Shows I Missed: Camp Bisco

I’m happy to say that I don’t write too many “Shows I Missed” posts anymore. These posts are typically a monthly roundup of the concerts I wanted to attend but, for one reason or another, could not. I’m going to a lot fewer shows than normal these days, so I can’t say exactly why it is that I’m feeling less regret about missing out. Maybe I’m being more strategic about concert attendance and actually making it to the few shows I know I’d be extra sad to miss, or maybe I just care less when I don’t attend things. I suspect it’s a little of column A and a little of column B.

THAT BEING SAID.

I did not allude to this in my Camp Bisco music roundup post, but on the whole I was a bit disappointed not with the quality of music that I saw, but with the quantity. I’ve been to a ton of music festivals yet never before have I left feeling like I missed so many of the sets I was planning on seeing. The reasons for all the missed music are as follows:

  1. Conflicts. So many of my favorites played at the same time. Hard decisions were made.
  2. Rain. One stage at Bisco is covered, so when rain happened, covered sets always took precedence. Even when that covered set wasn’t something I was planning on attending at all.
  3. Early sets. As everyone knows, bigger names tend to perform later in the day, so there aren’t typically many sets I want to see in the early afternoon. Yet Bisco had tons of music I really wanted to see at 12 or 1pm. I could have and should have gone to these, but the long walk from camp to the stages meant I was just too lazy to go, especially since I’d have to walk all the way back after (or spend 12 hours in the festival grounds).
  4. General laziness. Yup.
  5. Various combinations of the above at once.

Here is a sad, sad list of all the music I missed at Camp Bisco.

Nightmares on Wax
Everyone who knows Nightmares on Wax loves Nightmares on Wax. He has this downtempo hip-hop/funk/jazz vibe that is just universally great. I don’t think I spoke to anyone who went to this set, nor do I even remember considering it while at Bisco, which probably means his set conflicted with someone major.

Marvel Years
When someone told me that Marvel Years was on at the same time as Gramatik, I think I audibly “BOOOO”ed. I used to refer to MY as “Pretty Lights Junior,” and while I do think his sound is kind of PL-ish, he’s really come into his own in the last few years. He’s also fantastic live and this was a bummer to the nth degree.

Beats Antique
Beats is a weird, Middle Eastern sounding band with belly dancing and general nonsense (last time I saw them they had a giant inflatable dragon that extended from the stage out into the audience). I actually did make it to the last 10 minutes of this set but it just wasn’t enough.

Goldfish
Out of all the Bisco sets missed by people in my crew, I think the sadness was most universal around Goldfish. It was just too early and too rainy. This duo from South Africa is the danciest and probably the artist I have most succeeded at turning friends into fans.

Manic Focus
Damnit damnit. 2017 should just be unofficially called, “The Summer In Which I Missed Several Manic Focus Sets.” I’ve been on the MF train since relatively early on but for whatever reason I haven’t seen him in…2 years? He has a really unique brand of electro-hip-hop that is allll the fire emojis.

Wax Future
UCH. Wax Future is an electro-funk/soul outfit from Philly and I did not attend this set because it was raining. I don’t really regret this because I get pretty cranky when soggy but I’m generally sad about it anyway. I just want to add to this that despite having a free ticket, I also missed Wax Future when they recently came through Brooklyn Bowl and boo on me for all of this.

Too Many Zooz
This is the set I am most upset to have missed. Especially because I honestly tried to go. Sort of. Too Many Zooz had a super early set and I was about to head there a little late, but right as I was leaving I decided to check the schedule to confirm their set time. I realized that their set was only 40 minutes long instead of the minimum of 60 minutes that LITERALLY EVERYONE ELSE GOT, and since they were playing on the far end of the festival grounds and it would have taken me over 20 minutes to get there, I would have only had 5 or so minutes to see them. They’re a brasshouse trio that got their start in the NYC subway system and totally deserve all the fame they have because they have tons of kooky personality.

Anyway. Let this never happen again, okay? Okay.

Shows I MIssed: August 2016

I kicked off August pretty strong with a trip to New Hampshire to see Pretty Lights. It was fantastic, but the following weekend he was back at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. I was fortunate to make it out to CO for Red Rocks in 2015 and swore I would be there again this year, but alas, it was not in the cards. Getting my PL fix in New Hampshire did not quell the lack of Red Rocks sadness.

