Campfire Coverage: An Interview with Mike & Steve of The Indobox

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WHAT A WEEKEND!!! Campfire Outdoor Adventure & Music Festival, held this past weekend, was filled with friends, great music and lots of memories made.  The venue, located in Lakewood, PA,  is beyond perfect.  Waterslides, kayaks, comfy cabins, a hot tub, fire pit, rock wall, all nestled in a natural & nostalgic “summer camp” setting.  I've been to many festivals, but this was my favorite venue by far!


Saturday evening I sat down with long time friends Mike and Steve Learson of The Indobox in their cabin to chat about music and life. Indobox is based out of Boston, but Mike Carter and Joey Zarick are originally from NEPA.  I grew up with these guys so they hold a special place in my heart.


Indobox was formed in 2006 for the love of music, they said.  They hit the road hard playing and writing as much music as possible. They didn’t know where it would take them, but just knew they had to play- leading the band on a wonderful adventure.


The adventure has taken them up and down the east coast and west to Colorado.  Bars, clubs, large venues, parties and festivals.



SM: What do you enjoy most about playing festivals?
“Playing outdoors is a perk” - Steve says… “The natural elements really come into play.”


Mike adds, “I love starting the show in the evening and watching the sunset.  Ending when it’s dark, creates a whole new energy.  The natural elements create that energy and the crowd feeds off it and we experience it all together.  Festivals are like a huge party.  We get to hang with our friends, other bands and check out new music.”


I was really delighted by their second set of the day at The Acoustic Stage.  Familiar covers like, Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard”  and original tunes such as “Lollipops and Chapstick”.  It was nice seeing them sitting and playing, a really relaxed vibe, opposite of their usual high energy, jamming sets.  They said their last record was actually written acoustically but then recorded electrically.  The band has been tossing around the idea of coming out with an acoustic album. Mike says “its an interesting experience, taking the songs and peeling away the layers, breaking them down.”




I asked Mike a True or False: You can take a man out of Scranton, but not Scranton out of a man…
TRUE, he answered.   “Scranton is a place where people hold a bond, they are supportive, especially when you’re doing something outside of the box, they really stand behind it”.  Steve adds in that Scranton natives have Scranton pride and it goes a long way.


Steve, does music define you? - “Yes.  I wake up and to some point, even obsess about music.  It’s such an endeavour to be a songwriter, and when you break it down, it’s sort of selfish.  Songwriting is all about you and your life.”


Mike, why is music important in life?   “Music is an emotional outlet, I don’t think about it, it just feels goods.  Just like any art, it’s an expression of life.  You have complete control, and when you’re writing you’re in the moment.   I write at times of disarray and when life hits you with something heavy, it’s a way to process your thoughts.”





What is your dream gig?
Steve: Red Rocks
Mike: Perfect synergy from beginning to end, to be on fire, reading each other’s minds, make magic.




The fellas mentioned a little rumor that there’s a remix album in the works!! Can’t wait to hear what that’s all about.  Their FALL TOUR which includes a Thanksgiving Eve show at River Street Jazz Cafe (you heard it here first, kids) should be announced any day!!!  If you're looking to dance your feet off to great music, we highly recommend seeing a Box show near you.



Find out more about The Indobox:


Learn more about Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival:
Twitter: @campfirefestpa
Instagram: @campfirefestival

Campfire Music Festival : Cristin Interviews the event organizers!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ScrantonMade supports arts AND music, so we knew we had to hop on board when we saw CampfireMusic Festival coming to Lakewood, PA... only 55 min away!!!  Not to mention lots of my favorite friends are playing this wonderful 3 day event! (Rogue Chimp, The Indobox and Pappy).

To boot - I'll be celebrating my last weekend of freedom...hehe! - The following weekend I'll be marrying my handsome fiance, Jacob Cole of Rogue Chimp - who happens to be kicking off the festival Friday at 4pm on the Main Stage. 

 We'll keep you posted from our instagram, and follow up after the event with interviews from "ScrantonMade" bands as well as lots of photos.
  
This festival is one of a kind!  It has pools, a lake, mini golf, a rock climbing wall, a butt load of activities, and be sure to bring your yoga mat to get your flow on! (link: campfirefestival.com/activities/)  
We chatted with festival coordinator Ricky Ginsburg about the event....



How did Campfire choose the PA location?

It chose us! The promoter, Steve Kops, attended the camp. His wife and kids work and attend. It's a beautiful location for an intimate festival with pristine camping, lake etc.



Was it important for Campfire to include some local bands?

