sad songs summer camp schedule


Get your saddest songs together & get ready for a decidedly not-sad time making music with the Milk Carton Kids, vera sola & special guests.

An experience unlike any other, the Sad Songs Summer Camp offers two days of immersive classes and three evenings of entertainment in the serene setting of the Catskill Mountains. The camp will provide a space for a lucky group of individuals to learn, co-write, workshop, and, if desired, perform for an audience of like-minded peers— all with the guidance of The Milk Carton Kids and some of their favorite songwriters and comedians. Mornings will have Kenneth, Joey and their hand-picked guest artists guiding master classes that explore the ins and outs of harmony singing, songwriting, arrangement, lyricism, stage-banter and performance. After lunch, students will break off into workshops, working solo or with other campers on the skills of their choice, with encouragement and tips from TMCK and other SSSC instructors. Evenings are packed with entertainment, with performance opportunities for campers (don’t worry they’re not required), late night jam sessions, and informal song circles. Not to mention two intimate Milk Carton Kids concerts. Whether it’s over breakfast or around the campfire, students will have the opportunity to hang out with TMCK and friends while learning the tricks of their trade. Campers will come from all over the world to hone already established skills, take creative risks, and make lifelong personal and professional connections. Maybe you’ll even form a harmony duo of your own. By the end of the week you’ll be writing sad songs and making happy memories. So reserve your spot today!

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD

3:00-5:00PM CHECK IN & REGISTRATION

5:00-6:00PM MEET & GREET ON THE FRONT LAWN

6:00-7:30PM DINNER IN THE PAVILION (OPEN MIC SIGN-UP)

8:00-9:00PM FACULTY WELCOME CONCERT IN THE PAVILION
(INTRO TO THE CAMP CONCEPT)

9:00-11:00PM OPEN MIC IN THE BARN AND SONG CIRCLE OUTSIDE (CAMPER BREAKOUT)

LATE NIGHT: SUPRO SOUND STAGE & BILLIARD ROOM AVAILABLE FOR JAMMING

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH 

8:30-10:00AM BREAKFAST IN THE PAVILION

10:00-11:45AM THE MILK CARTON KIDS MASTERCLASS (OVERVIEW OF CONCEPT, VOCAL HAMRONY AND Q+A) IN THE BARN

12:00-1:30PM VERA SOLA WORKSHOP

1:30-2:30PM LUNCH IN THE PAVILION

2:30-4:00PM CAMPER BREAKOUT/WRITING SESSIONS (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS W/ ROAMING INSTRUCTION FROM TMCK AND GUEST ARTISTS)

4:15-5:00PM THE MILK CARTON KIDS MASTERCLASS (TMCK ARRANGE A SONG FOR PARTICIPANTS)

5:15-6:00PM HOW TO BE FUNNY (OR AT LEAST NOT BORING) BETWEEN SONGS (CLASS AND OPEN Q+A)

6:30-8:00PM DINNER IN THE PAVILION

8:00-11:00PM OPEN MIC IN THE BARN AND SONG CIRCLE OUTSIDE (CAMPER BREAKOUT)

LATE NIGHT: SUPRO SOUND STAGE & BILLIARD ROOM AVAILABLE FOR JAMMING

THURSDAY, JULY 25TH 

8:30-10:00AM BREAKFAST IN THE PAVILION

10:00-11:45AM VERA SOLA WORKSHOP

12:00-1:30PM LIVE SONGWRITING (TMCK WRITE A SONG IN FRONT OF CLASS)

1:30-2:30PM LUNCH IN THE PAVILION

2:30-3:45PM SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOP

4:00-6:00PM CAMPER BREAKOUT/WRITING SESSIONS (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS W/ ROAMING INSTRUCTION FROM TMCK AND GUEST ARTISTS)

6:30-8:00PM DINNER IN THE PAVILION

8:00 PM FACULTY FAREWELL CONCERT IN THE PAVILION

LATE NIGHT: STUDENT SHOWCASE IN THE BARN (SOLO AND DUO)

FRIDAY, JULY 26TH 

8:30-10:00AM BREAKFAST IN THE PAVILION

10:30AM: SHUTTLE DEPARTS FOR BIG INDIAN BUS STOP

11:00AM CHECKOUT

*SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE