Camp Euforia’s 2020 festival will be its last

Camp Euforia 2020

Jerry’s Farm in Lone Tree, Iowa (5335 Utah Ave SE) — July 16-18

Euforquestra closes out the second night of Camp Euforia. Saturday, July 14, 2018. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Organizers of the Camp Euforia music festival, including the founding band Eufórquestra, have announced that the event will discontinue after the 17th annual fest this summer.

Camp Euforia began as an appreciation party for fans of Iowa City-based funk-fusion group Eufórquestra. But since that first festival in 2004, the event became not only a showcase for the titular band, but a three-day celebration of Midwestern and roots musicians. It was also distinctly Iowan, taking place on local farmer Jerry Hotz’s property (affectionately called “Jerry’s Farm”), with sets played in a barn on stages made from hayracks, attended by adults and kids alike, who sleep (or party through the night) in tents and RVs on the surrounding campsites.

Eufórquestra — made up of Eric Quiner, Mike Tallman, Austin Zaletel and Matt Wright, now based in Colorado — announced the discontinuation of Camp Euforia on social media Wednesday morning in a “whirlwind of emotions.”

Jerry’s Farm is our roots, it’s the land that built everlasting friendships and celebrated the creative energy of hundreds of musicians in the Midwest and across the country.

Planning and producing a festival of this scale is no easy feat. It is a monumental effort that we’ve been able to accomplish each year with an unbelievable support system and volunteers. We’ve always set our standards high and put a ton of energy into producing a festival that we can all be proud of. With that in mind, we’ve made the difficult decision to take a step back. We feel like it is time to close the CE chapter on a high note in order to be able to focus our creative energy on other passions and pursuits.

In the post, the band promises “an epic celebration for the 2020 fest” that will take place Thursday to Saturday, July 16-18, and include “a lineup jam-packed with CE alum that have helped make the festival what it is today.”

These alumni have yet to be announced, but frequent Camp Euforia performers over the years include Public Property, Cornmeal, the Gglitch, Hunab, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Uniphonics, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Dead Larry, Tallgrass, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Juno What?!, Boombox, Flash in a Pan and Elizabeth Moen.

Elizabeth Moen performs on the River Music Experience stage at Camp Euforia. Friday, July 13, 2018. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Early bird three-day and two-day passes for Camp Euforia 17 will go on sale Friday. Saturday-only passes will be available in June.

courtesy of Camp Euforia

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