Todd Rundgren Expecting Lots of Special Guests at 2014 Summer Fan Camp
-- This August, Todd Rundgren will host the latest in a series of fan camps that he's organized over the past few years. While the previous editions were held in 2011 and 2012 outside of Woodstock, New York, this year's event -- called the Mythic Pacific Retreat -- will take place at the Cambria Pines Lodge in scenic Cambria, California.
The innovative and lauded singer/songwriter tells ABC News Radio that the location of this year's extravaganza, which he points out is "pretty much smack in the middle between Los Angeles and San Francisco," will make it more accessible to a greater number of fans. In addition, he says the locale also will make it "easier for us to get certain other participants to come…So we expect this year we're going to have a lot of guests show up."
While Rundgren says it's too early for him to confirm any of the specific musicians who'll be visiting Cambria during the retreat, he reports that he expects "a number of younger artists in the area [to] come and show up and play for us." He adds that among the artists who've shown interest in taking part in the festivities are "a couple of acts who have cited me as being influential to them…So, that's going to be fun and interesting."
Todd says the Mythic Pacific Retreat also will differ from his previous fan camps in that the scheduling of activities will be looser and more open, since there's so much to do, both at the lodge and in the surrounding areas.
"It's in the vicinity of Morro Bay, which is one of the great beaches in California," he points out. "There's wineries all over the place, so I'm sure a lot of people are going to go out and get loaded in the afternoon, and there's San Simeon, the Hearst Castle there."
Meanwhile, the Cambria Pines Lodge is set on 25 acres of wooded land, and features an outdoor pool, multiple spas, gardens, walking trails, fine dining and more.
In addition to performances by Todd and the special guests, Rundgren says another focus of the Mythic Pacific Retreat will be on the talents of the campers themselves, whether or not they're musically inclined.
"What I'm hoping will happen is that people will go to some lengths to try and devise some entertainment for the rest of the campers to enjoy," he tells ABC News Radio. "You know, for some people, the principal reason why they come is to jam at night…So, opening up the broader possibilities for people who don't actually play but do have something interesting to share, that's kind of what the emphasis is about this year."
Rundgren's Mythic Pacific Retreat is scheduled to run from August 18 until August 22.
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