Eufórquestra is the host band at Camp Euforia. They have been helping to organize and play the event since it's inception in 2004. Eufórquestra is an act at Camp that needs almost no introduction. Each year they play both Friday and Saturday night and consistently feature a range of special guests that helps to highlight the true depth of music that the band can create. Through this Eufórquestra has been instrumental in shaping the tradition and community that is Camp Euforia.
For the 15th year in a row Camp Euforia is proud to present...
Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com).
Eufórquestra’s fifth full-length record, FIRE, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band’s already cohesive sound that is “tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision.” (Jeremy Frazier; Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.
With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band’s top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, “...the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best...”
They’ve become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports - nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice. Turkuaz is a rock band at its core that blends soulful sounds with potent funk grooves. Since hitting the road in 2012, Turkuaz have released a handful of albums, canvassed the US more times over, and continue to gather devoted listeners along the way. A quickly addictive pulse coupled with a reputation for their trademark “Powerfunk” sound has earned steadily growing attention across the nation. Just over the past two years, the band has made impactful appearances at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Lock'n, Mountain Jam, and have been filling rooms coast to coast from Terminal 5 in New York to The Fillmore in San Francisco. Drawing from the conventions that have ignited their existence and using that spark to forge its own sword, Turkuaz is a band that will make anyone move to their familiar beat, yet stay intrigued by an ability to explore its own complex character comprised of nine striking personalities.
Jay Cobb Anderson (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica) / Kellen Asebroek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) / Mimi Naja (vocals, mandolin, electric & acoustic guitar) / Jeff Leonard (bass) / Tyler Thompson (drums, banjo)
On their fifth full-length, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transform pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before—and their sonic palette more daringly expansive—the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power.
“The songs are mostly breakup songs,” says Asebroek. “There was love and now it’s gone—we fucked it up, or some outside circumstance brought it to an end. It’s about dealing with all that but still having hope in your heart, even if you’re feeling a little lost and jaded.”
In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producer/mixer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, case/lang/veirs) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the sublime harmonies the band first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart also finds Fruition more fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities and bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’ve been a band almost ten years now, and we’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.
Recorded in ten days at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Watching It All Fall Apart came to life with the same kinetic urgency found in Fruition’s live sound. “It’s kind of an impossible task, this idea of transmuting the live energy into something you can play on your stereo, but I feel like this record comes close to that,” says Asebroek. At the same time, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”
On lead single “I’ll Never Sing Your Name,” that unrestrained creativity manifests in a fuzzed-out, gracefully chaotic track complete with sing-along-ready chorus. Built on brilliantly piercing lyrics (“And all those kisses that you were blowing/Somehow they all got blown right out”), the song echoes the album’s emotional arc by painfully charting the journey from heartache to acceptance. “It’s about going through a breakup, moping around, and then finally getting to the point where it’s like, ‘Okay—I’m done with feeling this way now,’” says Anderson.
Throughout Watching It All Fall Apart, the band’s let-the-bad-times-roll mentality reveals itself in ever-shifting tones and moods. On the stark and sleepy “Northern Town,” Naja’s smoldering vocals channel the ache of longing, the track’s twangy guitar lines blending beautifully with its swirling string arrangement. One of the few album cuts to have already appeared in Fruition’s setlist, “There She Was” sheds the heavy funk influence of its live version and gets reimagined as a shimmering, soulful number documenting Asebroek’s real-life run-in with an ex at a local bar. Meanwhile, “Turn to Dust” emerges as a weary but giddy piece of psych-pop chronicling the end of a failed romance. The song’s opening lyric also lends the album its title, which partly serves as “a commentary on the general state of the world today,” according to Asebroek. “Even if you’re mostly an optimistic person, it’s hard not to feel down when you look at all the insanity happening right now,” he says.
While those unflinchingly intimate breakup songs form the core of Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition infuse an element of social commentary into songs like “FOMO” as well. Written on the Fourth of July, with its references to wasted white girls and cocaine cowboys, the mournful yet strangely reassuring track unfolds as what Anderson calls “an anti-party party song.”“It’s about one of those situations where you said you’d go to party but you really don’t want to go, because you know it’s going to be the same old bullshit,” he says. “The song is a call to defuse that guilt in your brain.” And on the sweetly uplifting “Let’s Take It Too Far,” the band offers one of the album’s most purely romantic moments by paying loving tribute to music as solace and salvation (“But don’t you worry ’bout dyin’/’Cause there’s no better way to go/We’ll sing until we’re out of honey/Then pour the gravel down our throats”).