As if that wasn’t sad enough, this month I also missed Pretty Lights in Telluride. This was the second year that he did a mini festival in Telly and the second year that I didn’t go. The pictures and videos last year were so beautiful that it honestly took away from my Red Rocks joy because it was clear that Telluride was the superior experience in basically every way. I tried to withdraw from social media during Telly weekend this year so I wouldn’t get too jealous, but I couldn’t help but peep all the pics and videos. A Pretty Lights fam takeover of a gorgeous mountain town? Stop it. If Telly happens next year I WILL BE THERE. Sigh.

Also – if both Jason Derulo and Santigold play in your home city while you’re away in Europe, can you still be sad about it? Answer – not really. Santigold is one of my favs and I have an unabashed love for Jason Derulo after seeing him a few years ago. Both of these artists were in the New York area this month but I happened to be in Wales watching 2 of my friends get married in a castle.

Clearly Wales is the winner here. In theory I’m bummed to have missed both of these but come on. Magical castle wedding! Sorry Santi and Jason. Wales wins.

Shows I Missed: July 2016

While I only had one show that I was devastated to miss this month, it was an entire festival with a killer lineup, so it stings in a major way.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I had an absolute blast at Camp Bisco last year, and I was committed to going again this year but I just couldn’t make all the logistics come together in time.

By not attending Bisco, I missed out on seeing a number of artists who I’ve seen before and loved, like Esseks, Dreamer’s Delight, Late Night Radio, Keys N Krates, Odesza, and more. I also missed out on the chance to see some acts for what would have been the first time – The Polish Ambassador, TroyBoi (who I wrote about for Mix 247 EDM!), and, most devastatingly, Big Grizmatik, the rarely-formed combination of Big Gigantic, GRiZ, and Gramatik.

After returning home from the festival, one of my friends posted on Facebook: “Year 2 of montage mountain saw huge improvements in the security, amount of water stations, and transportation up the mountain. My only critic, They really need to find away to improve the sound quality on the Main stage. Being up front distorts bass and vocals in different ways.” He then went on to praise all the artists that I knew would be incredible. I missed so much.

SIGH.

Shows I Missed: January 2016

SIGH

Usually when I miss a show it’s because I wasn’t available that night, or it was in a faraway state I couldn’t travel to. In a rare occurrence for me, this month I missed a show because I didn’t buy a ticket in time and couldn’t, for the life of me, find a reasonably priced one (unless you consider $100+ for a $40 ticket reasonable, which I do not, you StubHub scalper jerks). Since I didn’t get to see Tipper live, I asked my friend Cody how it was. He said it had “really great music and next level visuals.”

I would expect nothing less from Dave Tipper. Here’s a little YouTube clippy from that night:

I also sadly had to miss Muse this month because I was out of town. I was majorly late to the Muse party but I’m hoping I can catch them live one day before they break up or otherwise decide to stop touring. They’ve been around for over 20 years at this point, so hopefully they can stick around for at least a few more. I did hear The Disco Biscuits cover “Knights of Cydonia” at Camp Bisco last summer, but somehow I just don’t think it’s the same as hearing Muse play it.

Shows I Missed: November 2015

Big Data played in New York for two whole nights, but I was in Florida on a work trip so I sadly could not make either show. I’ve been majorly into Big Data for a few months now and I would have love love loved to see them live. But alas, it was not meant to be. =(

On the bright side, while I absolutely had to be in Orlando for the first 2 of their show dates, instead of flying home and catching the 3rd show I opted to stay in Florida and go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So all was not lost.

Shows I Missed: September 2015

It’s been a few months since I’ve felt the need to put together a “shows I missed” post. Even though I never get to go to all the shows on my radar, I only write about the ones I’m really upset about and I’m happy that I basically got to see all my favorites this summer!

A disappointment for September was that I didn’t get to see Twenty One Pilots during their two-night stint at the Hammerstein Ballroom. But I’m trying to limit my shows to ones that either the most crucial, that I can get tickets to through Jukely, or that are just so cheap I can’t say no. I’ve loved Twenty One Pilots since I first heard them at Voodoo last Halloween, and even though I’ve wanted to see them again for a year, I just couldn’t justify the $45 price tag. Sad times.

Let’s see what October brings! It’s my birthday month so I’m expecting lots of excellent music to come my way. =)