Summer Camp Music Festival 2017 late night performance. Photo provided.
Summer Camp Music Festival 2017 late night performance. Photo provided.

Intimate Sets of Live Music in the Red Barn

Since 2003, the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois has held late night performances in the Red Barn. The festival organizers have recently released the lineup for their late night performers including EOTO, Pretty Lights, The Floozies and more keeping the music going take into the night.

When I first attended the event in 2003, I was in awe of the late night madness. After Moe. wrapped their set on the main stage, the crowd migrated back to their campsites, as well as to various other locations throughout the festival grounds.


Since I was planning on sleeping in my car for the evening, I toured Three Sisters Park for the first time at night. In 2003, the lighting for the walkways was minimal. Without a map, or knowledge of the area where music would be playing, I followed a crowd of people to a large Red Barn.

Outside of the barn was a line of 20-50 people with tickets waiting to see Umphrey’s McGee. I walk up to the doorman, and inquired if I can buy a ticket to the late night show. He said yes, and sold me a ticket for $20. I stood back in line, and waited to be let in the building.

Once the doors opened, I walked around a large open building with one large fan setup to control the temperature. After waiting inside for about 20-30 minutes, UM took the stage. It marked my first time seeing one of their live performances.

This year, Umphrey’s McGee returns to the Red Barn to showcase their latest side project with the instrumental band from New York known as TAUK.

Watch over videos featuring musicians performing late night at Summer Camp Music Festival 2017.

Grab tickets to the event via their main website. Stay connected with Summer Camp on social media to find out the remaining act to be announced for late night.

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.