From song to song, Fruition display the dynamic musicality they’ve shown since making their debut with 2008’s Hawthorne Hoedown LP. Through the years, the band has evolved from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock act, eventually taking the stage at such major festivals as Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass (a set that inspired Rolling Stone to praise their “raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy”). Following the release of 2016’s Labor of Love, Fruition again made the rounds at festivals across the U.S., prompting Rolling Stone to feature the band on its “8 Best Things We Saw” at DelFest 2016.
In choosing a closing track for Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition landed on “Eraser”—a slow-building, gently determined epic delivering a quiet message of hope in its final line: “Let it help you heal.”“Because there’s so much heartbreak on this album, we wanted to end on Kellen singing that last line very sweetly,” explains Anderson. “The whole point of having all these sad songs is helping people to let those emotions out—and then hopefully when they get to the end, they feel a little better about everything they’ve gone through along the way.”
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genrebending romps and high-octane performances.
Roger Lewis - Baritone Sax/Vocals
Kevin Harris - Tenor Sax/Vocals
Gregory Davis - Trumpet/Vocals
Kirk Joseph - Sousaphone
TJ Norris - Trombone/Vocals
Julian Addison - Drums
Takeshi Shimmura - Guitar
Middle Western is a supergroup featuring some of the Midwest's greatest musicians. Featuring William Elliott Whitmore (guitars,vocals), David Zollo (keyboards,vocals), Stephen "The Kid" Howard (electric guitar,bass guitar), Stevie Doyle (electric guitars,bass guitar) & Brian Cooper (drums,percussion), this group of souls have been getting together and play select shows in between their other projects since 2015. While William Elliott Whitmore and David Zollo have graced the Camp Euforia stage in the past, this will be the first time they'll play together as Middle Western. A special treat to have them back for Camp Euforia's 15th Anniversary!
Middle Western's debut album, When You're Demons Are Underground and You've Got to Dig Them Up is due out this spring!
Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings. Featuring Miles Nielsen (Vocals, Guitar), Daniel James McMahon (Guitar, Vocals), Adam Plamann (Keys, Horns, Vocals), Dave McClellan (Bass, Vocals) and Jeff Werckle (Drums)
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Chicago Afrobeat Project
The story of Chicago Afrobeat Project begins a short 15 years ago.
In 2002, a group of musicians sharing a common interest in West African rhythms met to jam in a West side artist loft on Chicago’s Lake Street. Quickly they realized that mixing afrobeat with Chicago house, indie rock, hip-hop, or jazz opened new avenues for experimentation. Something clicked. The group had found a collective calling.
Fast-forward 15 years, hundreds of tour dates, and four studio releases, and the group has found ways of interpreting afrobeat through American urban sounds. Through it all, CAbP has been at the center of the emergence of the North American afrobeat scene. In its newest release, What Goes Up(September 29, 2017) the band features special guest and legendary innovative drummer Tony Allen, as well as many Chicago vocalists and MCs.
Allen, once exclaimed by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived,” plays kit on all 10 tracks, recording his signature beats behind the band and vocalists. This collaboration makes Chicago Afrobeat Project the first American afrobeat band to produce a full-length studio record with Tony Allen.
Taking the vocal helm on the album are Akenya (Noname, Chance the Rapper), JC Brooks, Kiara Lanier, Legit (Chance the Rapper), Ugochi, Oranmiyan and Rico Sisney/Maggie Vagle (Sidewalk Chalk). The band’s new vocal-laden approach makes the songs of What Goes Up concise and intentional, and markedly different from CAbP’s prior recordings.
A staple of the American live music scene for years, the band’s live show now combines its historically instrumental style with the new vocal approach. Crowds feed off the spontaneity of the soloists and enthusiasm of the band.
Chicago Afrobeat Project has been a 100% independent artist since day one, with its new release What Goes Up following suit.
The Diplomats of Solid Sound
The Diplomats of Solid Sound
The Diplomats of Solid Sound are a funk and soul group from Iowa City, IA that perform with a modern garage band twist. Since the release of their first 7-inch single, "Bullfrog Boogaloo" in 2001, The Diplomats have been mining America's vast deposits of soul music to create a sound all their own -- a spare but-spicy groove sired equally by progenitors such as Booker T., James Brown and The Funk Brothers. After 3 full-length albums as an instrumental outfit; "Instrumental Action Soul" (2001) on their own Prescription Records, and both "Let´s Cool One" (2003) and "Destination Get Down!" (2005) on the mighty Estrus Records, The Diplomats expand the family with a new set of soul stunners they call The Diplomettes, for the self-titled "The Diplomats Of Solid Sound feat. The Diplomettes" (2008) out on Record Kicks / Pravda and produced by Lack Of Afrofrom Freestyle Records.
