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|Summer Camp Music Festival|
Jake Cinninger of Umphrey's McGee performing at Summer Camp Music Festival, May 23, 2009
|Dates||Memorial Day Weekend|
|Founded by||Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment|
The Summer Camp Music Festival is a multi-day music festival created by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment and held annually on Memorial Day Weekend at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. The event typically attracts around 20,000 visitors, of which between 8,000 and 10,000 arrive before gates open. In 2014, it was listed as one of the top 40 music festivals in Rolling Stone.
The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 20,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 4 days.
While the numbers have grown, Summer Camp still maintains the same energy and family feel it had when it started over a decade ago. As one fan put it, "Coming to Summer Camp is like coming home." You'll run into old friends, meet a ton of great new ones, and have the time of your life. Almost tripling the population of Chillicothe for the weekend, Summer Camp creates a city within a city, and greatly impacts the local business economy. Artists that have performed at the Summer Camp Music Festival in past years include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Tom Petty (MudCrutch), The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Bassnectar, Widespread Panic, Les Claypool, Keller Williams, Pretty Lights, Skrillex, The Roots, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Medeski Martin & Wood, and many, many more!
Summer Camp has had past problems caused mainly by "Scampers" coming unprepared for either the heat or the long stay. For these reasons, they encourage anyone planning on coming to research what they need to bring, and learn from others who have been before.
The 2008 Summer Camp Music Festival was held May 23-25.
The 2009 Summer Camp Music Festival was held May 21-24, 2009.
The 10th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held May 28-30, 2010
The 11th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held May 27-29, 2011
The 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held May 25-27, 2012
The 13th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held on May 24-26, 2013
The 14th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held on May 23-25, 2014
The 15th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held on May 22-24, 2015
The 16th annual Summer Camp Music Festival was held on May 27-29, 2016