Camp Jam 2008


Burnin Ones
While gearing up for the release of their new album, Travel Along (March. 11), The Burnin Smyrnans are proud to announce the lineup for their 3rd annual Camp Jam Festival at Crooked Tree Farms, April 18-20 in Lacochee, FL. The festival, which includes two nights of performances by the Burnin Smyrnans, also features SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army, Boombox, SeepeopleS, Strut, The Heavy Pets, Laura Reed & Deep Pocket and many more. With 72 acres of secluded land, plenty of great camping, two stages and 28 bands, the festival promises to be one of the more memorable musical events taking place in the Southeast this year.

"We are very excited about this year's festival, which will be bigger and better than ever. We took a lot of time and effort to put together a line up of artists and bands that we thought were out there making original music. I think it will be a well rounded musical event with something for everyone," says Jeff White, festival organizer and bassist for the Burnin Smyrnans.

Before hosting Camp Jam, the Burnin Smyrnans will be on tour throughout the Southeast leading up to the festival, sharing their fiery brand of roots based psychedelic funk and dub rock. Check out their MySpace Page and find tour dates HERE.


SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army)
The Burnin Smyrnans- *2 nights*
The Heavy Pets
Shak Nasti
The Nature Kids
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket
Strange Design
Madd Illz and Sps
Brother Bean
Sci Fi
Roman Alexander and The Robbery
Green Hit
Micah Shalom and The Babylonians
The Absinthe Trio
The Savi Fernandez Band
Black Eyed Susan
Fusebox Funk
The Mantras
Made Of Hemp
Umoja Orchestra
South Side Dub
First Hit

[Published on: 3/6/08]

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cam0083 starstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 08:45AM
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anyone know any of these bands????

strb starstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 08:52AM
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Alot of Fla Jam Bands, If I was in the area I would possibly go. Music, camping and chilling is never a bad thing.

folly210 Thu 3/6/2008 09:03AM
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Great Festival!

A few great Asheville Bands mixed with some some of Flordia's finest. The southeast scene with the Flordia's scene is a breath of freh air in the festival world

folly210 Thu 3/6/2008 09:04AM
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Strange Design recreates Phish shows

happydestiny Thu 3/6/2008 09:16AM
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SeepeopleS and boombox both can get down

mojofolk Thu 3/6/2008 09:38AM
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I wish I lived closer to Florida... SeepeopleS and Boombox would be great late night fun

windorascrub Thu 3/6/2008 09:46AM
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SOJA is a great reggae band. their album Peace in a Time of War is one of my favorite reggae discs right now out of about 300 that i own.

rastafool Thu 3/6/2008 09:54AM
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SOJA is a great band to see, they are always fun. white guys with dreads singing great original reggae tunes.

phishr82 Thu 3/6/2008 09:56AM
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boombox is a good time, dont know any of the others though

NRSingh starstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 10:01AM
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"SOJA is a great band to see, they are always fun. white guys with dreads singing great original reggae tunes"

This is exactly why they are an abomination to music. Please, white boys singing about Jah? In Rasta accents? Are you kidding me? They've completely hi-jacked someone's culture. I can't stand these guys.

desert_drifter Thu 3/6/2008 10:24AM
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NRSingh - do you realize that rock and roll in general, the blues and jazz were created by african americans? are we "hi-jacking" their culture when we see any of the (white) bands discussed on jambase? everyone who creates music was inspired by someone else and if we did not have an open mind by listening to music from other people's cultures, white people would be stuck with polka and the waltz only....

please don't take this as a personal attack, just listen to these bands before you are sickened by their music.


welfpack Thu 3/6/2008 10:25AM
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NRSingh you are retarded. SOJA is good stuff. They address your stance on what they are doing in their music and handle it pretty well. Boombox is awesome as well. sorry for the negativity.

NRSingh Thu 3/6/2008 10:38AM
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Deklen Thu 3/6/2008 10:50AM
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folly210 Thu 3/6/2008 11:12AM
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I think they add to a good weekend of music.

mandoman2 Thu 3/6/2008 11:15AM
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SeepeopleS are awesome! The Heavy Pets, Strut and Laura Reed and Deep Pocket are all killer bands!

garriswh Thu 3/6/2008 11:19AM
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is this fest seriously 50 bucks per day? seems a little steep

Nasty Nate starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 11:21AM
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Nasty Nate

I agree as well. I DJ reggae. I do not wear red gold green, because I am not a Rasta. I do not wear Black Green Yellow, because I am not Jamaican. That is one of my peeves as well. It does not matter if you are black or white. If you are praising Ras Tafari you are a hippocrite if you are drunk at a show. Then go home and have a big peice of meet.

