Excitement is brewing in anticipation of the Fox Valley’s first annual Sustainable Music Festival – The Big Green™ – premiering Saturday, August 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at The Kimberly Amphitheater, Sunset Park in Kimberly, WI.
The Big Green is a near-zero waste music festival that encourages sustainability, community involvement, diversity, and cultural exploration. The festival’s alternative energy needs will be met by the use of a bio-diesel generator. All attendees are encouraged to utilize bicycle routes, mass transit, walking and carpooling as a way to limit the use of fossil fuels.
Last year's IfdaKamp festival, produced by local rockers Ifdakar in beautiful Whispering Hills was a smashing success, showcasing some of the regions best and brightest emerging artists. IfdaKamp 2012, scheduled for the weekend of June 14-16 was off and running with confirmed and announced headliners Roster McCabe, Steez, the Coop, and of course Ifdakar. That is until Manitowoc County, where the festival was to be held, suddenly changed their zoning allowances, making it illegal for the festival to operate there. A personal note and more detailed explanation from the band and organizers can be found at IfdaKamp.com.
In an effort to help Ifdakar recoup some of their losses due to the cancellation, and in an effort to carry on the spirit of IfdaKamp, we’re throwing a party at the Majestic on Saturday June 16th featuring a few of the artists that were scheduled to play the festival….
Hey everybody. So we were trying to contact everyone involved before we released this terrible news but the cat appears to be out of the bag... IfdaKamp 2012 is being forced to cancel. If I could even begin to express to you how heartbreaking this is, it wouldn't even come close to explaining how awful we all feel. Believe me when I tell you that we tried everything we could to continue on, but the cards were stacked against us and we have just run out of time. Here's what happened...
A few weeks ago we found out that Manitowoc County (where Whispering Hills is) changed their zoning allowances, making it illegal for our festival to operate there. Basically, they don't want us there. That wouldn't have been such a big deal, only that our efforts to hold the event somewhere else hit roadblocks, being so close to the date. To get board members together, and committees to agree to allow the event in their area is very difficult on such short notice. But, believe me, we have tried. We have been doing nothing but trying since the day we found out. As I said, time has just run out.
Everyone who has purchased tickets, paid sponsorship or vendor fees, etc., will be reimbursed in full. We have extremely detailed records of everything, so don't worry about that. Just give us a little time to sort out this shit storm.
We will be holding an IfdaKamp fundraiser party, of sorts, Saturday, June 16th at the Majestic Theatre in Madison to kind of salvage what we can of the weekend, to help recoup some of the large amounts of money we will lose, and, most importantly, to stand up and say "you can knock us down, but we will get up." We want to thank Matt and the crew over at the Majestic for opening their doors to us for this event. We'll have a handful of IfdaKamp bands in the house, a cheap door price, and a donation 'hat' to pass around, should you choose to help us out. More details will be available as soon as we iron them out.
We want to apologize to everyone; the bands, the vendors, the sponsors, our friends and family, and all of you who have long since made plans to share the IfdaKamp experience with us this year. We just know something good has got to come out of this. It just has to. Thank you for your patience, your compassion, your support, and your love. Especially the love. We're gonna need it.
Greetings one and all! It’s time for the first installment of the Official IfdaKamp 2012 Newsletter! Each month leading up to the fest, we’ll be circulating a newsletter containing announcements, information and everything else IfdaKamp!
We’re thrilled to be returning to Whispering Hills, in Kiel, WI this year! The owner of the land, Ken Tribolini, and his family were so courteous and kind to us last year - we need to once again return that favor to them this time around. Those of you who were there last year know how beautiful a place Whispering Hills is, and those who were not, you’re in for a real treat!
IfdaKamp will once again be held on the third weekend of June, with things kicking off on Thursday, June 14th, and the venue closing on the afternoon of Sunday, June 17th. Specific information regarding gate opening, ticketing and other logistical information will be available soon on ifdakamp.com...
One of the goals of IfdaKamp has always been to promote the vibrant music scene in Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas, as well as a shared love of caring for and protecting our dear Mother Earth. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; we are so blessed to have the kind of music scene in the state that we have here. No longer is Wisconsin considered an afterthought, or just a routing option for touring bands. It’s the destination. More and more we are seeing increased activity in our state and it proves a couple things...For one, we have many venues that are kind to our scene. For another, clearly, the fans in Wisconsin are amazing. We are so proud of the work that you’ve all done, as artists of all kinds, as promoters, as booking agents, and, most importantly, as fans. Without your support the scene would not exist, and neither would IfdaKamp. We want to take this opportunity to thank Ben Vosters at Expansion Theory Productions for his tireless efforts in expanding our scene.
