The Hippo


May 28, 2020








Camp-n-Jam Festival VII

When: Friday, July 8, Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10
Where: Page Farm, 46 Sand Hill Road, Croydon
Tickets: $25-$75 at
Friday, July 8
Stage 1
5 p.m. People Skills
6:30 p.m. Pythons In the Mist
8 p.m. Hayley Jane and the Primates
10:30 a.m. Strange Machines
Stage 2
5:45 p.m. The 123’s
7:15 p.m. Amulus
9:15 p.m. Gang of Thieves
Stage 3
6 p.m. Icculus
7 p.m. The Romano Project
Saturday, July 9
Stage 1
12 p.m. Trade
1:45 p.m. Ghost Dinner Band 
3:15 p.m. Them In the Hive
4:45 p.m. Modern Fools
6:15 p.m. The Grebes
7:45 p.m. Roots of Creation
10:30 p.m. Particle
Stage 2
11:30 p.m. Andy Laliotis Band
1 p.m. The Other’ns
2:30 p.m. Hug The Dog
4 p.m. Pat and the Hats
5:30 p.m. The Youngest Sun
7 p.m. The Van Burens
9 p.m. Lespecial
Stage 3
1:20 p.m. Turnsoul
2:25 p.m. Battlestreet
3:30 p.m. Supernothing
4:35 p.m. Moxely Union
5:40 p.m. Bankok Disco
6:45 p.m. BandBand

Rock out in the woods
New home for seventh Camp-n-Jam

By Michael Witthaus

 As the name implies, the Go-Local Camp-n-Jam Festival is a homegrown event that celebrates a cohesive and growing local music scene. It debuted in 2009, and except for 2014, when the venue pulled out in the 11th hour, it’s gone on every year since. For the seventh Camp-n-Jam, the festival has a new home: Page Farm in Croydon. 

The 68-acre working farm began hosting live music events four years ago. It boasts three performing areas, including an ornate covered stage at the end of a cleared field that’s both beautiful and powerful, and open space big enough for up to 2,000 campers. Performers like Brett Wilson, front man for co-headliner Roots of Creation, love it. 
“The hospitality there is amazing,” Wilson said. “The owners traveled around seeing the Grateful Dead for who knows how long, and they’re just great people.”
He said they also contributed to the band’s Pledgemusic campaign, a crowdsourcing effort that was the main funding source for Livin’ Free, a new collection of music released in late April. In addition to a standard 18-track edition, a three disc deluxe collection includes dub and remixed versions of 14 different tracks. 
Livin’ Free features guest appearances from Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band, Sublime’s Ras MG, Rubblebucket, Pato Bantgon, reggae singer Mighty Mystic and others. RoC befriended many in the album’s supporting cast at festivals like Gathering of the Vibes, where they’ve become a mainstay on the circuit during their 11 years as a band.   
The name recognition has helped the new album; it spent a week at No. 1 on the Billboard reggae chart. 
“A bunch of DJs are picking it up and we’re just touring our asses off trying to get the music around,” Wilson said. “My favorite thing has been seeing everybody singing the words to the songs. ... People have been doing their homework. It’s so awesome to look out of the crowd and hear them connecting with the music.” 
Roots of Creation will play the penultimate set at Camp-n-Jam, ahead of jamtronica stalwarts Particle. The band is keen to perform at the festival despite demanding travel challenges. 
“We got an offer to play with Fela Kuti’s son Femi at the Crossroads Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, the day before,” Wilson said. “So we’re going to drive to New York City, hop on a plane, go to Kansas City, play, hop on a plane back, then get our trailer and go play a set at Camp-n-Jam.”
For all their ubiquity on the summer festival scene, this is Roots of Creation’s first Camp-n-Jam. 
That both Wilson and the event’s current organizers hail from Peterborough made it somewhat inevitable — Wilson and co-promoter Cooper Leafe are longtime friends. 
“I think it really took Cooper to make it happen,” Wilson said. 
The festival’s focus continues to be local; all but one of the 29 bands on the bill hail from New England, and most are from New Hampshire. Still, inviting out-of-town bands is a recent innovation. 
L.A.-based headliner Particle is new to the event and new in what they’re doing, Wilson said. 
“They’re the first act to ever really use electronic music with jam band music,” he said. “With Disco Biscuits and Soundtrack Sector Nine, they’re in the beginning of that scene. We’re friends with them and the band leader. He’s a really great guy, and it’s going to be awesome.” 

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