Winding Down Summer
Well it's already August of 2014 somehow, and it's been a great year for music. But it's not quite over yet; Shoe Fest is just around the corner (Labor Day weekend), and with a lineup featuring The Wood Brothers, two nights of a revamped, prog-heavy Old Shoe, Chicago legends Mr. Blotto, and many more favorites and newcomers, it promises to scratch that itch in your dancing shoes. I highly recommend grabbing a ticket and getting on board.
Two weeks after Shoe Fest (and just down the road in Kennekuk Park) is the much-anticipated inaugural Phases of the Moon. By now news has circulated that Bob Weir and Ratdog will not be performing, and we wish him all the best. The lineup, however, remains stellar, with two nights of southern jam heroes Widespread Panic, the String Cheese Incident's own set and then the mysterious Lunar Landing Conspiracy (which SCI will be curating), Railroad Earth, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't. Mule, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (one of my personal favorite bands), and a host of other roots, blues, bluegrass, folk, and funk music (Kung Fu late-night set!), it sounds like it will be a real blowout. Next-to-car camping doesn't hurt either. If you haven't checked out Phases yet, do yourself a favor and look into it, it promises to be a rowdy good time. Hopefully I'll see some of you there.