They say live in the present moment, but that’s hard to do when events like Summer Camp Music Festival are just mere weeks away! From May 25 to 27, one of the midwest’s biggest and most exciting music events will take place for its eighteenth year in a row. Like other reigning jam festivals, such as LOCKN’, Bonnaroo, and Wannee, Summer Camp Music Festival certainly gets the most out of its hefty lineups every year. Not only do artists and bands deliver awesomely strong sets, but the collaborations are always abound, and always thrilling.
As we look ahead to this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival, we’re looking back at some of our favorite collaborations from the festival’s past several years. Videos are shared from the official Youtube page of Summer Camp Music Festival, unless otherwise noted.
1. moe. + Marco Benevento: “Meat”
Piano virtuoso Marco Benevento will be returning to Summer Camp with his rocking trio, and he’s more than earned his place there. Back in 2015, moe. invited the keyboardist up for a blistering version of the band’s tune “Meat.” Many, like Live For Live Music, had hailed this as one of the top jams of 2015. Watching this video, it’s not hard to see why.
2. Umphrey’s McGee + Luther Dickinson + Taj Mahal: “She Caught The Katy”
Luther Dickinson with Umphrey’s McGee? Sounds like a heaven populated by guitar gods. Put the legendary Taj Mahal at the front and you’ve got the one of a kind collaboration that happened at 2013’s Summer Camp. Check out this heavy hitting take on Mahal’s classic, “She Caught The Katy.” Video courtesy of the Youtube page of Umphrey’s McGee.
3. Bob Weir + Chris Robinson + Jackie Greene: “Hey Mona”
Speaking of guitar heaven, here’s the one and only Bob Weir sharing the stage with frequent collaborators Jackie Greene and Chris Robinson. While neither Bob nor Chris nor Jackie are scheduled for this year’s Scamp, another member of the Dead is—Phil Lesh, and there’s no telling whom he might sit in with, or whom he might invite up to join the awesome Terrapin Family. (You might remember how warm and fuzzy that Phil.moe set at LOCKN” last summer was?) Video courtesy of the Youtube page of Patrick McIntyre.
4. The Everyone Orchestra: Full Set
What’s a little extra gem that some of the best, headiest festivals of the year share? Something called The Everyone Orchestra, the vibrant and organic music creation of conductor Matt Butler. Whether it’s at some of the hippest venues around the country, or at some of the biggest jam festivals, Matt Butler brings the unique musicianship of various artists together into a single, improvised experience that always ends up being qual parts thrilling and groovy. This year, Butler is scheduled to do his thing with the best of the best at Tumbledown, Arise Music Festival, and both weekends of Electric Forest. But he’s kicking all that off with a set at Summer Camp! Got an hour and a half to spare? Check out how good last year’s Everyone Orchestra Scamp set was, which included members of The Disco Biscuits, Turkuaz, The Floozies, and moe.
5. moe. + Victor Wooten: “Kyle’s Song”
Victor Wooten also returns to Summer Camp this year, and this time it’ll be with the brilliant trio he’s been touring with over the last year—himself beside drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini. In the hype for that, let’s throw it back to this incredible secret jam session that took place between moe. and Wooten at Scamp ’13. Video courtesy of the Youtube page of Kyle Hess.
6. Keller Williams + The Infamous Stringdusters: “Bertha”
Keller Williams has made a reputation as a true collaboration guru of the jam scene. Every musical union he forms, planned or spontaneous, manages to find the right grooves—and the grooves from this Grateful Grass set from Summer Camp 2015 were high energy. While the Stringdusters will not be present at Scamp ’18, Keller will be there with his pals the Keels, in addition to performing his own set, and we cannot wait!
7. Lotus + Nicholas Gerlach: “Middle Road”
Jamtronica veterans Lotus threw down a terrific set in 2014, and for their crunchy tune “Middle Road” they had a little help from the saxophone stylings of Turbo Suit’s Nicholas Gerlach. Sit back and wait for the colorful, sky-scraping peak of this video, which also features some beautiful footage of folks getting down in the crowd.
8. Jake Cinninger + Keller Williams’ More Than a Little + Victor Wooten: “West L.A. Fadeaway”
In 2013, Jake Cinninger and Victor Wooten joined Keller Williams’ More Than a Little for a powerfully funky take on “West L.A. Fadeaway.” Video courtesy of the Youtube channel of AxVault.com.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://summercampfestival.com.