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June 26, 2007
Begun in 2001, the annual Summer Camp festival takes place in Northwestern Illinois, amid the scattered farmland that eventually gives way to forested river bottoms, the Mississippi itself, and then the rolling plains of Iowa. Catering to the usual hackey sack-and-hemp crowds of summer festivals (jam band icons moe. have played every year, and local favorites Umphrey's McGee have been on the bill the past five), the festival has grown in scope and size each consecutive year, with eleven artists at the inaugural event ballooning to nearly 50 this year, including the likes of Les Claypool, the Wailers, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Festival organizers have also included several add-on elements each year; a kid's camp with art projects and juggling shows to keep the munchkins wholesomely entertained; musician workshops led by players from the festival's lineup, where anyone can get technical tips from the likes of Rob Derhak and Victor Wooten; vending and product information booths from a host of progressive and sustainable industries and manufacturers.

Although the American corn belt is in the clutches of another unusually dry year, the last weekend in May proved to be a messy one as intermittent thunderstorms turned much of the grounds at Three Sisters Park into a slippery mud pit. In keeping with the event's fun-at-all-costs vibe, both attendees and performers ignored the inclement weather (although the latter had the benefit of the park's covered stage) and stuck it out for three days of camping, music and revelry.



Camping and the stage beyond.



The line into the festival grounds.



Crowd.



Crowd control.



Crowd on the move.



Les Claypool in the rain.



Les Claypool's Fancy Band.



New Monsoon.



Moe playing to the crowd.



Moe's Rob Derhak and Al Schnier.



Moe's Rob Derhak.



Medeski, Martin & Wood.



Medeski, Martin & Wood.

SEE ALSO: www.summercampfestival.com

--
Claude Leopold Breithaupt
Beginning with his emergence from the birth canal in Puerto Rico, the aspiring architect, fledgling brewmaster and master wheel builder known to friend and foe as "Cletus" has traversed the expanses of the American west on a never ending quest for a good time.

See other articles by Claude Leopold Breithaupt.

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