5 Can’t-Miss Reasons to Go to Middle Waves Music Festival
Sep13

5 Can’t-Miss Reasons to Go to Middle Waves Music Festival

A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:45am PDT Middle Waves Music Festival turns up the volume and the good vibes this Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th at Headwaters Park. This second annual festival offers plenty of events to get hyped about. If you’re still on the fence about attending, check out our 5 can’t-miss reasons to go to Middle Waves.   1. The Music With three stages of local and national acts, the official lineup is jam-packed with great music. Between headliner MGMT and a medley of different music, you’re guaranteed to find tunes that you vibe with.   A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:08pm PDT   2. Vibe Events Speaking of vibes, there’s oodles of activities you can participate in for free with admission thanks to the Middle Waves Vibe Tribe. Get your hair done at the Braid Bar, pick up some glitter from the Glitter Bar, take a yoga class, meet a unicorn, snap a selfie at the photo ops, or hang out in a hammock or VW Bus – and that’s just a few events put together for the Middle Waves experience. A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 17, 2016 at 5:42am PDT 3. The Village A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 17, 2016 at 8:01am PDT The Village includes booths by local businesses and food vendors. Work up an appetite with all the activity? Don’t worry, your favorite fare is available, including Bravas Hot Dogs and Tacos Bravas, Vietnummy, Affine, and Big Apple Pizza and Deli. Beer and wine tents can be found in on both sides of the festival. Cheers! 4. Mini Waves   A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:50pm PDT Did you know that Middle Waves is kid friendly? There’s a festival within the festival just for kiddos called Mini Waves. Kids can visit the petting zoo, head to Storytime between Sets, get creative at the Craft Station or Construction Junction, get their face painted, play in one-of-a-kind cardboard playsets at Boxlanders Playspace, and unleash their inner rockstar with a variety of instruments at Sweetwater’s Instrumentation Station. 5. VVIP Access (That’s Very, Very Important Person)  If you want star treatment, a VVIP pass is the ticket. Literally. When you purchase a VVIP...

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Make Music Day in Fort Wayne
Jun19

Make Music Day in Fort Wayne

Festival season has hit Fort Wayne! There’s plenty to look forward to: food and drinks, friends and family, (mostly) good weather and of course, live music. The city’s music scene buzzes during the summertime, from Three Rivers Festival to Middle Waves to the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series. Both local bands and national acts grace the stages of the Fort. Now, you have a chance to play. On June 21st, Fort Wayne joins over 750 cities all over the world on Make Music Day, an international celebration of music held every year on the summer solstice. This day-long free event is open to all ages, whether you like to make music or listen to it.     This festival isn’t like anything you’ll see at Lollapalooza or Coachella. Make Music Day Fort Wayne features a variety of free musical activities all day long. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can drop by Freimann Square for live performances, food trucks, and hands-on events. Make some music in one of the many participatory activities like ukelele strums, drum circles, hands-on DJing, happy keys for babies and toddlers, the FAME musical craft area for kids, and jam zones. Anyone is welcome to come play some tunes – no matter your music skill level or musical persuasion. From 6 p.m. to midnight, you can catch free concerts all over Downtown Fort Wayne.     Here’s the official 2017 lineup: Freimann Square 11 a.m. – Jessica Brita-Segyde 11:45 a.m. – DJ Benny Bergle 12:30 p.m. – Keepin’ It Standard 1:15 p.m. – Flying Colors 2:00 p.m. – Kenny Bergle 2:45 p.m. – Teresa Long 3:30 p.m. – Walls You Know 4:15 p.m. – Puzzle Pieces     Headwaters Park  Living Fort Wayne Concert 6 p.m. – The Freak Brothers     The Deck 6 p.m. – Holly Lentine & Christian Delzoppo 7 p.m. – Adam Baker & The Heartache 8 p.m. – Blue Wave     Neat Neat Neat 6 p.m. – Fierce Invalids 7 p.m. – The Sweethearts 8 p.m. – Horizon Arcs     The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar 7 p.m. – Jess Thrower 8 p.m. – Kevin Hambrick     The Golden 6 p.m. – Rosalind & The Way 7 p.m. – Jon Swain     DeBrand Fine Chocolates 6 p.m. – Katy Christenson 6:50 p.m. – Sophia Slates 7:40 p.m. – Forte     The Phoenix 6 p.m. – Neso 7 p.m. – JJ Fabini & Chilly Addams 8 p.m. – APQ Harmonic     Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits Patio 6 p.m. – Imaginary Friends 7 p.m. – Secret Mezzanine 8 p.m. – Overlook Tiger Room 8 p.m. – Lux Drive 9 p.m. – My Apollo 10 p.m. – Omaha Alaska     SideCar Ages 21+ 6 p.m. – Brittney Bressler 7 p.m. –...