For sure. I believe festivals should be a celebration of the regional culture and the local bands are the lifeblood of that community. It's so exciting to shine a light on the guys that are living right here, so much talent amongst Rogue Chimp, Pappy from Cabinet, Amy Helm and her band. 



Who is your favorite act not to be missed?

I really love Langhorne Slim, Ryan Montbleau and Delta Spirit but honestly every artist on the bill is a band that at one point or another I was obsessed with.

Tell us about all the fun activities you have on grounds.

They're endless! Rock Climbing and Yoga, we have costume kick ball and a costume slam dunk contest..duh?!

Do you plan this to be an annual festival?

Without question. We have spent three years planning this event to insure it is sustainable for years to come. We want this to be a new end of summer tradition for folks in the Northeast. 



Why do you think music festivals are important to the music industry?

Well, it might sound naive but I don't spend much time thinking about the music industry. It's such a beast and can have some really dark alleys. I try to focus on creating a culture within our organization that will celebrate the community, artists, healthy living and memories with friends and family. If we can accomplish that and it helps the industry in some way then that's good too I guess. 




With all those great acts and fine tuned details, there is no reason to miss this great festival!!!  3 days of music, games, cabins, swimming and so close to home!  I can't think of a better way to celebrate getting married while working at my dream job (ScrantonMade), getting to hear music, see my fiancee play, dance, and play in the summer sun. 

Find out more about CampFire Festival:
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Through the lens of Laura Ancherani of Organicography: Arts on the Square 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014
It was so much fun to pARTner up with wedding & lifestyle photographer Laura Ancherani of Organicography to photograph Arts on the Square.  We think you’ll agree Laura captured some amazing moments On The Square!



What is your background?
I grew up loving all forms of art and performance but didn't get into photography and design until later in life. I am completely self-taught in photography with no formal training but I am currently studying graphic design at Marywood University.



When did you get into photography?
I began shooting in 2000 when my family moved to the country. I would go on long walks and just shoot nature and the town with my mom's camera. Once people saw my work there was a snowball effect and I had my first solo exhibit within 2 years and I have never looked back since. Photography for me is just something that is relaxing and completely natural. It brings me great joy :)



What was your most memorable shoot?
 I have so many that I love but there's one I captured on a whim of my daughter smelling a flower that I just adore! We were on a walk together and it was just a small moment and I felt lucky that I was able to capture it forever.




Do you think photography and graphic design go hand in hand?  
I think being able to do graphic design can enhance what you can do with the presentation of your photographs i.e. creating books, cards, ads, etc. I like being able to do my own work and not rely on someone else.




Does being a graphic designer change the way you take photos?
No not unless I'm working on a specific project but most of the time that never enters my mind. I consider myself a photographer first and a graphic designer second.




What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
I started off as primarily a landscape photographer and then got into covering events and people so I would say it's hard for me to choose. I really enjoy all of it! I started shooting weddings in 2009 and I still get butterflies in my stomach as if it was the first time! I consider it a huge honor that families and couples allow me to be a part of their lives in such a big way :)




We loved having you as a partner for AOTS, why do you think it’s important to partner with community events?
I think it is important to support our local arts community and to make it thrive! We live in a county that is so supportive of the arts and really goes above and beyond to help artists have access to the community and vice versa and it is an amazing partnership. I work on and with numerous arts related events all over Lackawanna County and each and every one of them increase the richness in NEPA and AOTS is no exception!






Find out More about Laura:
Twitter: @organicography
Instagram: @organicography

Thank you, Scranton!!!

See you tomorrow at Arts on the Square!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014
There are so many things going on at Arts on the Square tomorrow.  Here’s a sneak peek!!!


Live Paintings by Benjamin Adcroft and Evan Hughes to be raffled off to the public!



Curated live #instagram Photo Wall and Polaroid portrait photography by John Ingiaimo!


Slow Motion Photo Booth by Voyager Video, PA Film School and JVW!




Free Painting Classes by Spirited Art Scranton!




The Big Three Tent- Everhart Museum, Scranton Cultural Center & Lackawanna Co. Library Systems- “Summer of Science: the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water” an interactive science experience and art installation for all ages.  


Free Drawing Classes with Dino Denaples!




Interactive art piece & photo station by Shanty Town Design!


Live Music on two stages!!!




Free Yoga Classes all Day!


Food Trucks and Outdoor Cafe!

Also, Children's Activity Tent, Street art installations by artists Nicole Laurel, Maura Cummings and Ashley Kujat. Yarn Bombing by Annie Cadden and her team of fiber artists and SO MUCH MORE!

SEE YOU AT #ARTSONTHESQUARE