With the hugely successful Spring Awakening Music Fest now in the books, the good people over at React are heading up north to take the party outside city limits and into the wilderness as they present the first ever Summer Set Music & Camping Festival. We are looking forward to packing up our cruiser, bringing the necessary essentials, and experiencing 3 awesome days of live music as we enjoy one last camping festival before the summer ends. Here is a rundown of our picks for the Day 1 and if you haven’t bought at least a tix or pass yet…..DON’T DELAY ANY LONGER!

Griz (Hockey Rink, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
Dominic Lalli isn’t the only DJ that knows his way around a sax, and I’m sure all of you who have caught a Griz set before know what I’m talking about. This local Midwest producer has combined his funky, glitch hop, dubstep style into a force to be reckoned with. Fans of the Pretty Lights Music label be wary of this show. Running in generally the same vein, Griz is sure to excite those who venture over to his stage during Summer Set.

Excision (Main Stage, 6 pm – 7 pm)
If you were looking at the schedule for the one artist that could potential leave you down and out for the count, then visiting the main stage at the stroke of 6pm will be your best bet as Excision brings his bass cannons to those who are up for loosing the ability to hear for a few hours. This past spring, we not only witnessed what over 100,000 watts of dubstep, drum & bass, and drumstep bangers sounds like live but have signed ourselves up for another round of pure bass to the face! Sh*ts about to get X-Rated and we will be loving every minute of the fun.

Araabmuzik (Hockey Rink, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
If you’ve never seen Araabmusik, it’s worth checking out. A master of the MPC, Abraham Orellana beats and dipsets his way through everything EDM. With the fastest and most rhythmic hands I’ve ever seen, Araab stops everything you’re doing during his set, and has you watchin on in awe. You’ve never heard Skrillex’s “Cinema” like this before.. Trust me.


Nas (Main Stage, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
New York hip-hop veteran, Nas is the next on the list. What can be said about Nas that hasn’t already been said? He’s a legend among fellow emcees, and listeners alike. The instant Illmatic hit stores in 1994; Nas’ seat in hip-hop lore was sealed. Touring on his 10th studio album, and newest release Life is Good, Nas makes his way to Somerset, WI to impress the masses. Having never caught Nas live before, I’m extremely excited. Being the lyricist he is, I’m sure Nas will put on a show worth writing home about. Don’t miss this.

Listen: Hero – Nas

Listen: You Owe Me – Nas

Bingo Players (Hockey Rink, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Every music festival needs a healthy dose of European influence to take the the party to the next level and the people of Summer Set decided to turn to one of the Netherlands hottest commodities to  bring about a dance party come early evening. The Bingo Players are known across the globe for throwing down hard on some delightful electro-house melodies and their Cry Just A Little and Rattle tracks could potentially cause the crowd to break all types of sweats without warning. This Dutch duo are bound to get your going this Saturday night and we look forward to doing all types of two steps with those in attendance.

MSTRKRFT (Hockey Rink, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm)
Long before leaving vowels out of words became the coolest thing since sliced, MSTRKRFT stood as numero uno in the game for not only for setting themselves apart with their spelling error but creating a distinct sound of their own. The two Canadian producers created a foundation that many have tried to duplicate in recent year, thanks to success of their blockbuster album titled Fists of God. Boasting more remixes then we can count and always providing the highest level of fun whenever we’ve seen then perform live, this surely makes them one of the best artists performing at this inaugural event!

Listen: Bounce (Extended Version) – MSTRKRFT

Listen: Beards Again – MSTRKRFT

Umphrey’s Mcgee (Main Stage, 10:30 pm – 12:00 pm)
This may come as a surprise to you all, but the name on the lineup that stirred the most excitement from me was the progressive rock jam band Umphrey’s Mcgee. They are easily my favorite touring band, and arguably the best touring jam band at the moment. Coming off a hot festival season and summer tour, UM is packing heat. A group built on their success of delving into genre bending jams, they’ve been at peak performance since May. With guitarist Jake Cinniger expecting his second child very soon, you can expect emotions to be running high, and for the band to lay down some of the most intricate jams you’ve seen to date. Make sure you don’t miss this one folks.

Listen: 40s Theme – Umphrey’s Mcgee
(6/08/2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival)

Listen: Tribute to the Spinal Shaft – Umphrey’s Mcgee (1/20/2012 New York City, NY)

Listen: Conduit – Umphrey’s Mcgee (5/18/2012 Hangout Music Festival)

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