Major music, art fest coming to Kennekuk

Major music, art fest coming to Kennekuk

4-day September event to feature dozens of acts

Organizers said a major music and art festival that's coming to the area in September is expected to bring more than 40 well-known musicians and 15,000 to 30,000 fans to the area.

The first Phases of the Moon festival is set for Sept. 11-14 at Kennekuk County Park, 5 miles west of Danville.

A variety of tickets — including general admission, early admission and VIP Experience — are available. Discounted Phase 1 tickets go on sale Feb. 10.

"This is going to be a gathering of wonderful musicians — blues, soul, Southern rock, funk, all of those easy kinds of music," said Jeanie Cooke, executive director of the Danville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, which teamed up with Phases of the Moon to present the event.

"Most of these bands are headliners at other festivals. You can see Grammy Award-winning Leon Russell, Tedeschi Trucks Band and (artist-in-residence) David Gans, who's well known in the music industry. They really want it to be an organic, feel-good experience for families and individuals."

Here are some other things to know:

What is it?

A four-day music and arts festival and camping event for people of all ages. The 40-plus bands will perform on four outdoor stages — two main stages and two smaller ones.

The event will also feature visual and performing artwork, workshops, a food court with a wide selection of farm-to-table fare, a craft beer garden, a farmers' market, Phases General Store, a mall of craft vendors and the Crescent Moon Kids Area, where children and their parents can hang out and do activities.

Forest tent camping, family camping and RV camping will be available.

Who's performing?

Besides Russell, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Gans, who will perform four times, organizers have signed Widespread Panic, performing two nights; Lunar Landing Conspiracy; Gov't Mule; Galactic; Robert Randolph & The Family Band; Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Jackie Green Band, performing two nights; Anders Osborne; Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat; and Dumpstaphunk.

Others include Karl Denson's Tiny Universe; Galactic; JJ Grey & Mofro; Monophonics; the Revivalists; The Main Squeeze; Soulive; Tea Leaf Green; Rumpke Mountain Boys, performing four times; Matt Schofield; Clare Dunn; Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds; and James Jones Trio, a local band.

Organizers are still signing artists. For upcoming artist announcements, go to

When you're not listening to music

— Take a walk down Phases Participation Row, designed to showcase local and national nonprofit organizations, or attend workshops on a wide variety of topics — from music and art to sustainability and other "green" initiatives.

The festival and Conscious Alliance have teamed up to hold the Art that Feeds food drive. Attendees who donate 20 nonperishable food items will receive a free commemorative Phases of the Moon Festival poster. The food will be donated to local communities in Illinois.

Teachers, instructors and presenters can apply to join in at

— Browse unique artwork. There will be all mediums of art from nationally known and local artists. The works will include large interactive sculptures and live art.

Attendees have a chance to not only see the art, but mingle with the artists.

Visual or performance artists who are interested in showcasing their work, may submit applications at the event's website. Space and artist slots are limited.

— Explore the 3,000-acre park, which is bordered by the Middle Fork National Scenic River and the Middle Fork State Wildlife Area. Kennekuk has miles of hiking trails, prairies, the 170-acre Lake Mingo, ponds, streams and the Bunker Hill Historic Area.

— Unwind at The Sanctuary, an activity area for the mind, body and soul. The quiet zone will feature gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, drums, rattles, chimes and other sound-healing instruments, yoga classes, meditation and other metaphysical activities.

Volunteer opportunities

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the event. Anyone who's interested can sign up for email lists at and check the box that says, "I am interested in volunteering."

They will be notified by email as soon as the application process is set up.

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