As the New Year begins, we are very excited to begin the lead up to IfdaKamp! Shortly, we will be releasing tickets, making artist & pre-party tour announcements, and more! For now, we are proud to release the IfdaKamp 2012 artwork, done for us by Dave Compton-Wolff!
Hopefully everyone is having a pleasant New Year & holiday season so far! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on IfdaKamp 2012! Thanks for the continued love and support, everyone! We couldn’t do it without you and we hope to see you at IfdaKamp 2012!
On a rare tour of the US Ozric Tentacles will make an even rarer stop in Wisconsin! Ozric will be performing only a handful of dates in support of their new album 'Paper Monkeys' before they head back overseas. Be sure to catch these world renowned pioneers of jamtronica in an extremely intimate setting, with special guests, Wisconsin's own jamtronica trailblazers, Ifdakar! Tickets for this all ages show are just $20 and can be purchased through the link below.... Ticketing ~ http://ifdakar.com/OzricTix
As we enter the month of June, the reality that the first ever IfdaKamp Festival is actually upon us, races through our minds, much like the thoughts of Christmas morning does for a child. After the years of visions, and the months of planning, it's all about to go down. Due to the cooperation of everyone involved, things have gone off mostly without a hitch. We encountered a few bumps in the road, but that was absolutely expected. There's no doubt there will be a few more, and we are ready.
To say that this has been a learning experience would be an understatement. We have gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience that will no doubt serve us, as we continue to bring the state more and more events, increasing in scale and diversity. We have learned a great deal about community, social awareness, friendship and paying it forward. As we continue to grow, so will our connections to like-minded endeavors, community awareness, and social concerns. Our impact on the Earth demands at least an effort to give back, and we will heed that call. Stay tuned for more information on how you can become involved in our so-called 'Wisco Tribe'. More on that another time....
We'd like to give you a bit of information on what you can expect over the IfdaKamp weekend, June 16-18. Below you'll find news on things like gate time, gate procedure, camping info, a list of vendors, links to printable schedules, directions and more. We ask that should any information you need be left out, to drop us an email, so we can answer those questions.
Gates will open at 1pm on Thursday, June 16th. Gates will re-open around 11am, and close around 9pm on each subsequent day. Should you arrive during closed hours, someone will still be able to check you in. Just hang tight.
Once you arrive at the gate, you will check in, be directed to the parking area, and directed to the camping area.
You will need to walk your camping gear to the camping area, but it's really not that far at all. If you flag down one of us on a golf cart, we may even be able to give you a lift, provided our attention isn't needed elsewhere.
We've got what we think is a pretty cool camping set-up. Basically, find a spot and make it your own! There is a large field in the valley near the Campground Stage that you may use, if you'd like to be close to the action. Otherwise, head into the woods and find your perfect spot. The woods are fairly dense, but we will have some areas manicured to better accommodate camping. Be advised, however, when camping in the woods, camp at your own risk! If you see the Hookah Dookah Monster, it's already too late....
RV's will be directed to a separate parking area.
Bottles, fireworks, and other banned items will be confiscated upon check-in.
Follow THIS LINK for Detailed Rules & Safety Info
Follow THIS LINK for Detailed Directions
Follow THIS LINK for Performance Schedule
Follow THIS LINK for Ticketing
Vendors will be directed to their designated spots, upon check-in. Vendor check-in can occur anytime Thursday morning. If you'd really rather check in Wednesday night, just let us know, and we'll be ready for you.
We are pleased to present the IfdaKamp 2011 Vendors
Trent Hoffman Vending
Zach Schmidt Vending
A~PATCHE Patchwork Clothing
Scarlet Fire Catering
Dirty Foot Goods
Mystic Skye Originals
Vendors are allowed to be open day and night. Please patronize these fine people and their quality goods. Unauthorized vending, and 'roaming' vending will be strictly forbidden, so avoid dealing with any of those people who might slip through. We will deal with them.
We are pleased to announce that we will have a disc golf course on the grounds courtesy of A Discs Throw! Hole #1 will be conveniently located underneath a marked E-Z Up. Feel free to grab a disc and try out your skills on our IfdaKamp Course!