With each release The Diplomats Of Solid Sound grew in sophistication and depth as they ingested the sounds of 60s soul, R&B and deep funk. Their albums captured the band in its natural habitat, a dimly lit bar where people appreciate a good smoke, a vodka gimlet and a funky little combo that knows how to get the cats and kittens out of their seats and onto the dancefloor. The sound got the boys a gig backing R&B legend Andre Williams, with whom they cut "Aphrodisiac", released in 2006 on both Pravda Records and the Spanish Vampisoul label . That same year the group asked 3 three gifted soul sirens (Sarah Cram, Katherine Ruestow, and Abigail Sawyer) aka The Diplomettes to join the band, which brings us up to date. With a slightly renewed line-up (original drummer Jim Viner is replaced by Paul Kresowik and the departure of Abbie Sawyer leaves Sarah Cram and Katharine Ruestow as The Diplomettes), the group launched their latest full-length and fifth album, "What Goes Around Comes Around" in October 2010, confirming their standing as one of the more prolific funk and soul groups of the contemporary scene. Prepare for a supercharged new set of prime cuts for the dance floor guaranteed to groove its way into your head and your ass -- and get both moving fast!
The Diplomats of Solid Sound are:
Nate "Count" Basinger
The Candymakers are a Rock N' Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and funk. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalist, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist and funky rhythm section. Often joined by a rotating cast of horn players and vocalists, the band can be seen with up to 12 members on stage.
After forming in 2010, they were awarded 1st place in the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge. After reaching the semi-finals in both The International Blues Challenge and The Kings of Beale Street Competition, they returned home to release their debut album in February of 2012. Their second studio effort "Ridiculicious" was released in September of 2014, and their third album will be released in the summer of 2018.
Al Sweet - Vocals
Randy Leasman - Bass
Bret Dale - Guitar
Andrew Ross - Drums
Nick Vasquez - Keyboards
Bethann Gavin - Vox
Erin Moore - Vox
Chrissy Boyer - Vox
Brett Messenger - Trumpet
"Gaining in popularity over the years, especially since the release of their newest album, The Maytags have drawn attention from many and received countless outstanding reviews."
Juice Magazine commented “Fast-forward to a year later and it’s clear that that band is just wildly talented, not a wild card.” Another review, from VICE, stated “The Maytags’ music swings. It differs from all of the Des Moines’ other retro offerings by its sheer vibrancy—there’s just warmth lining every note.”
These phrases are specific to the cultural geography of the singer, guitarist, and songwriter’s Des Moines, Iowa hometown, a music and arts community with a rising national profile highlighted by praise from the Talking Heads’ David Byrne and glowing explorations from Politico and TheAtlantic. But Smith’s words also help evoke the Maytags’ journey to this sultry nine-song set, one that also runs through Smith’s time in New York — where studied jazz as a drummer — and the band’s recording sessions in Tennessee. Other band members have roots in St. Louis; all studied jazz, mainly in central and northern Iowa. If there can be a New South, then there can be a sound that’s Midwest Nouveau.
Love Lines smolders with the intensity of a relationship that just ended — “both the good and the bad,” Smith says. Recorded at Nashville’s the Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic, who has also recorded Benjamin Booker and Alabama Shakes, the album sees Smith achieving a bit of the latter band’s gut-busting, almost-preternatural howling on cathartic opener “Pushing Up Rivers.” A three-part “Suite for Green Eyes,” written as a whole by Smith and Tim Sanders (sax), inhabits the aftermath of a breakup: bittersweet acceptance, tempestuous reflection, and the lustful confusion of running into an ex once it’s all over: “Fourth of July we’ll be holding hands,” Smith belts out on “Street Clothes,” knowing full well he’ll likely be watching the fireworks with somebody else.
As much as Love Lines is born out of a breakup, it’s also an artifact of a seven-piece band that has been honing its chops on the road. “Musically we worked our asses off on this,” Smith says. “Me and Tim got together for the initial writing sessions and really tried to draw a lot of inspiration from the Daptone crew, Stax, Al Green. Just to name a few.” The songs were then taken to the band and arranged as a unit, with each member having creative input on each song. The Maytags then tracked the whole album to 2 inch tape in less than 30 hours.” That follows December 2014’s Nova EP, recorded at the same studio and tracked to 2 inch tape in 19 hours.
