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07-28-2008, 04:54 PM
My Visit to Camp Jump and Yell
or: Bad music can be good music too.

Last night I went up to Boulder for a Unlimited Enthusiasm (http://unlimitedenthusiasm.com/) production. Unlimited Enthusiasm LTD is a DIY concert production company who's corporate interest is, according to their website, "having an AWESOME TIME!" Their summer concert series is called Camp Jump and Yell and was perhaps the most awesome time I've ever had ever. And who was headlining this musical extravaganza?


I knew this concert would be different the instant my sister, my fiancé, and I walked in through the doors. The band members were already in the lobby selling their T-shirts and message bag pins, but also giving out name tags to all the attendees (robot themed name tags to be exact. I was Philbot), painting faces, and taking pictures of people in front of Harry Potter catching a snitch in outer space.

Who's that handsome spaceman with one fine-ass lady?

The walls were covered with homemade posters declaring important concepts such as "Rhombus!" and "Dino-saur!" On stage there was a screen that was cycling through a slide show of camp scenes telling us to Jump! Yell! Dance! Time Travel! and to scream whenever there was a bear. There was much screaming.

The show started with all the members of all the bands coming out on stage to sing the camp song. It was a rousing number encouraging us to, yes, jump and yell but also to go and shout too.

This was immediately followed by two songs featuring MC Dumbledore.


After this silliness and during the band's set-up we were treated to a series of short films featuring terrible green screen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8aGamQK2D0) and bad animation in true Tim and Eric style. These videos were to set the tone for things to come.

The first opener was Uncle Monsterface (http://www.unclemonsterface.com/), a self described "sock-puppet band." The music was bad, but each song had a music video to accompany it and the screen opened up into a sock-puppet theatre so that Uncle Monsterface and his friends could sing and dance along. Truly, a multimedia experience.

And here they are!

During the first song, however, things seemed to be taking a turn for the worst when lead singer, Marty Allen, stopped singing and called for the audience to join him in a prayer. This turned out to be one of the highlights of the night as the band transitioned into a fucking great cover of Madonna's Like A Prayer. A life sized Bishop Uncle Monsterface (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-69y1Cgv6Uw) even joined the band onstage mirroring the accompany music video.

The other hi-light of Uncle Monsterface's set was the (obligatory?) Super Mario Song: I’m Sorry (But Your Princess is in Another Castle) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyUzcRWPVEg) where they asked the crowd for anyone who knew how to play Super Mario Bros. Of course I raised my hand. Unlike the dork in the video I played Super Mario Bros. and worked the crowd by trying to walk left on the first screen.

"Go right! Go so we can start the song!" the band cried.

"Left?" I said?

The camera flash destroyed the proof but I'm totally playing Super Mario Bros. in this picture.

The best part was when I got to the Warp Zone and asked the audience what pipe to go down. They were screaming their choices a la The Price is Right and I've never been so important.

So Uncle Monsterface sucks but they put on one hell of a show.

And afterwards Uncle Monsterface himself came down and mingled with the crowd.

While the next band was setting up we were treated to more videos and calls to vote (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9CHWFML9RM).

Math the Band (http://www.myspace.com/maththeband) were crazy energetic and better than Monsterface but totally unintelligible. I think one of their songs was about jumping jacks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGrBaDQpQxY). We also talked to them at the merch table before and after the show. They were super cool and totally nice people.

Math the Band: Totally nice! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3b1b_SQIA8)

We didn't take any pictures of Math the Band but here's my sister and Uncle Monsterface himself rocking out to them.

More videos and then it was time.

07-28-2008, 04:55 PM

Harry and the Potters (http://www.eskimolabs.com/hp/news.htm) started when brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge were hosting a concert in their backyard featuring local bands. The day of the show all the bands canceled so Joe and Paul wrote some songs about Harry Potter, practiced for half and hour, and played for an enthusiastic eight people. Wizard Rock was born and to this day there are more than three hundred W-Rock bands!

They're so awesome.

There's something wonderful and magic when you have a concert hall full of people ranging from thirty-something hipsters to wide-eye innocent seven-year-olds all singing along to a song about Saving Ginny Weasley from Dean Thomas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LbwGvGJSwA).

Seriously, you guys, I can't even say how great these guys are. You all need to go and get their albums right away. Did you hear that, Half-Blood Prince? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxRZ2PWw_ck)

Joe pulled Gryffendor's Sax out of the Sorting Hat.

Paul: For this next song I'm going to need some help performing a summoning charm...

Girl in audience: Harry, I want your baby so seriously!

Paul: Uh... that's the wrong kind of summoning charm.

Ringo Weasley (on drums): *rimshot*

Paul: Anyway... 1... 2... 3!

Crowd: Accio guitar! *Guitar flies onstage*

It's hard to tell but this guitar is made out of a broom.

They played this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcGJIiHEtxI) five or six times during the show.

When they started in on The Weasel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtzL2lWbxFY) Ringo Weasley ran offstage crying so the giant squid came out and played drums for the song.

Rock out, Giant Squid!

It's staggering how heartwarming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6t63fYL0TE) and inspiring (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P-lqEn_O80) some of these Harry Potter songs can be. I really can not recommend this band enough.

In conclusion: some people might call this music bad music. But bad music can be good music too! I've gone to see to some really great bands and I've been to some unbelievable shows but I've never been to a show that was as much fun as Camp Jump and Yell was. If it comes to your town this summer you owe it to yourself to go.

Ample Vigour
07-28-2008, 10:10 PM
Awesome. Definitely will see if they come within a reasonable distance.

Reminds me of the wire-and-duct-tape shows that my friends would put on in college, stuffing like 80 people and five bands into someone's garage. Why do we stop doing things like that?

Little Sampson
08-04-2008, 08:37 AM
I hate you. Looking at videos of math the band's concerts have made me want to see them live. They also make some good music, but that doesn't come across in the concerts.