Happiest time of the year = Summer Camp Music Festival. For me, this is like Christmas. Four straight days full of music. Bluegrass. Rock. Funk. All of the above. This is four days where I leave the outside (aka, real world) behind and spend my days soaking up the sun, dancing barefoot to some bluegrass (my fav) and making new friends.
Summer Camp is a special place for me because it’s a place that I can truly be myself. Sure, I’m always myself. But it’s a time where I can appreciate art and music with others that are just as enthusiastic about it as I am.
Cross my heart, you’ll never meet someone that is more enthusiastic about a couple guys playing a banjo and a mandolin. That’s me. I’m the girl front and center at a show, or next to the soundboard, that is smiling ear-to-ear because music is just that good.
So here’s to Summer Camp’s daily schedule getting announced today and the fact that none of the shows or artists that I am dying to see (for the 2nd, 3rd, or 50th time) overlap each other. Happy scampin’ my friends, and see you all in Chillicothe, IL in two weeks!
“If lightening bugs could be stars in the sky,
I’ll open up this jar and let your wishes fly”
In the last year, I have a new found love for bluegrass. Y’all know that I’m extremely into seeing live music. I believe that is such a beautiful thing to see those energetic sounds being produced right in front of you. And what better way to see that happen than with a banjo and a mandolin?!
I am unfortunately breaking my once-per-week concert streak because I’m taking 19 credits, working two jobs and it’s almost finals week (YAY, ME). So as I sit here, craving the sounds, the atmosphere and the experience of a live music show, I’m going to reminisce on my favorite band: The Way Down Wanderers.
I discovered this band almost one year ago. Since then, I’ve been hooked. Ask any of my friends. In the last year, I have seen this band 10 times, traveled 3 states and made some extremely awkward conversation with their band members (Thanks Austin Thompson for being nice + understanding of a super fan).
This band does a great job of “jamming” together and keeping a super small crowd upbeat and enthusiastic about their shows. The music that they write isn’t just a normal ballad, it’s truly poetic and hits you right in the feels.
Here, have a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
I’m thoroughly convinced that there is no greater feeling than going to a concert. Over the last few years, I’ve truly discovered myself through music. People laugh all of the time because my music preferences are so diverse. Rock. Bluegrass. Country. And yes, even electronic music.
Electronic music has such a negative stigma that is carried with it. Why? Because of the crowd it draws in. If any of you know me personally, you know that I am nothing like the people that are a part of that scene. Sure, I’m the happy-go-lucky hippy-esque girl, but that is just my personality.
I wouldn’t say that electronic music is my *favorite*, because there’s just something about seeing live music being played in front of you. But, that doesn’t mean that the environment at an electronic concert isn’t fun and exciting.
Electronic music is so beautiful because its something that has been redrafted from an original. Artists like Pretty Lights, Griz, Gramatik, and the feature of this week’s post: Manic Focus, have all rose to the top of this genre. They accomplish it because they repurpose old music into something new, and still very beautiful.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Manic Focus concert. This was my fifth time seeing Manic, and it was just as great as ever. The concerts (a two-night run), at the Miramar Theater, were definitely ones to remember.
Thank you, Manic Focus, and we can’t wait to have you back in Milwaukee!
“It’s not like there’s a book for this or something you could read
‘Cause I’ve looked around
And I tried to fill these holes with other roles I never learned to play
It seems like they always falter”
– Puppet String, Umphrey’s McGee.
The lights turn on. The music starts. And I’m in pure bliss. Umphrey’s McGee. A band I know and love, but they mean so much more to me. Perhaps I’m easily influenced by my older brother, or maybe I just really wanted to be like him (my guess is the latter of the two). Either way, I’m so thankful that my brother opened this door of music to me.
What do I like to do in my free time? Concerts. Concerts are what I like to do. Yes mom, I do go to too many concerts per week. But I’m young and that’s what I like to do.
This last concert I went to, rather the last three concerts I went to, led to an experience of a lifetime. The first two Umphrey’s McGee concerts at the Riverside in Milwaukee were incredible, per usual. Saturday night was a little extraordinary, though.
The band’s manager and I were chatting via email regarding a job for a week or two prior to the three night run concert series. I was nervous. I was excited. And I had no idea what to expect.
10:30PM. Saturday, April 1, 2017. The night that I had not only met the manager of Umphrey’s McGee. But had also interviewed with the band during the concert on side stage. Fingers crossed, my friends, that something will surface from this incredible night. It would be a dream come true to work for a band that has influenced my life in so many ways, and has brought my brother and I closer.
Thank you Umphrey’s. Thank you Riverside Theater. And thank you, Adam, for opening my eyes to a greater world.