For many, cabin fever is setting in. Most people are antsy at this time of year awaiting spring.
One solution to combat cabin fever is the Cabin Fever Camp-in Friday-Sunday sponsored by J-Campbell Events.
Organizer Josh Campbell, 30, who is originally from Pekin and now lives in Colorado, said the idea for the indoor venue came about when he was brainstorming for alternative ideas.
“There’s a big market for summer music festivals as most people are aware ... it’s pretty saturated now,” Campbell said, adding that he wanted a venue that wouldn’t compete with that.
Thus, Cabin Fever was born three years ago and is planned to be an annual event.
Over the past few years, Campbell said the event has grown.
“A lot of the people we’ve seen the first year we saw the second year. We expect we’ll see many of the same faces, and hopefully more. We structure it pretty much like an outdoor music festival. We have vendors, food vendors and beer trucks. We really try to model the outdoor concert experience. ... It has a really intimate community feeling,” Campbell said.
The music event, open to all ages, is at the East Peoria Event Center, 4200 E. Washington St., and features two stages with 30-plus hours of music, beer, food and camping.
The 2013 artist lineup includes Emancipator, Future Rock, Ben Miller Band and Ultraviolet Hippopotamus.
Local bands include Brainchild and Easy Riders. In total, 35 bands are listed under the 2013 lineup.
“We really try to appeal to a diverse crowd (with the Cabin Fever Camp-in) so we can give everybody a taste of something. If you’re not inclined to rock or reggae, we give a little bit of everything. It’s a good mix and it’s pretty equal,” Campbell said in 2012 about last year’s event.
Campbell said the same is true for this year.
“For our headliners, we’ve made it a point to switch the genres to appeal to crowds.
This year it’s really more of an electronic type headliner, but we have rock and bluegrass,” Campbell said.
A Headliner called Emancipator is described as an electronic producer who is joined by a violinist. Future Rock is described as “electronic rock stalwarts.” The Ben Miller Band of Joplin, Mo., combines bluegrass, delta blues and mountain music. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes funky jams with new dance beats and lyrics, and they include a light show.
A three-day pass is $65 plus fees. No single day tickets are offered. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Tickets are available at cabinfevercampout.com and at Co-op Records in East Peoria and Peoria.
Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday. Music starts at 5 p.m. Indoor camping is allowed during the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers must be packed and ready to leave no later than 10 a.m. Monday. Stages are located in separate rooms from the tents. For more camping information, visit cabinfevercampout.com.
Page 2 of 2 - For those who would rather sleep in the comfort of a bed at home or a hotel and take a shower, three-day pass holders are allowed to leave and come back.
Also this year, organizers have negotiated a special room rate at Sleep Inn & Suites, 1101 N. Cummings Lane, Washington. Call the hotel at 481-0450 and mention Cabin Fever Camp-in.
Attendees are allowed to bring their own food, although it is also available for purchase at the event. Outside drinks are not allowed. The venue offers draft beer and other alcoholic beverages, soda, bottled water, sports and energy drinks.
For more information, visit www.cabinfevercampout.com or Cabin Fever Indoor Camping Music Festival on Facebook.