This past Memorial Day weekend marked the 13th anniversary of Summer Camp Music Festival, and annual event that takes place at the celebrated Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. Since the festival’s beginning in 2001, it has grown rapidly into a bona fide heavy-hitter event by delivering major artists of multiple genres year after year.
It is with a heavy heart that after 10 years with Cornmeal, we say goodbye to Allie Kral. Her powerhouse presence on stage and musical chemistry with the band will be greatly missed. We wish her the best in her musical endeavors and cannot thank her enough for the hard work and personal sacrifices she gave throughout her 10 years on the road. Cornmeal will be conducting a nationwide search for a fiddle replacement in the coming months and looking to get back on the road as soon as possible.
Suwannee Springfest 2013 was a rainy, thundery affair, but it still exceeded expectations for a supreme gathering of musical talent and a raucous good time. And hey, though it was rainy, as in torrential downpours with heart pounding thunder and lightning, the show went on (a damn good show) without much of a hitch.
The first round of artists performing at the Summer Camp Music Festival arrived today. The 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will take place May 25 -27, 2012 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois.
moe. and Umphrey's McGee will once again be headlining Summer Camp, anchoring the festival with three nights a piece, as the event features over 100 bands at 7 stages over the course of four days.
Do you know that feeling of wonder and amazement when you return home from a long road trip? The rotating miles still in your head mixed with the relief of stability and security are a sensation hard to translate into words. The home town Thanksgiving show of Umphrey’s McGee and Cornmeal recreated that feeling for me. The Spanish Harlem setting of the Aragon Ballroom shook with more than the juice of the worm. I
With so many bluegrass offshoot outfits actively touring in the States, sometimes it’s hard to decide whose show to go to on a Friday night. Especially in the bluegrass supported state of Colorado, where fans cannot get enough of its dance-ability and energetic tempo, its one of the most popular options for the live concert-going scene. While longer existing outfits have the option at playing large seated venues, most fans seem to come to dance.
This year’s Magnolia Festival was characterized by the usual wonderful blend of bluegrass, reggae and families and by unusually cold night- time temperatures. Hovering above freezing at night, the mountain music sounded just right in the cool mountain air of the Florida “hills”. As I sit in tank top and shorts in eighty degrees of Florida sunshine to write this, frozen fingers, frozen breath, the warmth of the fire and being bundled up from head to toe here last weekend seems surreal. Though it was “crisp” t