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Botanical Roots Outdoor Concert Series
Aug19

Botanical Roots Outdoor Concert Series

One of Fort Wayne’s best kept summer secrets is definitely the Botanical Roots Outdoor Concert Series. However, based on recent attendance numbers, word is definitely getting out. The concert series runs every Friday evening this summer until September 2. With three final shows this year, there is still time to enjoy a night out with your friends and family. I’ve been to more than one show this summer, and it’s a breath of fresh air. Each Friday has included great weather, cold drinks, welcoming smiles, and music that will make you want to do more than tap your feet. The concert series feels like something out of a story book. With beautiful music filling in the spaces between greenery and wild flowers, this is a great place to wind down after a long week. In the outdoor area of the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory at 1100 South Calhoun Street, enjoy the start of the weekend under a perfect sky. Each Friday offers a new musical style with a new artist. Don’t miss Gangstagrass (Bluegrass/Hip-Hop) on August 19, John Primer (Blues) on August 26, and Zion Lion (Reggae) on September 2. Find out more information on their digital flyer. Everyone in the community is welcome! Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and beverage are available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage is allowed. Admission is $6 at the gate. Ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent or guardian. Gates open at at 7:30 p.m. and the shows start at 8:30 p.m., rain or...

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Middle Waves Music Festival
Jun27

Middle Waves Music Festival

If you love the experience of going to a concert like Tera and I do, you know very well you have to do a little bit of traveling whether it’s to Indianapolis or even Chicago to see a popular show. This year, you don’t have to pack your bags. On September 16th and 17th Fort Wayne welcomes Middle Waves Music Festival. The first of its kind here in the Fort, Middle Waves is set to bring a wide variety of indie, hip hop and rock music. We had the opportunity to speak with owner of One Lucky Guitar and Chair Member Matt Kelley about Middle Waves. Angie and Tera: I’m sure people want to know where the idea came from for a music festival to reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Matt Kelley: The idea came from many different places. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. travels to another city every year to learn best practices about what makes that city great. In 2014, they traveled to Des Moines, Iowa where they host their own music festival. Fort Wayne has had a live music scene that feels like it’s been on the rise for about a decade. We have really lacked a destination festival like a Pitchfork or a smaller Lollapalooza, and these things exist all over the country and people from Fort Wayne travel to them. The Des Moines festival has been the role model for Middle Waves. It took about a year and a half of meetings to get this started. Angie and Tera: How do you go about picking bands to come here to Fort Wayne? Matt Kelley: We want to be very eclectic when choosing artists to participate in the music festival. We felt that the first set of bands that are scheduled to perform really set the mark where it established that it’s okay to have hip hop, and rock and a new up-and-coming band as well as an established band to perform at a festival, mixed in with great local acts as well. We are seeking for Middle Waves to push Fort Wayne out of its comfort zone a little bit. We want this to be a very inclusive and diverse festival. We want people to experience something new, in which you will probably be exposed to music you have never heard before. Angie and Tera: How many people do you expect? Matt Kelley: We expect to have around 8,000 to 10,000 attendees, which not only include individuals from Fort Wayne but also the surrounding areas such as Indianapolis, South Bend, Ohio and areas within a two hour driving distance. The setup is sure to be amazing. With one paid stage featuring...

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