We will have 2 main fire pits; one by the Main Stages and one by the Campground Stage. Both will be raging tall and proud throughout the weekend, accented by fire dancers, and accompanied by the music.
Our Main Merch Booth is where you'll be able to find things like band gear, upcoming event literature, ice, general information, performance schedules, information of our IfdaKares Charity, and more. Stop by and say hi to our friendly staff!
Our amplified noise ordinance is 1am on the Main Stage and 3am on the Campground Stage. We encourage acoustic jamming throughout the weekend, however. Bring your band, or just bring your instruments! Who knows, you might even end up starting your own group right there at IfdaKamp! Let the spirit of the music flow through you, as a fan and as a performer.
Grounds close at 1pm on Sunday, June 19th. Anyone left lingering after that will be forced to help clean up. Kind of kidding but kind of not. Hopefully, everyone will be respectful to the grounds and the need for cleaning up will be minimal.
So, that's about it! Once again, if there are any other questions or comments, please feel free to email us anytime, and we will get back to you ASAP. We want to thank everyone involved for their help and support in turning our dream into a reality. We couldn't have done it without! We are extremely eager to get out to Whispering Hills and light the candle on what is sure to be the first of many, many IfdaKamp festivals!
See you on the 16th!!!! ~ Curt, Jon, Zach & Frank
Thanks to our wonderful IfdaKamp 2011 sponsors and partners!
Take a second and check them out online!
The Months are becoming weeks and the weeks are becoming days as we rapidly approach the month of June and the coming of the first annual IfdaKamp! In fact you have until the end of April to get a ticket for only $60 and then the price will be raised to $70, so waste no time heading over to http://ifdakamp.com/tickets to pick up yours today. If you haven't already, check out http://ifdakamp.com to find out more about the artists playing, see the schedule, and listen to a selection of the artists playing. We'll see you at Whispering Hills June 16, 17, 18!
Beyond IfdaKamp we are taking our talents to Project Earth where we will be heading up the IfdaCamp stage. Being a part of this family oriented festival is an Honor and we are thankful that Wookiefoot invited us along to what will be sure to be a wondrous weekend!
And if that wasn't enough, Ifdakar will also be playing at Festi Di Bella Tempo Over May 27, 28, 29 2011. The Line includes a plethora of great music including Lotus, EOTO, Kellar Williams, Buckethead, and Tea Leaf Green.
Summer is just around the corner and we can't wait to see all your smiling faces!
We are proud to bring you the 1st Annual IfdaKamp Music & Camping Festival, being held on the weekend of June 17th & 18th! Located at beautiful Whispering Hills in Kiel, WI, IfdaKamp will boast the best and brightest in our regional music scene. With ample wooded camping, rolling hills, hiking trails, apple orchards, and a concert bowl with a natural ampitheater, Whispering Hills is a testament to the beauty that our wonderful state has to offer.
A short drive from Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago or even Minneapolis, IfdaKamp will bring you all of the things you love about your favorite festivals. Non-stop music starting at a reasonable time, fire dancers, vendors, wooded walk-abouts, on site bar service, friendly staff and security, late night sets, bonfire jam-alongs; just some of the things you'll find at IfdaKamp. As always, we must respect our Mother Earth and our gracious host, Whispering Hills. Leave only footprints, take only memories!
The ecclectic line-up at IfdaKamp will feature acts from all over the region ranging from electronica, bluegrass, DJs, folk, psych rock, funk, reggae, good old fashioned jam and much more! We'll be announcing confirmed artists soon, so stay tuned!
For more info check http://ifdakamp.com
Ifdakar would like to welcome Sam Binder on Keyboards, Jeremy Defibaugh on Percussion, and Frank Deringer on Drums. As we turn a new leaf we set out to bring our new sound to festivals such as Bella Vida, Jakefest, Feel Good, and Grateful Garcia Gathering along with many club dates to round out the summer.
We would also like to thank Homegrown Music Network for bringing us into their catalog. It is a privilege to be sharing the company of all the great bands in this national network.
Our Debut Album continues to champion rave reviews from the aforementioned Homegrown Music Network and Fox Valley's entertainment guide The Scene.
The Ifda-Store is now online, your one stop for all things Ifdakar and be sure to stop by our show page to see when we will be in a venue near you.