Floodwood Honors Grateful Dead At Summer Camp Music Festival

This year’s Summer Camp Music Festival, the event’s 15th annual installment, began at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois on Thursday. The first day of Summer Camp typically features a full day of music on all stages except for the main stages and this year’s fest was no different.

[Courtesy of Summer Camp Music Festival / Image by Phierce Photo of FX Media Solutions]

Summer Camp ’15 features a full slate of tributes to the Grateful Dead in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. The first tribute was a performance from Floodwood on Thursday focusing on material from 1970’s Workingman’s Dead and 1971’s American Beauty. “Casey Jones” saw Vinnie Amico step out from behind the kit to lead the band while his moe./Floodwood bandmate Al Schnier took over on drums. Though lyric struggles hampered a small section of “Ripple,” Floodwood turned in a beautiful version of the Dead original. Watch fan-shot footage of the cover thanks to Shinepigeon:

Over at the Red Barn, Turbo Suit held it down with the help of friends including Digital Tape Machine guitarist Marcus Rezak, Natalie Cressman of TAB and Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins and percussionist Andy Farag. Here’s a clip of Cressman, Rezak, Cummins and Farag sitting in with Turbo Suit thanks to Shinepigeon:

Summer Camp Music Festival continues today with performances from Umphrey’s McGee (including a set with Gene Ween), moe., STS9, Trampled By Turtles, Keller Williams & Grateful Grass and many others. Be sure to check out our Grateful Dead 50 tribute -the Songs Of Their Own video series: