This October 7-10, Bay Area favorites Hot Buttered Rum and ALO are throwing a family camp festival at Camp Navarro in Mendocino County. It’s an epic spot in old growth of redwood forest, a decommissioned Boy Scout camp now owned by an old friend of the bands, Dan Braun. The inaugural event has been dubbed Camp Deep End.
The idea is to start a new tradition: an annual weekend camp-out with a few hundred nearest and dearest. A place to have kids, community, and music all in one place. They bands are aiming for just the right balance of campy wholesome fun and serious dance party throw-down in the woods.
"Families and kids will be welcome, and it’s also important for us to have guests without kids too," said Nat Keefe, guitarist for Hot Buttered Rum. "Think PG days and R-rated nights."
ALO and Hot Buttered Rum will each play at least three times and at least once every day of the long Columbus Day weekend either on the main stage or in a unique late night setting. The camp's extended musical family includes The Brothers Comatose, Jelly Bread, and Tracorum who will each play two shows. Guitar master Chris Haugen will be featured as the 'Artist in Campership.' The musicians will also be collaborating on The Deep End Jam, campfire jams and other surprises. Expect relaxing days, activities for kids and adults galore, yoga, campy fun, or feel free to explore local wineries, state parks, and beaches.
Capacity will be very limited. The bands opened early invitations to their large fan bases first on August 2, so don't lag or you will miss out. No tickets will be made available after the event sells out. This is the start of something very near and dear to the host bands and they want you to be there to help curate the magic. Get on board and jump headfirst into the deep end.