Stress Free Weekend Campout 10 Year Reunion bringing the event out to the WEST COAST! We are truly excited to share our passion about dedicating our full energy into creating a *STRESS FREE* WEEKEND environment, with a positive atmosphere, great vibes, and quality company. Come escape life for a few days and enjoy the experience! Spend some time *with your phone off* away from the city. Join in on the camping fun. We look forward to everyone spending some time at the fire pit to cap things off.
Expanding out to the WEST COAST, and we couldn’t do it without bringing some EAST COAST flavor and talent from our loyal go-to talent being added to the mix!
Stress Free Summer Weekend Camp Out is the vision of Mike Katz president of Alternative Brand Marketing www.AlternativeBrandMarketing.com, founder of www.NoDramaStateside.com (successor of UnderStandInc Entertainment) & Principal of World Wide Artist Management www.WorldWideAM.com. With 19+ Years of experience in the event industry with a history of over 5,000 marketing and music events managed since 2002.
2013 marked the very first year for the SFS, and with the right team in place, the right combination of musical performers, and the right atmosphere it’s become an annual tradition each year in September to end the summer season and get together with old and new friends alike. Our first 3 years were hosted at Croton Point Park in Westchester, NY.
September 26th – September 30th. In 2013 we kicked off the initial event and was FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. We had daytime music in a centered pavilion featuring local and regional live jam bands followed by some live hip hop performances before closing down at dusk and remaining a private event for those camping and with cabin reservations where we continued the event with an inside area of music featuring a variety of DJs.
2013 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears | Bit Crusher | Hokilla | HardBass Addicts | Wisdom
Ball Room Jacks | The Paper Jets | Caroline Jones | Good Time Sexy Party | Jungle Jazz Initiative | Amazing Octopus Septet | Bingus Jones | Return to Zero | Rocky & The Pressers
Integrity | Joe Balance | MeShugs | Mizeyesis | Mike Martian | No Request | Skope (RIP)
Lingo & GrindMode with affiliates and friends | TRAC | Thesis | 9 Bridges | Famous | D.O.C
September 26th – September 28th. The 2nd installment saw us grow staying in the park but shifting to the Air Field closer to the beach area, this allowed the park to host us as a private event while still renting out reservations on their own for campsites and cabins.
2014 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears | Bit Crusher | Hokilla | HardBass Addicts | Wisdom | Mama Juana
6th Degree | Jungle Jazz Initiative | The Bronx Singer & Friends |
No Request | I-Cue | Odyssey | Metaphysical | James Costas | Tom B Ill | MeShugs | Spinsycle | J/K | Animus | Skope (RIP) | Rexx | Mike Martian | Cat Bastard
Lingo & GrindMode with affiliates and friends | TRAC
September 25th – September 27th. We continued to grow and were featured on the front page of the Journal News with a photo of our very own resident and legend DJ MAMA JUANA being highlighted in a great positive article which we are proud of! In expanding we had 3 sanctioned musical stages alongside a bonus renegade daytime area inspired,m curated, and hosted by SATURDAY MORNING CARTUNES. The music selection increased including a wider mix of talent across LIVE BANDS, EMCEES, and DJS. It became obvious that we either needed to move to private property or adjust how the reservations would be set-up along with the hours of music… While one day we truly hope to be able to come back to the cabins and campground areas of Croton Point, with the changing of the guard in management it was time to move on-wards.
2015 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears | Bit Crusher | Hokilla | HardBass Addicts | Wisdom | Mama Juana
BECX | Breakfast For The Boys | Cosmal & Ali Laz | Durians | Fluid Druids | Holy Hand Grenade | Satorii | Sunflower & The Seeds | The Big Drops | Turkey Farm Five | Unexplained Bacon
Animus | Artemis | Bandikook | Bearsauce | CandyKid | Cat Bastard | Charles Mazzola | Codd Dubz | DANK | Electro-Tech | Elevate | Evac Protocol | Fine Print | GIR | Heather Heart | How Hard | Integrity | J/K | Jack McDevitt | Jeff LeClair | Lifeline | LinZ | Mama Juana | Mash | Matos & Lovelace | Matt Foley | Mentally Ill | Mike Martian | Molly McEhlerny | Nickie Fowler | Nicky Twist | No Request | ODI | Om Olak | Proper Dosage | Provakative | Psyncus | Pulsatorz | Redshift | Rich Kishita | Rufus Gibson | Serious Lee | SHIFTEE | SHORTEE | Skitch | Snico | Swanky Jones | The Russian |
Lingo & GrindMode with affiliates and friends | Big G’s | D-22 | Du-Karan | Have Nottaz | Sinical | St1ckz Diamondeyez | White Cheddar | Young Steady | Morbid
The next 3 years saw us move to private property being hosted at Blue Mountain Campground in Saugerties, NY.
