So I turn 26 today, right around 3:25 in the afternoon. I'm in a pretty good mood even without that, and I thought I would just share some of the music I've been listening to today, and tell you a little bit about a show coming to town tonight. I know it's two topics in one article, but I really wanted to talk about all of this at once, so here we are.
By now, anyone who has read my column knows I like to search the various nooks and crannies of the Midwest and root out the music hiding in the cornfields. Our particular swath of America is home to such a diverse cross section of American culture, and lately the music scene in our area has been exploding.
Shoe Fest is such an experience that I simply don’t have time to break it down by each individual performance, so I am just going to see where this column takes me. I mean, anyone who has read my column before knows that Shoe Fest is near and dear to my heart, like it is to so many in the Midwest.
Festival season is winding down, and with the cancellation of Phases of the Moon down in Arkansas (that festival seems to be cursed...), the end is coming even sooner than expected. Luckily for those of us here in the Midwest, there's still "one more dance before summer turns to fall". That is the wonderful weekend of bluegrass, roots, folk, funk, jazz, and rock known as Shoe Fest.
So Magnaball, the tenth festival for powerhouse jam band Phish, has finally come and gone, and left us all exhausted but thrilled, and the memories will stick around forever (it's pretty cool that the recordings of the shows are already available).
Now that we are all basking in the fading sunshine from Fare Thee Well, it is time to look forward, for the summer is far from over, and there are many more songs to fill the air. Ragefest was a rousing success a couple weeks ago, even with the venue change.