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Welcome to Camp Smokey Bear Festival, Chicago's only hip hop cultural music festival. This summer camp themed, one day music festival invites guest to experience the beauty of Illinois wildlife and nature; while celebrating the endless amounts of Chicago hip hop culture! Every corner is covered in all things Chicago! Our food, retail vendors, and musical performers are all made right here in Chicago!
This year the CSB Fest staff is happy to announce POWER 92.3 Chicago, as an official partnered sponsor. It is with the help of local sponsorship like this, we are able to continue this festival for years to come! Be sure to visit the Power 92.3 Chicago tent exclusively in our VIP Artist lounge.
The Melodic New Sound of Chicago Street Rap
by Alphonse Pierre Staff Writer - As featured on Pitchfork.com
"On a late summer day in September 2018, dozens of young Chicagoans gathered in the woods of South Holland, Illinois to get a glimpse of the future. The event was Camp Smokey Bear, an outdoor, summer camp-themed festival where the city’s best and brightest new talent was performing. Some of the most influential figures in the city’s hip-hop scene were also there, including 26-year-old Finesse Fest, a locally-known DJ and event producer. Already scheduled to play as part of the event’s line-up of DJs, Finesse Fest found out he would be doing double duty that day when he got a call from Calumet City, Ill. rapper 147Calboy’s management team. They needed Finesse Fest to DJ for the 19-year-old rising star during his set. While hastily preparing for the performance, Finesse Fest perused the set list and listened to the corresponding tracks Calboy’s management team had sent. One song grabbed his attention immediately—Calboy’s soon-to-be viral hit “Envy Me.” Finesse was already familiar with Calboy’s sing-rap flow but this song was special. Not only had Calboy improved his melodic delivery and descriptive storytelling, but the track’s somber piano-driven beat felt like the perfect accompaniment for his emotive vocals. “As soon as I played ‘Envy Me’ I was grabbed by how relatable it was,” Finesse Fest says. In short time he saw the song become a phenomenon in Chicago and then across the country. “Three months later [and] it’s on the radio, playing out of cars, and even Meek Mill is talking about it, it was everywhere.”
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