An experience – a chance to disconnect – a place to get away near ‘Busco – that’s how some would describe this weekend’s upcoming Pinestock Music Festival in Churubusco, Indiana (22 miles northwest of downtown Fort Wayne). In its fifth year, Pinestock is now a two-night event beginning 7 p.m. on Friday, September 11 with a new location about a mile from the original site.
“This is by far our biggest attempt and endeavor so far making it two nights,” said co-founder and operations manager Nicholas Weaver.
There are about twenty bands and artists performing during the two-day festival. Acts range from folk, indie, and rock to hip hop, and electronic.
On Friday night, Pinestock is branching out into the community by taking over two local Churubusco bars – DW Bar & Grill (see lineup) and Michelle’s Bar & Grill (see lineup)- with five live acts playing in each, and both bars will have their own drink specials for purchase. A trolley will take attendees from the new main festival site at Little Slice of Heaven Disc Golf Course to each of the bars.
“We’re really trying to integrate in with the community of Churubusco and let them know this is not just some party that they can’t come to,” said Weaver.
On Saturday night, nine acts (with a possible surprise tenth act) will be performing in the main festival area (see lineup). Two-day and Saturday-only ticket options are available for purchase at the gate or on the Pinestock website here. Volunteers can receive free or discounted tickets to the event (see more information).
The festival this year has expanded food and beverage options. Bottomless beer will be available at the festival site on Saturday night and is included in select ticket prices. Chapman’s Brewing Company is a partial sponsor of the beer this year, and Bravas Food will be serving up their food truck creations with Mocha Lounge offering some specialty breakfast items on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Food is not included in the ticket price.
“People are excited to camp Friday night,” said Weaver. “They are excited to come out and get into those bars. I think they’re excited to ride the trolley, too.”
Weaver anticipates 500-600 attendees at this year’s festival as it continues to steadily grow with more music acts.
“It’s just a small group of friends here who have started it and it will probably stay that way until we get to a point where we can’t handle it,” said Weaver.
This small group, along with volunteers, make this festival a unique experience for all those who attend.
“We were just sitting around a bonfire talking about music festivals that we had went to that we thought were overpriced and were headaches to kind of deal with,” said Weaver. “Why does a festival have to be like that?”So Weaver and fellow co-founder Nate Norris set out to create Pinestock on twenty acres of swamp and old pine tree farm on Norris’ property outside of Churubusco before moving the event to its new location.
“That first time we kind of started talking about it, we kind of thought about this all-inclusive, everything is included in your ticket,” said Weaver. “You come, you’re in, and once you’re in, [almost] everything there is yours.”
Weaver hopes to build a community of people who have gotten to know each other over the past few years while experiencing and discovering music from local and regional talent.
“We try to make sure that we feature some of the best local music and also bring in some bands that no one’s never heard of that are great,” said Weaver.
If you’re going to come out to the festival and take in the music, there are a few things you should bring: a blanket or chairs to sit on, a tent if you’re going to camp, and bug spray.
“It’s not a shoulder to shoulder mosh pit-type atmosphere,” said Weaver. “From a festival perspective, it’s kind of laid back, move at your own pace kind of deal.”
The festival will go on, rain or shine, unless severe weather forces a cancellation.
“You can expect great music, you can expect great food from Bravas and Mocha Lounge, you can expect some of the best local and regional beer, and then you can expect just to sit back and just kind of hang,” said Weaver.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit pinestockfestival.com and connect on social media on Facebook and Twitter. Friday night’s event lineup is only for people 21 years old and older. Tickets for those under 21 are available for Saturday’s lineup.
Join Pinestock this Friday at 4680 S. 200 E., Churubusco, Indiana 46723.