ROAD TRIP: VIP Campfire Jam II

Posted by  | November 28, 2012  at 9:09 PM  

Larry Keel & Toubab Krewe
November 1, 2012, I said sayonara to Romney, Ryan, Sandy, et al. as I packed up the Mini, unplugged from the real world, and found myself southbound on I-81 for VIP Campfire Jam II. Held at Stoney Creek Resort in Greenville, VA, this Big Poppa Productions event was the perfect way to close out the 2012 festival season. I left VIP Campfire Jam II with almost enough of that post-festival feeling to tide me over 'til the spring thaw.

Was it cold? Most definitely. Did my toothpaste freeze? You better believe it. Did I care? Not in the least. From the second I saw Larry Keel clad in pirate gear and his wife Jenny dressed proudly as Lady Liberty, I knew it was going to be both a wonderful weekend and a weekend full of wonders.


As Thursday night's bands were warming up, VIP guests (which at this festival is everyone) migrated toward the heated tent which housed the main stage. However, in order to enter said heated tent, festival-goers first had to pass through a tunnel lined with black light 3D paintings by AEB Creative Works. No matter how many times I traversed the tunnel, I always found myself stopping to stare at something new. Adding to what was already a very colorful experience, Thursday night you were the odd man out if you weren't wearing a costume. Even the bands for the evening were decked out--instead of Larry Keel and LEATHal Matter it was more Peg Leg Larry and LEATHal Mario. True, it was the night after Halloween, but would that really have even mattered?

 
Masquerade mayhem is tough to top, but Friday's festivities did not fail. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked things off on Friday and they never fail to make a fashion statement ;) Their early afternoon set gave night owls a chance to catch some slumber before they flocked to the stage as the first strains of Funk E. Zekial filled the brisk mountain air. The birds were followed by the blues (or something like it) as People's Blues of Richmond took the stage, and from there it was a steady stream of amazing music including more Larry Keel and LEATHal Matter. As Friday segued into Saturday, the music never really stopped. At the VIP Campfire Jam, it was guaranteed that at any hour of the day, whether on stage, by a campfire, or in a cabin, someone was playing some tunes.

Every night (or early morning as was often the case) as I cocooned myself into my sleeping bag, I fell asleep thinking nothing could possibly top that day's experiences, but then every day brought something even better. Saturday's musical line-up was astounding: David Via, Danny Knicely, more Nate Leath, Rolling Green (who had the most a-mazing rugs on stage), Toubab Krewe (more crazy percussion instruments than you could shake a stick at [pun intended]), Acoustic Syndicate (wow), and then there was Larry Keel on stage with everyone! At one point I counted around 17 people on stage--tell me that isn't insane in the most brilliant way possible?!


VIP Campfire Jam II, was better than any VIP experience I've ever had, even rivaling the Special Guest Pass I won to Bonnaroo 2007. VIP Campfire Jam was a place where lobsters were flown in from Maine, frosty beverages were topped with glitter sprinkles, and introductions were paired with a hug instead of a handshake. After my weekend at VIP Campfire Jam II, even Monday morning didn't look so scary; although, it probably helped that my inbox was freshly filled with Facebook requests from all my new friends. :)

For a more musical, band-by-band review, check out Becca Cranwell's post over on the Appalachian Jamwich blog: http://www.appalachianjamwich.com/2012/11/19/vip-campfire-jam-review/

For more of my pictures from VIP Campfire Jam II, CLICK HERE.


P.S. Be sure to check out Milky Wave Tie-Dye for some really amazing pieces! I snagged a couple of his tie-dyed bandanas that I will most definitely be sporting at festivals all summer long :)

P.P.S. Because you can never get enough Larry Keel, be sure to catch him on Friday, November 30, at Opera House Live in Shepherdstown and on Friday, December 14, at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va!

9 comments:

Reed George said...

Beautiful work, Richele! Hope to see you at another show soon!

Reed
creativeobjective.com

Richele Cole said...

Thanks Reed and from the looks of all the great shows coming up, I'm sure our paths will cross soon!

mao qiuyun said...

michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
coach handbags, http://www.coachhandbagsoutletonline.us.com/
mulberry outlet, http://mulberryoutlet.outlet-store.co.uk/
cheap wedding dresses, http://www.cheap-weddingdresses.net/
gucci, http://www.borseguccioutlet.it/
true religion jeans, http://www.truereligionjeansoutlet.com/
ralph lauren uk, http://www.ralphlauren-outletonline.co.uk/
christian louboutin uk, http://www.christianlouboutinoutlet.org.uk/
cheap jordans, http://www.cheapjordanshoes.in.net/
michael kors outlet, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
michael kors handbags, http://www.michaelkorshandbags.in.net/
louis vuitton bags, http://www.louisvuittonbag.us.com/
thomas sabo uk, http://www.thomassabos.co.uk/
nike trainers, http://www.niketrainers.me.uk/
soccer jerseys, http://www.soccerjerseys.us.com/
hermes outlet, http://www.hermesoutletstore.us.com/
tory burch outlet, http://www.toryburch.in.net/
oakley sunglasses, http://www.oakley.in.net/
air jordan shoes, http://www.airjordanshoes.us.org/
the north face clearance, http://www.thenorthfaceclearances.us.com/
ralph lauren uk, http://www.ralphlaurenoutletuk.org.uk/
louis vuitton, http://www.borselouisvuittonoutlet.it/
jordan shoes, http://www.jordan-shoes.us.com/
ugg boots, http://www.uggbootscheap.eu.com/
chanel handbags, http://www.chanelhandbags-outlet.us.com/
kobe shoes, http://www.kobeshoes.us/
cheap mlb jerseys, http://www.cheapmlbjerseys.net/
oakley, http://www.occhialioakleyoutlets.it/
0923maoqiuyun

oakleyses said...

oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, ugg boots, chanel handbags, nike air max, longchamp, christian louboutin outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, replica watches, tory burch outlet, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, louboutin shoes, jordan shoes, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, replica watches, kate spade outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, nike free, tiffany jewelry, michael kors outlet, uggs on sale, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, prada handbags, louis vuitton, burberry, burberry outlet online, gucci outlet

oakleyses said...

nike blazer, michael kors, nike free run uk, nike air max, true religion jeans, true religion jeans, air jordan pas cher, nike air max, ralph lauren uk, timberland, air max, nike roshe, tn pas cher, louboutin pas cher, true religion outlet, vans pas cher, coach outlet, hermes, ralph lauren pas cher, nike free, coach purses, michael kors, oakley pas cher, mulberry, hollister pas cher, lacoste pas cher, new balance pas cher, ray ban pas cher, vanessa bruno, burberry, hollister, michael kors, kate spade handbags, coach outlet, abercrombie and fitch, lululemon, coach factory outlet, nike roshe run, north face, nike air max, ray ban uk, michael kors, true religion jeans, converse pas cher, north face, air force, hogan, sac longchamp, longchamp pas cher, sac guess

oakleyses said...

ferragamo shoes, iphone 6s plus cases, babyliss, longchamp, reebok shoes, nike trainers, asics running shoes, oakley, iphone 5s cases, celine handbags, hollister, nfl jerseys, jimmy choo shoes, birkin bag, iphone 6s cases, iphone cases, mcm handbags, bottega veneta, giuseppe zanotti, iphone 6 plus cases, abercrombie and fitch, p90x workout, beats by dre, herve leger, north face outlet, instyler, louboutin, soccer jerseys, lululemon, nike roshe, s5 cases, timberland boots, mac cosmetics, soccer shoes, valentino shoes, insanity workout, vans shoes, hollister, ralph lauren, wedding dresses, ipad cases, chi flat iron, north face outlet, iphone 6 cases, nike air max, ghd, mont blanc, baseball bats, new balance, nike huarache

oakleyses said...

ugg pas cher, vans, moncler, moncler, canada goose, louis vuitton, ugg boots uk, canada goose, toms shoes, doudoune canada goose, moncler, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, ugg australia, juicy couture outlet, moncler, supra shoes, doke gabbana outlet, gucci, karen millen, moncler outlet, hollister, moncler, hollister, canada goose, louis vuitton, ray ban, marc jacobs, pandora jewelry, michael kors outlet online, moncler, swarovski crystal, pandora jewelry, wedding dresses, thomas sabo, moncler, bottes ugg, sac louis vuitton pas cher, nike air max, barbour, barbour jackets, pandora charms, canada goose outlet, canada goose uk, michael kors outlet, converse outlet, links of london, canada goose outlet, pandora charms, canada goose

Gege Dai said...

20151120xiaodaige
chanel outlet store
louis vuitton bags
ray-ban sunglasses
new orleans saints
nike air max uk
adidas wings shoes
ed hardy clothing
tory burch outlet
ugg boots uk
basketball shoes,basketball sneakers,lebron james shoes,sports shoes,kobe bryant shoes,kobe sneakers,nike basketball shoes,running shoes,mens sport shoes,nike shoes
ugg outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
washington redskins
rolex uk
cheap nfl jersey
cheap jordans
michael kors factory online
los angeles lakers
kobe bryants shoes
lululemon pants
ray-ban sunglasses
valentino outlet
ugg boots
tommy hilfiger
michael kors uk outlet
michael kors outlet online
links of london jewellery
adidas outlet
seattle seahawks
tiffany and co
abercrombie and fitch
cheap nba jerseys
cheap ray ban sunglasses
mulberry outlet store
coach outlet online
phone cases

Meiqing Xu said...

michael kors outlet
ralph lauren
discount oakley sunglasses
omega watches
louis vuitton handbags
hermes belt
coach outlet
north face jackets
nike air max 90
under armour outlet
ralph lauren outlet
kobe shoes
nike air force 1
coach outlet
tiffany and co
cartier watches
fitflops
adidas nmd
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
lacoste polo shirts
puma shoes
hollister clothing store
tory burch outlet
nike running shoes
coach purses on sale
yeezy boost 350
dolce and gabbana outlet
michael kors bags
louboutin outlet
fitflops shoes
michael kors outlet clearance
discount ray ban sunglasses
zhuo20160709

Post a Comment