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Memorial Day is traditionally the beginning of summer and summer concert festivals although the actual season does not begin until June 21. Memorial Day is also the date for Summer Camp Music Festival near Peoria, Illinois.

Bonnaroo Music Festival summer concert festivals

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Music festivals I have been to

I have had my share of concert festivals. I have been to Telluride once, Bonnaroo three times, Merlefest twice, and Lollapalooza once. In fact, one year I attended Bonnaroo with friends in Tennessee and then drove across the country to see Telluride by myself.  Lately though I have taken a hiatus from the scene.

Inspired to attend Summer Camp Music Festival

After reading Traveling Savage’s wonderful depiction of the Shetland Folk Fest in Scotland I was inspired to attend another festival. Summer Camp Music Fest is this weekend in Chillicothe, Illinois. I knew of a few friends that were going, so I thought I might tag along.


Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at Bonnaroo Music Festival


Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at Bonnaroo Music Festival


My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo Music Festival

I sent an email to the organizers and asked if they would provide a press pass in return for blogging about the event. To my surprise they agreed, so I will be blogging, photographing, tweeting, stumbling, and rumbling from Summer Camp Music Festival.


The author enjoying a cold one at Bonnaroo


Camping out at Bonnaroo

Summer concert festivals are a great way to travel

Music festivals are a great way to adventure travel.  Camping in the woods with 10,000 other revelers is a great way to have a great time and see some great music.  The costs for the tickets can be high, but the value is worth it when one adds up all the great music they see for one price.  Considering a concert ticket is $20.00- $30.00 and more for the higher drawers then one can come out even in just one day.


Summer concert festivals – Camping in the beautiful town of Telluride

Since I have no pictures from Summer Camp yet, I am posting pictures from Telluride and Bonnaroo to get people in the summer festival frame of mind.


I received a complimentary pass to attend Summer Camp Music Festival. This does not impact this post as the views, opinions, and photos are my own.

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