For the fifth year in a row, Camp Bisco will take place in Mariaville, New York on the rolling fields of the Indian Lookout Country Club from Thursday, July 7th through Saturday, July 9th. At the epicenter of this counter-culture camping crusade, lies a virtual holy grail of electronic jam band glory. Six sets played out by The Disco Biscuits, who have recently been turning up the heat during the beginnings of their summer tour. Long time fans of The Disco Biscuits have been reporting great experiences and set-lists from recent shows, and their intensity will only gain steam going into camp. The Disco Biscuits’ members Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner will also be playing sets with Conspirator, their electronic and dub infused progressive rock side project. Including R.A.Q lead guitarist, Chris Michetti, and drummers Dan Shearer (The New Deal), and Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Conspirator has gained a lot of well-deserved attention during their first tour this summer. (They also played a short notice show at The Blockley in Philadelphia last night. Sneaky bastards.)
Speaking of hippie-bounce jam bands, The Disco Biscuits and their side projects aren’t the only heavy hitters taking the stage at Camp Bisco 2011. Both The New Deal and Lotus will be laying down their best transitions as well. The New Deal recently announced their 2011 tour to be the end of their sparkling 12 year career, and so Camp Bisco X may be the last time many of us will see the three piece, electronic jam titan. Like their fan favorite track says, they will be “Gone, Gone, Gone” after this fall. Where The New Deal may be winding down, Lotus has been wowing neon Ray Ban wearers in increasing numbers across the country. Their highly refined brand of melodic dance rock continues to fill the hottest clubs and festivals across the country from Electric Forrest in Rothbury, Michigan to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
Although, maybe the sonic adventures of progressive electronic rock aren’t necessarily the things that make your face shrivel up like a baby tasting it’s first lemon. How about we drop the “progressive” and the “rock” so we can focus solely on the highly sought after electronic DJs and producers in attendance at Camp Bisco this year. Whether your technological taste buds prefer awe-inspiring, powerful bass or intricate layered sampling soundscapes, there will be a sound of dance music for every last camper. Major touring dubstep acts such as Bassnectar, Skrillex, and Rusko should be well more than enough to keep your “ew” face happy. In the meantime, Pretty Lights, Cut Copy, Wolfgang Gartner, and Shpongle Live will keep your feet rocking and technical mind blown.
This will be Shpongle’s very first full live ensemble in the United States. Concert goers whom may have seen a show with Shpongle on the bill, would be sorely mistaken in thinking the “Shpongletron” is the entirety of Shpongle Live. The psychadelic synthesizer works of Simon Posford (Younger Brother and Hallucinogen) and flute contributions of Raja Ram (The Infinity Project) are accompanied by black-light costumed dancers, a wide range of instruments, and live vocals. Shpongle Live is certainly a major highlight of Camp Bisco’s 10th Anniversary.
Continuing the rare hit parade Camp Bisco is offering for 2011, Death From Above 1979 will be making Indian Lookout Country Club a major stop on their highly anticipated reunion tour. After five years of silence, the iconic dance-punk band, consisting of Jesse F. Keeler (Bass, Synth, Back-up Vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (Drums, Vocals), announced 2011 to be the end of the duo’s artistic feud from their depressing break-up in 2006. A heart felt letter has been written by Grainger, and posted as their band profile at CampBisco.net, stating, “Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.”
Of course, what would Camp be without activities? Just because we’re older kids doesn’t mean we don’t want to play! Camp Bisco is also famous for it’s incorporation of creative sights and games. Color Wars is a major Bisco regular favorite. Friday July 8th will mark the seventh annual competition, pitting members of the Purple, Green, Orange, and Yellow teams against each other in games such as dodge-ball, tug of war, biscuits trivia, the camp ground marathon, and much more. Orange may be the returning victor from Camp Bisco 9, but the coveted grand prize is still in hot pursuit by the remaining three squads. Do you want to join Orange in attempting a glorious repeat, or become a part of Green’s Cinderella dreams? Join a color and compete!
Still not sold on attending Camp Bisco Ten? Do yourself a big favor, and check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with below. The line-up is absolutely one of the most anticipated of the entire festival season. Luckily, if you are truly not able to attend, I will be photographing the entire Camp Bisco 10th Anniversary experience just for you. A full gallery of the weekend’s events, along with an in-depth immersion article, will be posted right here on BlowtheScene.com.