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.
What with festival season being in full swing by now, it can be easy to forget about some of the great local music just playing around town all over the country. Coming soon (July 18th), some of the finest in Illinois are coming out to rock Mike N Molly's in downtown Champaign for the second annual Bonesstock!
Now that Summer Camp has kicked things off for festival season and Wakarusa heats up this weekend down on Mulberry Mountain, it's time to plan ahead for the summer what weekends we'll all be taking off for camping and music. If you haven't already booked your summer plans, check out Ragefest in a few weeks (June 26-28) down in New Athens.
Hard to believe it's already been a week since Summer Camp. It was a great weekend filled with some truly incredible tunes. I could talk about Umphrey's McGee's set with Gene Ween all day, as well as Joe Russo's Almost Dead, moe., Trampled By Turtles, Old Shoe, the Violent Femmes, the Steve Miller Band, Here Come the Mummies, and more.