Camplified lit up Fourth of July weekend at Southwooods, Camp Danbee and Camp Iroquois! Cover Drive and Ares Carter are still burning bright on the ticket while some new Camplified faces such as Audio Revival, Ali Isabella, Chuck Threezy, Liam Lis and Sexy Heroes have jumped on the band wagon and rang in the holiday weekend with all those lucky campers who are still seeing stars! Laura Petway, Office Manager at Southwoods, says “We loved the camplified visit! The kids are still talking about how fabulous it was!”
We the people agree that there’s nothing more patriotic than summer camp. An American tradition passed down by our fore fathers—and if our fore fathers had You Rock Guitars, DJ lessons from pros, and screaming fans louder than any fireworks, we’re pretty sure they’d keep that going too!
A lot of camps on the East Coast have been around for a long, long time. Audio Revival couldn’t believe that Camp Iroquois had been around since 1934! The band had a strong tie to their Camp Iroquois performance: “Chad & Jake’s Mom used to train the horses there when she was in high school. And our Dad used to attend as a young lad” Chad Flaherty tells us. “But we had no idea that it had been around for so long!”
Sexy Heroes were also touched by their Camp Danbee experience–”We were impressed to learn that Camp Danbee hosted a free camp for children of 9/11 victims. They have a nice building with memorials and memorabilia from the campers and from the World Trade Center.” Now that’s patriotism! In fact, summer camps all over are reaching out again to support victims of Hurricane Sandy.
So to keep those good vibes coming and keeping up American traditions, here’s some of the ways we paid tribute to the red, white and blue this Independence Day: Camplified style.
Give us your spirit, you energy and enthusiasm: Cover Drive, our out-of-towners spent their first Fourth of July experience ever out on the tour. What did they think of it? “Our first 4th of July was super exciting. So much spirit and energy! We loved seeing the stars and the blue, red and white everywhere and on everyone,” Kerrie, the bands manager, says. “We didn’t get to see any fireworks but playing the gig that night with all of that 4th of July energy definitely made up for it!”
Singer Ali Isabella also notes the campers did seemed to love celebrating the fourth, but they also had a deep appreciation for other cultures: “One thing that I learned about Southwoods campers is that they really enjoy singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. Lady Liberty would be proud!
Land of the Free and home of the brave. Very brave: You’d think all that cheering and screaming may scare off some of the new Camplified performers, but they dug it! “They were definitely screaming at certain points which got us really amped up. The campers have just been such a great crowd. They instantly will start clapping, jumping around and cheering when the music calls for it.” Chad, from Audio Revival says. Ali also seemed to enjoy the big concert vibe: “They were all screaming, dancing, jumping up and down, and singing along to every song…. It’s definitely a really fun atmosphere!”
Ask not what you can do for your audience, but what your audience can do for you: Audio Revival, who’s used to playing at clubs and bars, was blown away by the pure energy “It just seemed like they all were so excited to be there and we could really feel their energy. They were entertaining us just as much as we were them.” Ali agrees, finally being able to play for an audience she was hoping to reach, “At camp, I’m able to interact with the kids and get to know them before performing later in the day. I usually perform at places where kids aren’t necessarily allowed in, so to be able to finally perform somewhere where there are kids around my age is really great.”
Life, Learning Live Music, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Our fellow campers got the chance to learn from the best of ‘em! A unique aspect to the tour that Ares Carter really liked, “I really enjoyed teaching so many different kinds of kids the art of DJ-ing. It was really inspiring to see such young kids get really into it.” Ali felt the same, as Camplified was giving young kids what could have been their first live music experience, “I think it was especially fun for the younger campers because some of them have probably never experienced or gone to a concert before – it was really cute to see them all excited about it and dancing around.”
This week, we’re off to Camp Frank A. Day YMCA Camp, and then on to World Sports Camp, and on to Bridgewater JCC Camp Ruach! We’ll also hit up Pierce Day Camp and then YMCA Southcoast! And finally Camp Kinder Ring! It’s going to be a busy one, so give those crazy creeks a rest and get ready to be on your feet!
Hope everyone had a safe and Happy Fourth of July weekend!