Words by T. Hays
Photos by Kerri Photography
It was a somewhat soggy, yet completely euphoric weekend in Lone Tree, IA for what would become known as CEXI (or…Camp Euforia 11). Having never had the opportunity to attend a Camp Euforia, I must say first that I was incredibly impressed with the beautiful location, gracious staff and overall positive vibe throughout the weekend. The production was top notch and much better than many larger festivals I’ve been to.
The weekend kicked off late Friday afternoon and slowly ramped up until it’s peak later that evening with Euforquestra’s first headlining set of the weekend. Among the highlights for me were Keller Williams joining them for his song “More Than A Little” (after playing a solo set himself), and an epic jam on the their song “Soup”.
The positive vibes continued into Saturday (despite an overnight downpour) and were highlighted with morning yoga and some acoustic tunes from former Iowa City songwriter Chris Gelbuda. The afternoon included a few guest appearances from Euforquestra guitar player Mike Tallman who sat in with Des Moines bluegrass band Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, and then a bit later with The Kyle Hollingsworth Band. I was also digging reggae/blues trio Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, and yet another one man band Funkmaster.
Rain Saturday night didn’t dampen the spirits too much, which eventually culminated in a massive jam at the barn stage that included members of The Motet, Juno What!? and Euforquestra (and maybe some others).
Overall the weekend was great, and it seemed like the bands were having just as much (maybe even more) fun than all the festival attendees. I think it’s great how Euforquestra puts on this event every year and it was clear to me just how much they still love Iowa. Everything from food vendors, continuous music all day/night, Jerry’s bar, and the rest of the production was perfectly executed.
I will definitely be back, hopefully many more times in the years to come.
Good news….Camp Euforia starts TOMORROW July 11th! Tickets are still on sale (and a better deal if you buy today)….so stop procrastinating. The line-up this year is stellar and includes a double dose of Iowa natives Euforquestra, one man band Keller Williams, dance funksters The Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth (of String Cheese Incident) and about 20 more of your favorite local, regional and national jam bands.
And oh by the way, by enjoying all of this great music you will also be helping to feed the hungry via the Crisis Center of Johnson County! It’s a win win.
We’ll be there in full swing, so be sure to check back after the festival for a recap and lots of photos.
July 11 – 12
Lone Tree, IA
$90 online, $110 at gate
In case you missed it, Dark Star Orchestra will be playing at Val Air Ballroom on June 30th. The “Grateful Dead tribute wizards” (as described by Rolling Stone) have now surpassed the Grateful Dead in number of shows played in just half the time, and faithfully honor the Dead by recreating historic setlists, matching equipment and stage set-up and collaborating with all the heavy hitters on the jam band scene.
The show is all ages, and starts at 8PM. Tickets are $20 at TicketWeb or Val Air box office.
A couple of our favorites are coming to Hoyt Sherman Place and we are giddy about it. Folkies Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids will be in town Sunday November 2nd for an 8PM show. If you missed The Milk Carton Kids show at Vaudeville Mews last Fall (check out our recap here) here is your chance to catch them again. Amazing musicians and an amazing venue.
Tickets go on sale this Friday June 20th at 10AM at all Ticketmaster locations.
It’s been a good couple weeks for Iowa fans of Euforquestra. The band announced the initial line-up for Camp Euforia which takes place July 11-12 in Lone Tree, IA and will include Keller Williams, The Motet, Head for the Hills and many others (including 2 sets from Euforquestra). More details about Camp Euforia can be found at http://www.campeuforia.com/.
The band will also be in Des Moines at Wooly’s on Friday night the 11th. Show starts at 8PM and New Sound Underground will be opening up. Tix are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
It’s clear that they still love Iowa, so let’s show them some love too.
The annual FREE show in Sioux City, IA Saturday In The Park is taking place July 5th, and this year features a pretty stellar line-up. Acts announced so far include: Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Ziggy Marley and The Wild Feathers. More acts to be announced soon.
Des Moines festival 80/35 will be taking place the same weekend, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how the line-ups compare.
Tickets for Saturday In The Park are…..oh yeah, FREE. All you have to do is show up.
Another sign that summer is coming…..the fine folks at Nitefall on the River have just released the initial line-up of shows set to take place at Simon Estes Amphitheater for the 2014 season.
5.24: Blue October
6.6: The Nadas
7.29: Fitz & The Tantrums
Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday at 10AM at Nitefalldsm.com. Many more shows to be announced soon, so stay tuned.