Campout For The Cause 2015

  • MAY 22-24, 2015

  • 7TH ANNUAL

  • 600 PEOPLE


PLACE


LOCATION:4 bears

Bond, Colorado: Just west of Vail Valley, Bond provides an intimate location easily accessible from any direction. Just about three hours from Denver or two hours from Grand Junction, the drive is absolutely gorgeous and well worth every minute!


VENUE:5 bears

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Rancho del Rio: Rancho is absolutely perfect for festivals! Cars, camping, and stages are all within five minutes of each other, and its all right along the Colorado River – perfect for rafting, floating, or paddle boarding during the day right back to your campsite! You can camp wherever you like, and don’t forget wood for fire pits!


BASICS


TICKET PRICE:5 bears

Incredible price for an unbelievable weekend of magic and music:

  • Early Bird – $129 + $9.37 fees
  • Regular – $149 + $9.97 fees
  • Camping Early (Thursday night with Bonfire music) – $10 + $3.54 fees
  • RV/Trailer Reserved Parking: $99 + $8.44 fees

 CAMPING:5 bears

You can’t beat the camping set up at Campout. They show you where to park your car when you come in and then you can pitch your tent anywhere. There is a nice field area directly next to the cars, and then you end up on the beach next to the river if you walk further into the grounds. Throughout the campgrounds there are benches and fire pits for you to enjoy, and beautiful views of the river and mountains in any direction.


TRANSPORTATION:3.5 bears

Your choices are mostly limited to driving there. If you are coming from out of state I would fly into Denver or Eagle airports, and then I would rent a car from there and drive the rest of the way. From Denver you would basically just drive west for about 2.5 hours until you hit Wolcott, then its about 14 miles from there to get to State Bridge, and only a couple more miles from there. I love car camping festivals, so for me, this works out perfectly!


SECURITY:5 bears

No security, just some safety guys walking around. No bag check, no car check, just someone looking to see that you had a festival wristband. Perfect 🙂


FESTIPEOPLE:5 bears

Campout brings such an amazing community of beautiful people together. Everyone from the vendors, to the organizers, volunteers, and of course the musicians are magically bonded throughout the weekend.

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Scotty Stoughton, founder of Campout, on stage with triplets during the Bonfire show on Sunday


WEATHER:3 bears

There was quite a bit of rain, and even some hail, but the days were normally sunny and gorgeous! Just be sure to have enough layers for when that sun drops.


HANDLING OF THE WEATHER:4.5 bears

Music was occasionally delayed for lightning, but other than that everything was handled well. The tented stage makes a nice shelter during storms, and there were always fires going to help with the cold.


MUSIC

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DAYTIME SHOWS:5 bears

DSC_0169Campout featured incredible local and regional bluegrass bands for the daytime shows. Some of my favorites were Bonfire, Gipsy Moon, We Dream Dawn, The Lil’ Smokies, The Sweet Lilies, and Old Town Pickers.


5 bearsHEADLINERS:

Grant Farm:

Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), this talented four-piece band is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music, and absolutely rocked the stage Saturday night!

DSC_0500Elephant Revival:

One of my favorites, starring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law, this five-piece band creates magic while on stage. Their music is beautiful and soulful, and the band members are some of the most down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Dustbowl Revival:

Based out of Venice, California, Dustbowl “merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to formDSC_0331 a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it a string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it’s swing-grass or good old Americana, however you spin it, Dustbowl creates and curates infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.”

Gregory Alan Isakov:

Before Campout, I had never heard of Gregory, and his beautiful soulful music was a true treat to the stage. I think he may have been better for a daytime show, as his music was a bit slow for a headliner, but I still enjoyed every minute of it! His songs “hone a masterful quality beyond his years” and “tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.”

Fruition:DSC_0355

Oh boy do I love Fruition! Starring Mimi Naja, this rock and blues band knows just how to get your feet moving – and how to touch my soul!


LATE NIGHT SHOWS:5 bears

Shelp N’ Wolf:
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Starring one of my favorites, Jake Wolf, this Super Jam rocked out ’til the wee hours each night and played everyone’s favorites including Fire On The Mountain and Shakedown Street.

Dead Phish Orchestra:

11334179_543563152451455_5137386649578954645_oA Seamless Web Of Grateful Dead And Phish To Split Open And Melt Your Face: At the last minute Dead Phish was moved from a daytime show to a late night, and what an amazing change that was indeed 🙂

Campfire Jams:

The most magical part of this festival for me, the campfire jams brought the musicians straight to you. Featuring appearances from Mimi Naja, Mike Peterson, Bonnie Paine, Bridget Law, and so many more, the campfire jams are unforgettable.


STAGE SETUP:5 bears

Campout Stage:11136259_543563539118083_5556407393515824700_o

The main stage had some fantastic sound and light shows, as well as a slight slope so you could see from anywhere!

Bonfire11262369_543563092451461_1833586214032535946_o Lounge:

The smaller stage had a couple beer vendors inside and had some fantastic shows in between the main stage shows as well as the late nights.

11334030_543563652451405_430666433302503848_oYoga Garden:

This riverside deck featured different types of 4-6 yoga classes a day, as well as workshops on hand drumming, stand up paddle boarding, healing foods, belly dance, and more.


EXTRAS


COMMUNITY EVENTS:4 bears

Campout was all about the community! With such an intimate event it was easy to build a sense of community immediately. The yoga, belly dancing, drumming, and SUP workshops brought everyone together for more than just the music.


TRIPPY ASPECTS:4 bears

Fractal Tribe is amazing! There was tons of acro yoga, dancing, fire throwing, hooping, and more. Plus the valley itself is the perfect backdrop to any festival.


FOOD VENDORS:5 bears

Phenomenal Falafel and lots of local brews – what more could you want!?


MERCH VENDORS:5 bears

Campout featured amazing festival merchandise as well as some incredible local vendors:

Shakedown Goods:

11053594_543727979101639_3797156205201638243_oJohn and Wesli are two of my favorite vendors! Featuring some of their own artwork are well as amazing work from other friends they meet along the way, this couple brings the best pieces to the lot! Originally from Alabama, but now residing in Colorado, be sure to visit Shakedown Goods at a festival near you!

The Kasb11270491_543745082433262_5928373489336069650_oah:

Jenna is an amazing artist from Glenwood Springs and travels in this gorgeous little shack with her boyfriend and dog selling feathers, hatbands, jewelry and more!


YOGA:5 bears

There were about 3-4 different types of classes every day! The instructors were mostly local, and all of them were super fun, unique, and awesome!

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WORKSHOPS:5 bears

There were lots of great workshop options including yoga, hand drumming, permaculture, natural building, belly dance, healing foods, and SUP (paddle boarding) clinics.


HELP THE ENVIRONMENT:5 bears

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Campout’s cause IS the environment. Campout comes together every year to raise money to help preserve the environment. They donate 100% of the net proceeds to the following non-profit partners:

American Rivers:Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.11.58 AM

Protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.

All Hands:1782061_781163711937121_7259871449554596833_n

All Hands Volunteers is a volunteer-driven, US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy.

EagScreen Shot 2015-05-28 at 11.16.38 AMle Valley Land Trust:

Dedicated to save and protect local land for our people for ages to come.


TOTAL FESTIPOINTS: 93!

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