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This Weekend: Camp Art Music Party

July 18, 2012

This coming weekend, only 90 minutes away in quiet little Guerneville, Oakland artists will be putting on the epic event that is C.A.M.P. (Camp Art Music Party). Walking distance from the Russian River and a quaint downtown, C.A.M.P. is both a festival and a mini summer camp experience held on the former site of J’s Amusement Park. Amidst the old school games, river swimming, forest frolicking, dance parties, campfire sing alongs, miniature golf, video installations and face painting, I know what I’ll be doing: drinking beer, roasting s’mores, enjoying some wine country warmth, and hanging out with some awesome people.

Musical highlights this year include former Sonoma County rockers The Rum Diary (reuniting for the first time since 2007) and visiting acts like Abel Cain (France), Bobby Jealousy (Austin, Texas), The Burning of Rome (San Diego) and Whqles (LA). A preview mix of the weekend’s diverse lineup is available for streaming here. Friday evening includes a comedy show featuring local comics Alex White, Alison Stevenson, Cameron Vannini and Miles K. As if that wasn’t enough, some intriguing and mysterious organization called the Cryptoecology Archive & Museum of the Preternatural will be bringing their traveling exhibit to C.A.M.P.

In its second year, C.A.M.P.’s mission is ” to honor the space and the community that is hosting us by fostering a magical weird environment where people can energize, connect and feel liberated.” Conceived by a small group of Bay Area artists, C.A.M.P. is a DIY, volunteer driven, collaborative art experience run and priced for sustainability, not profit. It has been described a a “weird-ass type of hippie-indie-spiritual-DIY-new-age-yoga-craft-rock campout amid the redwoods” by Parks and Records.

Tickets are $50 for one night of camping, or $100 for all 3 nights. Kids are welcome and only cost $15. Tickets include all activities, and campsites all have cool firepits. If you haven’t gotten yourself outdoors yet this summer, get on it!

Show information and all other relevant information can be found here:

For more information on how to get involved at C.A.M.P. please contact Luke Judd at 510.302.9093 or email him at

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