September 30th – October 2nd. This was the first year where we moved the location to a privately owned campground property a bit further upstate in the mountains. It also was the first year where there were several ROAD TO BEING STRESS FREE events held leading up to the main event. Our ROAD TO series offered an opportunity for a more intimate daytime setting once a month in June, July, and August. During this series we were blessed to have a surprise triple rig B2B2B tag-team set between Lifeline, Miss Lexx, No Request, Cat Bastard, and more all jamming together as we diid a backyard campout which was a memorable blast! The main event got hit with torrential downpour the entire weekend which was a first for us after being blessed with perfect sunshine the previous years.
2016 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears | Bit Crusher | Hokilla | Wisdom
Space Bacon | Unexplained Bacon | Jungle Jazz Initiative | Turkey Farm Five | Cosmal & Ali Laz | Lord Electro
REMARC | VEKKED | HEATHER VAN VIPER | HEATHER HEART | SOUL SLINGER | Bandikook | Cat Bastard | Creature | No Request | LinZ | Lifeline | J/K | Rich Kishita | Leila | Mentally Ill | Nicky Twist | Proper Dosage | The Russian | Tuko
Lingo & GrindMode with affiliates and friends
September 8th – September 10th. We booked this year to be much earlier in order to have more favorable warmer weather conditions. We also opted to scale back the event in order to come back to our roots in the concept of friends spending a weekend together in nature and adjusted the event name and description away from the FESTIVAL vibe or mindset and referred to it as a RETREAT. As part of this approach we eliminated the Live Bands from the equation making it much easier to manage the music in keeping things more low-key per-say. The Live music aspect was certainly missed but our goal was achieved in keeping attendance to a vouch-only headcount.
2017 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears & Mama Juana | Bit Crusher
Kahncept | LinZ | Lifeline | J/K | Rich Kishita | Passive | The Russian | Tuko
Lingo & GrindMode with affiliates and friends | Ruste Juxx | Diabolic | WINDCHILL | Poet On Drugs | Bobby Bonez | JBM | Brilliant Mindz
September 7th – 9th. In moving across the country many people thought last year would be the end as we intentionally had made the event much smalled then in years past, however we wanted to continue the experience of getting together with friends for one weekend of the year as an annual tradition and booked the same venue for one more go around.
2018 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears & Mama Juana | Bit Crusher | Hokilla | Wisdom | HardBass Addicts
JAYLINE | Bou | Dutta | Kahncept | LinZ | Lifeline | IFP | Passive | The Russian | additional guests unannounced
Lingo & GrindMode with affiliates and friends | AYOK | City | Hazee Da Purp | Jake Strain | Mattrix | Meaty Bone | Poet on Drugs | Rah-C | SeeS
September 20th – 22nd. WEST COAST EDITION! This is the inaugural year of bringing the annual tradition out west for the first time. A private venue known as THE LOST RANCH has become our new home for the weekend. Dates have been set back towards the end of September and we are excited to be-able to bring some of our EAST COAST loyals, legends, and regulars out west to pair up with Southern California’s finest talent pool both local and regional, in addition to Headliners being brought in to round out a strong line-up focusing on the forefront of community, culture, music, arts, and camping, opening the flood gates open for public attendance at an affordable rate with 2 stages of music throughout the weekend.
2019 LINE UP
Mike Vertx | Big Ears | Hokilla | Kahncept | Tom B Ill | The Russian | Snico | Bandikook
R.A.W 6BLOCC | MARK S | HEATHER VAN VIPER | Machete | Clutch | SoothSlayer | JS2 (Daemia & J Splat) | R3M | Bad Syntax | Boh Curly | DCML | Dilligence | Megalith | Mr Deeds | Oceanus | and more
Lingo with Grindmode and Friends | LIT-1 | CSD | Oozi
Q: How Do I Get a Ticket?
A: Visit www.stressfreeweekend.com/#Tickets
Q: What is a coupon code and how do I get one?
A: There are limited discount codes available through performers and promoters
Q: Is Reentry allowed?
A: Yes, but heavily frowned upon. Gates are locked down at 12:00 AM (midnight) each night and re-open at 10:00 AM each morning
Q: How Can I Help?
A: Contact us about volunteer programs and options
Q: How Can I Vend?
A: Contact us for vending programs and option