Three-day art, music festival proposed for Kennekuk this fall

Three-day art, music festival proposed for Kennekuk this fall

DANVILLE — This fall, Kennekuk County Park could be the site of a new three-day art, movement and music festival organized by a Chicago-based company.

Ken Konsis, executive director of the Vermilion County Conservation District, said the district's board will decide March 21 on signing a contract to host the event, which would be held in September.

Konsis said the organizers, Blake Smolensky and Josh Eidenberg with Tranquility Launch Pad in Chicago, visited Kennekuk about three weeks ago.

"They love the site," Konsis said.

Smolensky, 28, said the three-day camping event would be a creative endeavor celebrating mind, body and spirit through art, movement and a variety of music with 2,500-4,500 attendees and a lineup of Chicago-based musicians, artists and vendors, but no alcohol. He said the event is focused on health and well-being.

"We're looking to facilitate the ease and transfer of love, energy and wisdom across an intimate subset of Chicago's creative community," he said, adding that in addition to live music, there will be live painting, sculpting and static installations to look at and interact with, as well as yoga, slack lining, sound baths and energy healing. "Different things of that nature, more focused on the mindfulness aspect."

Eidenberg, 28, who works in video and live-event production, said he's been to festivals, summits and conferences all over the world ranging from a couple hundred people to nearly 200,000 and knows what works and what doesn't. He said he and Smolensky believe you don't need alcohol to be able to connect with people and have a shared memorable experience.

"This is really such a great opportunity for Chicago's emerging artists to have a stage and be part of the festival and showcase their talents," he said, adding that they are also very excited to be working with the people at Kennekuk and the conservation district. "It seems like they are the right people to be working with. We are happy to bring some excitement to the county."

To put the size of the potential event in perspective, Konsis said in terms of attendance, it would be smaller than both the annual "Cheeseburgers and Fun" fundraiser in August, which attracts about 8,000 people for a daylong event, and the inaugural Phases of the Moon music and art festival in September 2014, which attracted more than 8,000 people but was hampered by soggy grounds caused by heavy rains.

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