As Love Lines ends, with the rhythmically and emotionally tricky “Problems,” Smith’s weary purr fades away: “Someone call the doctor, the doctor, the doc-doc-doc...” The cure is already there, in a balmy sound that must’ve blown in from some fantastical Iowa coast: a flyover that flew away and returned wiser for the voyage.
The Maytags are: Dustin Smith, Frank Merchlewitz, Andy Poppen, Tim Sanders, Aaron Ehrlich, Sam Mogerman, Daniel Kreipke.
Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.
Kind Country released their debut self titled album “Kind Country” in the fall of 2013. Since then they have been bringing their music on the road playing live performances at theaters, bars, auditoriums, festivals, and everywhere in between all throughout the United States. The band released their second independently released full length album, Hwy 7, in the fall of 2015. Produced by Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Hwy 7, thrust the band further into a regional spotlight. The guys quickly followed up with a 5 track studio EP, Mountains, which was released in the spring of 2017. The band has no plans of stopping and will be releasing new material on a regular basis for the foreseeable future.
"Snagging the last spot and rounding out our not-very-extensive list is Kind Country, the Minneapolis-based jamgrass band forged in 2012. Originally started as a four-piece string band, the band expanded into six-member ensemble featuring Mitch Johnson (guitar), Brandon Johnson (guitar), Max Graham (mandolin), Joe Sheehan (bass), Chris Forsberg (violin), and Chris Wittrock (drums). These guys have some thing special going on, with the addition of drums allowing the group to go deeper in exploring how bluegrass can morph and intersect with other genres and giving them the freedom to create a sound that is truly their own. However, they still stay true to their string-band origins and bluegrass roots, with their energetic playing and the talent among the six players more-or-less guaranteeing a foot-stompin’ good time."- Ming Lee Newcomb, Live for Live Music. From article Five Up and Coming Bluegrass Bands Poised to Take Over the Scene
Dead Larry’s powerful blend of high energy rock, dance and funk shakes the foundation of modern music. From rock driven sea shanties to pulsating dance beats. From Beatle-esque harmonies to spine chilling screams. From shake-yo-booty funk jams to orchestral themes of space and time travel. Dead Larry is one thing: Original. The band was formed in a basement in high school, and after nearly 10 years of writing, touring, and chasing the dream Dead Larry has a grown to be one of the most prominent independent rock bands coming out of the Midwest.
"An all too short set by psychedelic funk pop band, Dead Larry, from Iowa City, Iowa, was all I needed to realize where the great music truly was. Lead singer/rhythm guitarist Mark McGuiness screamed his lyrics with rock 'n' roll conviction to the raw and dark simplicity of the musical compromise that is the rest of the band. Each member worked their musical niche to create something greater than themselves that is Dead Larry." - Travis Beck (The Daily Nebraskan) on Dead Larry's set during 10,000 Lakes Festival 2008.
"Dead Larry’s music combines psychedelic rock, funk and pop to create a non-stop party." - Tim Gavin (The Daily Iowan)
"Dead Larry is amazing! They have that rare combination of incredible diversity and substance, while still dropping funky beats that keep your booty moving!" - Mark Murphy, WookieFoot
Dead Larry is: Mark McGuiness (Vocals, Keys, Synth, Guitar), Joe Scarpellino (Bass, Vocals, Guitar), Ned Barclay (Lead Guitar, Bass), Josh "Shua" Felling (Drums).
Baberhood Bluegrass Band
Baberhood Bluegrass Band
Baberhood Bluegrass Band has been bringing the sounds of both traditional American folk music along with their own brand of original music to Iowa and the Midwest for more than a decade, and have gained a loyal fan base known affectionately as 'The Baberhood'. Influences range from the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass' founding fathers, to traditional country, to contemporary folk and, at times, even from some of today's most popular artists. These influences meld with the generation gap closing songsmithery of Baberhood Bluegrass Band and they love nothing more than sharing their passion for timeless music with audiences all over the Midwest. The current lineup offers Dobro, Banjo, Guitar, and Bass Fiddle, along with harmonic singing reminiscent of classic ‘Brother Duets’ of days gone by.