As for white boy reggae there is nothing wrong with it. If you praise Ras Tafari you'd better know that Emmanuel Haile Selassie was a savior to these people, and get your culture straight. Not because you smoke weed and think its cool.

folly210 Thu 3/6/2008 11:32AM
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garriswh- its $50 for all 3 days

NRSingh Thu 3/6/2008 12:14PM
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welfpack whered you go? Call someone retarded, then exit quickly. classy brah.

freetime3 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 12:15PM
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Loving the smaller, home grown festies getting some press. Although I do enjoy one, maybe two BIG fests a year, the smaller ones is where its at for my money. BOOMBOX is a great time!!!! Soo much fun.

AZ~*Droo* starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 02:01PM
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OMG!! this guy goldfingerdj seriously thinks that vegetarianism is an aspect of the rastafari religion!! BWAAHAHAHAHAHA!! i guess you have never been to jamaica and seen what "rastas" eat! ever heard oh dutty gal or ghetto steak? i dont think so, u guys crack me up...keep em coming. LISTEN TO GROUNDATION!!!

tgratefulapple Thu 3/6/2008 02:59PM
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soja is a great band,they have put out two great cds back to back .just because they are white shouldnt have anything to do with it.just because they beleive in religion that is formed by mostly black isn't that big of a deal. would you hate on someone that switched different religions besides this one and choose to express in there music. thats fuckin stupid.

folly210 Thu 3/6/2008 03:05PM
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This festival is about music and having a great weekend

Nasty Nate Thu 3/6/2008 03:23PM
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Nasty Nate Thu 3/6/2008 03:26PM
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stressfreejeffrey starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 03:54PM
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3 Day Passes Are only $50 bux until april 1st then they go up to $65 for 3 ay / $50 for 2 day and $25 for sunday only. Can't wait to see everybody getting down in Lacoochee !!!!!

Grateful Red Thu 3/6/2008 04:13PM
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Grateful Red

Heavy Pets are the get down!!!

Innaheights starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/6/2008 05:27PM
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Its good to see a festival with relatively low ticket prices.

as for the whitebwoy reggae comments. Anyone ever hear of Collie Buddz? he gets respect in the dancehall community. same with Rocker-T. There is a lot of great stuff that Jambase doesn't mention. now if anyone is "hijacking" reggae music, I would say it is Matisyahu.

I can agree thought that a lot of people that rock the red, gold, and green don't fully understand where the movement comes from. but thats not for anyone else to call out. I 'n I self is my most important relationship. The light of jah is available to everybody. Its not what you call something, that makes it what it is. Babylon system wants us to be divided. ONE LOVE.

Jah Bless the electronic media

Fire 'pon de Backbiter dem

'nuff respect


luvly life Thu 3/6/2008 05:54PM
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BoomBox is worth the cost of admission alone on this event!

Grateful Dread Thu 3/6/2008 11:24PM
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Grateful Dread

NR Singh and Deklen- Religion is all in our minds. Some people choose to be Christian, some people choose to be Muslim, some Jewish, and on and on. The young, white men in SOJA happen to have chosen to be Rastafarian. Does the fact that they're not black give them any less right to sing the songs of their chosen faith? Does your skin color have to match the majority in order to share in the group ethos? I don't see how they're hijacking a culture simply by being part of it.

Goldfinger DJ- I agree with some of what you're saying with the hypocrisy thing. However, I don't agree that you have to be a Rasta to rock some red, gold, and green. I personally am an Atheist. I learn lessons from many different religions but don't subscribe fully to any of them. However, I sometimes wear the colors because I respect the symbols: red for the blood shed to preserve Ethiopia and Ethiopians, gold for the sun that provides for all, and green for good ole Mother Earth. Is every person that you see wearing an FDNY hat really a New York firefighter? No, they just respect and appreciate them and show it by wearing the symbol. I do agree with you though that some people see red, gold and green and just assume that it means you smoke weed .

I would encourage anyone reading this thread to listen to the SOJA song "Can't Tell Me" off their latest album Get Wiser.

