I’ve been a HUGE fan of Summer Camp since like.. 2015? I have trouble remembering how many years I have been because I’ve been every year since I started going! It’s one of my favorite festivals and after seeing the lineup for this festival, I know that I’ll have to be back for year… 9? Well, 8 if you count that crazy Covid year. Anyway, the creators behind Summer Camp Music Festival have just unveiled the genre-bending Phase One lineup for their new festival concept: Solshine: A Music and Arts Reverie.
The event’s inaugural edition will take place at Summer Camp’s beloved venue of Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois from Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26, 2024, with a pre-party on Thursday, May 23. This is one of my favorite venues!
“Past. Present. Future. That is the context under which the Reverie was conceived. Google defines reverie as “a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.” The idea was to make an intentional daydream about how an event like Summer Camp can still bring all the fun and excitement of a festival, but also invite us to use the power of that joy in an intentional way to impact the world. We want to tell the story of how Summer Camp came about, where we are now, and where we believe this dream can take us. The lineup is curated to help tell that story with nods to the godfathers of our scene, the current hottest artists in the genres we represent, and some of the tastiest up-and-comers that will lead us into the future.” – Ian Goldberg, Founder of Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie & Summer Camp Music Festival
Continuing Summer Camp’s long-standing tradition, Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie will be co-hosted and headlined by legendary jam rock band moe. and iconic genre-melding progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee. I mean, it isn’t a SCamp party without them. If you’ve been, you understand. If not- you MUST check them out. It’s a SCamp tradition that I expect to continue this year.
Other Summer Camp-veterans headlining the first-ever Solshine include critically-acclaimed indie-jam five piece Goose, electronic-funk duo Big Gigantic, psychedelic jam rock band STS9, and GRAMMY-nominated melodic bass duo SLANDER.
To usher in the new era of Solshine, the festival will welcome first-time headliners such as global party-starter John Summit, legendary jam band The String Cheese Incident, and Canadian electronic music icon deadmau5.
Solshine will host a bevy of additional talented acts, including Summer Camp-favorites such as Twiddle-lead singer/guitarist Mihali, genre-blending, rock/bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams, North Carolina alt-rock sextet Big Something, future groove trio lespecial, synthwave six-piece Doom Flamingo, Denver-based electro-soul artist Manic Focus, bass experimentalist Eprom, queer rapper/producer/DJ Wreckno, joyful bass queen Maddy O’Neal, The Disco Biscuits’ bass player Marc Brownstein’s electronic moniker DJ Brownie, zany bass DJ Mickman, renowned rock improvisers The Werks, electronic duo Snakes & Stars (comprised of Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident and Aaron Johnston of Brazilian Girls/David Byrne’s American Utopia), ascendent CT-based jam quartet Eggy, and Chicago-based bass producer/DJ DOGMA.
Acts landing at Three Sisters Park for their first times include acoustic trio/Goose-offshoot Orebolo, Claude VonStroke’s bass alias Barclay Crenshaw, highly-anticipated linkup Kill Safari (Kill The Noise b2b Bro Safari), versatile trap producer Zingara, electronic trio Levity, British producer/DJ and sound design specialist Moody Good, and dubstep queen Austeria.
The lineup is rounded out by acts including Allie Kral, Armchair Boogie, Black Carl!, Brainchild, Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes, DJ Marb Menthols, Formerly The Fox, Jason Leech, Late Night Radio, Moon Hooch, MZG, Old Shoe, Phyphr, Polyrhythmics, Rendr, Saxsquatch, Steady Flow, Sun Stereo, TAND, VCTRE, and Vibeline.
One thing Summer Camp is famous for is its activities. Festivals boast tons to do besides the music, but SCamp is winning in this area. As Solshine Reverie is created by SCamp, we know it will be the best of the best! In addition to its music programming, the Solshine will offer a variety of workshops, food & craft vendors, and activities – the heart and soul of what made Summer Camp a ‘home away from home’ for attendees who returned year after year. In the past, there has been the legendary field day, glass blowing, yoga, etc.
Solshine will also retain Summer Camp’s core ethos of building an inclusive community around music. They are one of the top festivals in the country, to be honest. Through its mission of sustainability, the festival will aim to inspire attendees to live a life of intention and purpose in order to create a positive impact on the world. To capture this spirit, the festival will host the coveted experiential art area The Illumination Woods and the permanent garden SOULPATCH as a dedicated area to increase knowledge of permaculture and sustainability. I am so excited to be back!
Last year, I was heartbroken at the news that SCamp wouldn’t return. Of course, it went out with a bang. I wasn’t sure what this year would bring to the table, but the inaugural Solshine will continue the brand’s longstanding Memorial Day Weekend affair at the breathtaking Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. The private park provides a natural amphitheater and a stunning landscape that create the perfect scenic playground for festival goers to explore. Attendees can also camp within the festival grounds, further elevating the festival’s community-oriented make-up. I personally plan to car camp because I did so last year and won’t go back!
All Solshine tickets will have camping included. There are a variety of additional add-ons available including VIP upgrades as well as RV and car camping spots. The VIP upgrade includes exclusive amenities, access to the Thursday pre-party, VIP camping and viewing areas, VIP lounge, air-conditioned bathrooms, and more. Trust me, car camping for the win!