The Tripp Brothers
The Tripp Brothers
The Tripp Brothers, consisting of Jimmy & Sean Tripp, are two horn players that love the funk. They have created a sound all their own by combining their saxophone & trombone with heavy bass music to send funky shockwaves through the crowd. They will always keep you dancing and illuminate your ears with exploding horn hits, funky solos, and some wicked scratching.
They have opened up for such artists as Manic Focus, Artifakts, and Filibusta, and have graced the stage at festivals all over the Midwest, including 515 Music Festival, Kosmos Music Festival, Barnyard Boogie, Go Ham 3 and more.
Flash In A Pan
Flash In A Pan
A collective of Iowa City musicians have teamed up to ramble every where from street corners to red carpet events. Founded in 2012, named on the assumption that the band would play two shows and dissolve; the band is currently in their fifth year of playing all over the Midwest. These pickers and grinners bring a fun mix of folk music of many shades. With warm humor and fiery content, this band will have you dancing and laughing, singing and stomping, and cherishing the moments we drink to remember! Noted for their shining harmonies, provocative compositions, and heart-felt performances, Flash in a Pan dishes out a sound that is all at once familiar and refreshingly different.
Moen based her music in Dublin this fall and performed around the country at the Roisín Dubh in Galway, Tullamore, Harbour Bar in Bray, and many venues in Dublin including The Ruby Sessions, The Button Factory, Whelan’s, Liquor Rooms, HearOne Studios, and many more. In the states, Moen has had the opportunity to play all around the Midwest (performing at Mission Creek, 80/35, Camp Euforia, and Grey Area music festivals), the West coast, and it set to return to San Francisco for a Sofar Sounds Music residency.
Elizabeth recently graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She taught herself how to play guitar as a teenager, and it was thanks to the writing community of Iowa City that she was inspired to write her own music during her years as a student at the University of Iowa. Her sound and songs flow fluidly across many genres, and are inspired by modern artists such as Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Julien Baker, Esmé Patterson, and Lake Street Dive and older influences such as Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.
Elizabeth Moen has also had the opportunity of playing with acts such as Lake Street Dive, Margaret Glaspy, Lucy Dacus, Houndmouth, William Elliott Whitmore (featured on her LP), Caroline Smith, Nicole Atkins, the Weepies (this April), and many more.
The Culture Trip says, “Elizabeth Moen is one of those rare artists whose voice, from the first moment you hear it, consumes your entire being, doing away with all previous thoughts and concerns, and leaving you short of breath.”
Little Village says, “Moen transfigures folk into an experience in the totality of instruments. But her vocals never shy away from the driver’s seat.”
IPR(NPR) says, “Elizabeth is armed with a jaw-dropping singing voice, tasteful guitar playing, and songs that stay in your head for days.”
After writing her first eight songs released on her first EP in January 2016, she now has a repertoire of forty-plus songs. She released her first full-length on May 13th, 2017 on William Elliott Whitmore and Luke Tweedy's (of Flat Black Studios) Long Play Records. This album is a mixture of old and new with various inspirations from old jazz, to modern indie-rock. Featured on the album are collaborations including contributions from twelve very talented Iowa musicians. Elizabeth was back in the studio recording more new music before leaving for her recent European solo tour. More information about the upcoming 2018 album coming soon!
Some Friends was started on a hot summer day with two friends sitting on a couch in a stanky apartment. "why aren't we playing music that makes us happy, that makes everyone happy" this thought led these two friends on a quest; a Journey to write and perform the music they have been waiting years to play. The music they were MEANT to play. Come out and hang out with Some Friends and hear their suburban reggae music!
Since 2007, The Uniphonics have established themselves as one of the premier bands in Iowa and Illinois. Playing on bills with internationally touring superstars like Victor Wooten, EOTO, Primus, The Roots, Matisyahu, Members of G-Unit, Rusted Root and Parliament Funkadelic have helped build an enthusiastic fan base.
Their 2010 release "CRAWL" features Grammy award winner ROBIN EUBANKS, a Twin Cities vocal phenom named HEATBOX, and George Clinton/Sly Stone collaborator DENNIS "DADDY-O" MCMURRIN. The album is a collection of funk/rap/soul/rock tracks with jazz influenced improvisation.
The Uniphonics are free of the politics involved with being signed to a major label, and are playing shows to finance their upcoming album.
Soul Sherpa is a Funk/Soul Musical collective based out of Cedar Rapids that ranges from 5-10 members. From a groove pumping rhythm section, to a four-piece sizzling horn section, Soul Sherpa mashes multiple styles and genres of music creating a massive musical experience.