One Love.

steve719 Fri 3/7/2008 04:33AM
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The Heavy Pets are the band to catch here...these guys are solid....great jams and solid vocals...

extrakrispy420 Fri 3/7/2008 06:24AM
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STRUT !!!!!!!!!! BOOMBOX !!!!!!!!!!!!! Nuff said .......

extrakrispy420 Fri 3/7/2008 06:29AM
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Oh yeah ...... Check out Laura Reed & Deep Pocket super good music from Asheville NC and she's not to bad on the eyes either ....... Wink

patrick4 Fri 3/7/2008 08:34AM
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S.O.J.A., seepeoples , and boombox !!!! i Know this will be a blast!!

cant wait!!

AZ~*Droo* Fri 3/7/2008 09:02AM
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"To touch meat is to touch death. This is a violation of violation of the Nazirite oath."

-hmmm, in which tribe? just wondering since a huge traditional ital dish is curried GOAT!

totalot Fri 3/7/2008 09:21AM
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Not into Phish mini me (Heavy Pets) at all...could not agree more with the Greenhaus review ( ) BoomBox and SeePeoples are the bands to see at this fest without a doubt.

phi2thelip starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/7/2008 10:11AM
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SOJA were brought up in the rasta community of DC, they are accepted and even encouraged to spread the word of JAH.... quit hating

Kindskatz Sat 3/8/2008 03:40PM
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Heavy Pets kinda sound like Phish but in a good way, they're like an old school jamband or something, the kind of band JamBase used to cover when they first started. The real catch of this festy is Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, I highly recommend you seek their music and live show out, you won't be sorry.

wilso420 starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/9/2008 11:25AM
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people have the right to pick any religion they want it doesnt matter where there from or what the color of there skin is i've seen SOJA before and they put on an awesome show so quit hating Boombox is also sick its Donna Jeans son and a DJ

dakind1 starstar Mon 3/10/2008 04:28PM
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BROTHER BEAN is the band to see in my eyes. They are turning out great performances every time on the stage.

copy and paste the links and see....


Audio: <-- Set 3, Dive Jam & Electric Ave have a sax sitting in


mermaid3 starstarstar Tue 3/11/2008 09:05AM
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I know Boombox. Its zion godchaux. (son of Kieth and Donna of the grateful dead) He plays guitar and has a dj on stage with him. Seen them a zillion times at nelson ledges quarry park. although they werent the main lure still emerged from the woods to see'em time and again and it's worth the walk.

Deucesturf Tue 3/11/2008 05:18PM
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How come no shout outs for the Smyrnans, they're hosting this fest and are a damn hard working band, glad to see that camp jam is still going on, now if florida were only closer...

pheelinphine79 Wed 3/12/2008 11:37AM
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Brother Bean.

STRUT starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/16/2008 06:07AM
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CAMP JAM!!!! much love to the Burnin Smyrnans for all the hard work...see you down there

cavemandan Wed 3/19/2008 03:39PM
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yeah so now we need to have right skin tone to sing certain lyrics...what if white guy no dreads sings reggae with british accent?....what if black guy with dreads sings phish covers in new york accent?.... what if guy has black mom white dad but sings spanish music?..... what if asian guy with dreads turns Jewish and does dead covers as a rap tune?..... what if woman with hips that do lie sings shakira covers?.... i need the ground rules please... so now we are a bunch of racist hippies?.. our skin tone and hair style and length have to match the music and accent?... who makes up these rules?

butterfly24 Fri 3/21/2008 08:10PM
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come onn people.. wheres the love? whoever was hating on SOJA.. you know theyre good. if you dont like them, then you dont deserve to wacth or listen to them because what they are about is love and accepting one for who they are. DUH! its not about where your born or what you look like that says what music you sing..

whatever, IM excited to see them :) and along with everyone else there. BOOMBOX is sick!

SAMLAR Fri 4/11/2008 05:12AM
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OH SOJA is SO JAGOOD!!! My roommate turned me onto them when I was at UNC-A and then I heard them the other night on the PA at the AKA Lounge before this sick Orlando band called DIOCIOUS came on.

I can honestly say that STRUT is excellent. I saw these guys a few times while I lived in Asheville and they rock.

dinkstar Tue 4/29/2008 09:32AM
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Boombox was sick! STRUT brought the heat. Seepeoples was probably my favorite of the weekend....goodtimes.

jfk420 Mon 2/16/2009 12:02PM
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This is going to be a great weekend. They have felt the electric jam jam psychodel funk techo jam dub-downtempo,and dead style jam new wave and grasped it. This will be and excellent fest. let me know if anyone is driving down from jacksonville.