar

-Trey Anastasio Band (x2)

-Primus

-Slightly Stoopid

-EOTO

-Zac Brown Band

Deeper Lineup Surprises

-Yonder Mountain String Band

-Lotus

-Keller Williams

-Gramatik

-Mimosa

-Beats Antique

-Lettuce

-The Werks

-The Devil Makes Three

-The Floozies

-Cosby Sweater

-UV Hippo

-Manic Focus

 

2. Electric Forest 

Sunset over Rothbury, MI

Sunset over Rothbury, MI

When: June 26th-29th

Where: Rothbury, MI

Cost: $265 GA plus ticket fees

Style: Jam and EDM

Extra Attractions

Sherwood Forest, silent disco, numerous workshops, additional curated events in the Tripolee area.

Electric forest is held at the Double JJ Resort, infamous for the whimsical Rothbury Music Festivals held there in 2008 and 2009. Since then, the festival has transformed into a new beast. For the fourth consecutive year, the Double JJ Resort will be converted into the Electric Forest, a vibrant playground for the mind, body, and soul. For those of you who been to the psychedelic Mecca known as EF, it is a sight to behold.

A mulit-genre festival that highlights both organic and electronic music, Electric Forest has top-notch artists from all styles to keep any music lover enthralled for days. Ranging from three nights of Cheese (with one night billed as the Ms. Lauryn Hill Incident) to sets by Xavier Rudd, Papadosio, and The Glitch Mob, there is a musical diversity on the EF bill that will keep everybody entranced. Whether you love jam, electronic, and/or everything in between; you will find what you’re looking for up in Rothbury.

The luminous Sherwood Forest

The luminous Sherwood Forest

Located in the heart of the festival grounds, Sherwood Forest is the optical masterpiece that Electric forest is named after; it comes complete with light, sound, visuals, and all things merry. It is a place of wonder, amazement, and indescribable astonishment that inspires awe to all who pass through it. Sherwood Forest alone is enough reason to go.

Car side camping is a big plus at Electric Forest, you’ll be able to pack a little more without worrying about carrying everything in and out of the festival. As with Summer Camp, though, the camping grounds are in an open field so plan to bring a source of shade.

Headliners (More to be announced)

-The String Cheese Incident (x3)

-Steve Angello

-STS9 (x2)

-Lauryn Hill

-Zeds Dead

-Flying Lotus

-The Glitch Mob

-Stephen Marley

-EOTO

-Zedd

Deeper Lineup Surprises

-12th Planet

-Papadosio

-Paper Diamond

-Bro Safari

-Emancipator Ensemble

-Conspirator

-Rising Appalachia

-Xavier Rudd

-Zoogma

 

3. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 

The 11th annual Bonnaroo, 2012

The 11th annual Bonnaroo, 2012

When: June 12th-15th

Where: Manchester, TN

Cost: $285 GA plus service fees

Style: Multi-genre encompassing all styles of music.

Extra Attractions

Silent disco, comedy theatre, cinema, on-site newspaper, The Academy (interactive arts experience and workshops), poster art exhibit, water slide, Centeroo fountain, yoga, kid’s area.

Things to Know

It’s freakin’ hot! Be sure to stock up on sunshades and water before this festival. Due to the dirt in the air, you might want to bring a gangster bandana as well.

What do Elton John, Kanye West, and Skrillex have in common? They’re all playing Bonnaroo! If you haven’t heard of the infamous ‘Roo yet, you’ve been buried deeper than just under a rock. For 4 days, Manchester, TN is home to one of the most eclectic and headliner-centric lineups in the world. Bringing heavy hitters in from too many countries to count, there’s something there for music lovers of all shapes and sizes.

If it’s EDM that works you up, check out Skrillex, Kaskade, and The Glitch Mob. If you’re big into the indie scene, head over to see Pheonix, The Arctic Monkeys, or Broken Bells. If it’s folk and Americana that gets you going, Neutral Milk Hotel, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Superjam will do quite nicely. For you metalheads, Meshuggah and Mastodon made their way onto the bill. Literally, every genre is represented here, and it’s beautiful.

The infamous Centeroo Fountain

The infamous Centeroo Fountain

In addition to the music, Bonnarroo offers some of the most creative extras that one may come across at a festival this summer. There’s a comedy theatre, an air-conditioned cinema, a solar powered stage, a waterslide, a salon (ha.), an on-site newspaper, a beer garden, a silent auction, and much much more.