Each member of Soul Sherpa is an accomplished musician in his or her own right. Between wicked solos, amazing guest collaborators, and seemingly impossible amounts of energy, Soul Sherpa makes every live show a unique and exciting experience.
Camp Euforia All-Star Jam
Camp Euforia All-Star Jam
Get ready for a jam of epic proportions!
Join us Thursday night in the barn for a set provided by some of Eastern Iowa's greatest musicians and Camp Euforia family.
The CE All-Star Jam will be hosted by Matt Grundstad aka Matt G. (of Euforquestra), Andy Parrott, Ben Soltau and John Peterie, and will feature many other special CE special guests sitting in.
Don't wait to buy your 3-day tickets...this is one kick-off party you won't want to miss out on!
Ryne Doughty is a folk-roots musician out of Southeast IA, whose music is deeply rooted in real life stories of love, loss, work, and play. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. The hard-working, simple living, and friendly way of life of the Midwest shines through his music that is understated yet complex and rich with beauty and realness.
Playing behind his third studio album, “Under the Willow Tree”, Doughty is back in Iowa after a few years in the mountains of Colorado and is starting to make a name for himself in the Midwest scene. Whether he's playing small or large venues, he is turning heads wherever he plays.
With solid finger-style guitar picking and a rich baritone voice he brings a dynamic of warmth and richness to the stage. Doughty’s performances are always passionate and full of energy and songs that tell real life stories. His live performance and studio albums alike will not leave you wanting. Doughty’s main passion in life is to share his music with the very people who help influence it; the real, hard working, everyday people that make this beautiful world go around.
Naming themselves after the first letter of their names, BEEs formed in 2017 when friends Bethann Heidgerken, Erin Moore, and Esme Haferbier were hanging out and enjoying each other's company. Although they initially met through connections in the Quad Cities magnetic music community and their involvement with other music projects, they found their way into each other's lives and realized quickly that collaborating was in their near future. One night, in Erin's basement, amidst much laughter and cerebral conversation, the three women began sharing some of their original songs and discovered that their combined voices sounded remarkably beautiful together. While each woman is a songwriter and musician in her own right, it is synergistically through the blending of crystalline and soulful voices that they tap into dormant magic. Forming a band full of authentic musical chemistry that is compelling to a wider audience is as much a crap-shoot as it is luck of the draw. But getting to create that magic with your best friends? That is a miracle.
BEEs is Bethann Heidgerken (vocals, ukulele, guitar); Erin Moore (vocals, guitar); Esme Haferbier (vocals, bass); and Andy 'Sam Longschlong' Ross (drums).
BEEs just released their first EP, "Shady Lady", on February 24th, 2018! "Shady Lady" was recorded by the one and only Pat Stolley at Future Apple Tree Studio in Rock Island, Illinois and Mastered by Jeff Konrad.
DJ Buddha is a Veteran to the electronic underground scene. With over 20 years behind the decks. From producing, DJing, Drumming, and Mixing bands, DJ Buddha has music coming out of his pours. Buddha has been involved with CE for a number of years with Rexroat sound, and the FOH engineer for the last 3 years. But for this he will step out from the big mixer, and get behind the DJ mixer for a House and Techno set to get you drinking and dancing. "I never plan a set, I walk in blind, and just live in that moment”
The Grosso Family Band
The Grosso Family Band
The Grosso Family Band have been a staple at Camp Euforia for many years, typically firing up your sensors on Saturday morning for "Coffee Hour" on Saturday and getting you pumped up for a full day of music. Catch them once again at CE15 at Jerry's Bar!
Interstellar Cave Dweller
Interstellar Cave Dweller
Winner of our Iowa City Battle of the Bands this year - we are pleased to welcome Interstellar Cave Dweller to our #CE15 line-up, who formed in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2017. With influences ranging from classic rock to progressive metal, they have a unique rock sound anyone can enjoy even yo mama. They love video games, crab rangoons, pizza, beer, and long walks on short beaches.
"Some sort of Rock 'n' Roll."
-Ben Knuckey, Oxford Iowa Aristocrat
Winner of our Des Moines Battle of the Bands this year - we are pleased to welcome A-Z to our #CE15 line-up!
A-Z are a Milwaukee based group that has been playing for nearly a year. What started with rhythm section and a guitar, has now grown to full band and more. Featuring feels of funk, rock, psych and pop with strong focus on rhythmic aspects. Looking to provide smiles, dancing, and fun grooves.
Aaron- Slap Set
Yanni- Aux percussion
Zeke- Guitar/ Vocals