Summer Camp Music Festival


Summer Camp the last true jamband festival

BY Jeffrey V. SMith

May 28-30

Three Sisters Park

Chillicothe, Ill.

Summer Camp Music Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, is one of the last true jamband festivals. Anchored by three nights of both Umphrey’s McGee and moe. sets, along with nearly 60 other acts spread out over three days, the mid-size festival features an appealing mix of rock, electronic, bluegrass and other expected jamband scene genres and activities. STS9, Gov’t Mule, the Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, Keller Williams, Cornmeal, Bassnectar, Slightly Stoopid, Railroad Earth, and Steel Pulse will undoubtedly check in with performances worthy of a Summer Camp party.

Colorado is also well represented on the festival’s multiple stages by EOTO, Pretty Lights, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Kinetix and Mountain Standard Time. A big component of Summer Camp is its well-supported late night scene. In addition to ticketed late night concerts in the big Red Barn from moe., STS9, Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s McGee, and EOTO, the festival offers late night campfire jams with festival performers and a late night ‘vibe tent’ featuring different DJs and electronic style acts each night.

Travel time:

(As calculated by from

Denver, Colo. to Chillicothe, Ill.)

Total Est. Time: 14 hours, 54 minutes

Total Est. Distance: 933 miles

YOU NEED TO KNOW: The event is staged on a 400-acre “living history farm” in rural, central Illinois adjacent to lakes and a nature conservation area. Several VIP options are offered. In addition to live music, musician workshops are offered at the Three Sisters Park Chapel, plus community activism workshops in a “Make A Difference” area. A well developed kids area at the family-friendly festival is also featured.

PRICE: $$$$

Camping: On-site camping included

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