Remember, though, that it’s almost guaranteed to be a scorcher. Bring out the sombreros, bandanas, and crazy lids to keep cool. Bring the tarps, tapestries, and easy-ups to provide shade. Bring extra gallons of water and bottles sunscreen to keep hydrated and safe. Basically, prepare for a middle Tennessee campout in June. Don’t let us scare you, though. If you’re prepared then there’s nothing to worry about.

After all, you’ll be dancing your ass off day and night to some of the best acts in the world. You’ll be basking in the mushroom fountain in Centeroo. You’ll be raving it up in the silent disco. And, on the ride home, you’ll be calling up your buddies to ask why they didn’t grab a ticket and come with.

Headliners (More to be announced)

-Elton John

-Kanye West

-Jack White

-Kaskade

-Arctic Monkeys

-The Flaming Lips

-Neutral Milk Hotel

-The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helms

-Superjam with Skrillex and Friends

Deeper Lineup Surprises 

-John Butler Trio

-Umphrey’s McGee

-Slightly Stoopid

-The Glitch Mob

-Yonder Mountain String Band

-Break Science

 

4. Paradise Music & Arts Festival 

Paradise Music and Arts Fesival 2014

Paradise Music and Arts Fesival 2014

When: July 11th and 12th

Where: Hustonville, KY

Cost: Early Bird, $60, GA at the Gate, $80

Style: Multi-genre focused on jam and EDM

Extra Attractions

25-30 minute professional fireworks show, yoga, workshops, live art/visual performances, hoop troupes.

Things to Know

There are only 500 total tickets available so plan on purchasing yours early!

Paradise Music & Arts Festival is a new kid on the block and a force to be reckoned with. For a first year festival, the lineup is chock full of insanely talented regional and national acts, and it’s near the top of the list for don’t miss smaller festivals this summer. A 2-day festival, lovers of jam, jamtronic, EDM, bluegrass and more will want to call this festival home for the weekend, and it’s looking to be a rip roaring good time!

Set in the rolling hills of Echo Acres in Hustonville, KY, the camping area is scenic and relaxed. The lineup boasts top acts such as: The Werks, Dopapod, Zoogma, Govinda, and Moon Hooch; lending an experimental vibe to this festival. Get your tickets quickly, though, with only 500 tickets to be sold you don’t want to sleep on this one!

Headliners (More to be announced)

-The Werks

-Dopapod (x2)

-Zoogma

-Govinda

-Kaleidoscope Jukebox

-Moon Hooch

-IndigoSun

Deeper Lineup Surprises

-Broccoli Samurai

-The Macpodz

-Blue Moon Soup

-Spankalicious

-The New Old Calvalry

 

5. Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival

Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival 2014

Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival 2014

When: September 11th-14th

Where: Danville, IL

Cost: $230 GA plus ticket fees (tier 1), extra costs apply depending on camping location.

Style: Multi-genre focused on rock/jam/bluegrass/funk

Extra Attractions

Tthe Sanctuary, numerous workshops, 170-acre lake on-site, hiking trails, fishing (with valid IL fishing license), and kid’s area.

Phases of the Moon is a first-year, 4-day, all jam/rock/bluegrass/funk camping festival held at the 3,000 acre Kennekuk County Park in Central Illinois. It will be a funky spot for a festival; the property comes complete with turn-of-the-century buildings, prairie lands, and several lakes, and streams on-site. The Sanctuary, and everything that goes with it, is an exciting little tidbit from the festival’s site preview too, head over to their page for an in-depth description of what it is!

Musically, the festival boasts an all-organic lineup, meaning that there isn’t a single DJ on the bill. Be prepared to jam out for days with Widespread (two sets), Bob Weir, Gov’t Mule, and many more. Art will also be a big focus of the festival with interactive sculpture, live art, and performance art playing an integral part of Phases of the Moon. 

Headliners (More to be announced)

-Widespread Panic (x2)

-Bob Weir & Ratdog

-Lunar Landing Conspiracy

-Railroad Earth

-Tea Leaf Green

-Tedeschi Trucks Band

-Gov’t Mule

Deeper Lineup Surprises

-Galactic

-Dumpstaphunk

-Soulive

-The Main Squeeze

-Moon Hooch

-Cornmeal

-The Rumpke Mountain Boys

Next in the series: The Midwesterner’s Guide to Music Festivals Pt. 2 : On The Front Porch