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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LFW Top Picks for Fort Wayne Summer Festivals
Jun20

LFW Top Picks for Fort Wayne Summer Festivals

Happy first day of Summer! With Summer being here, festival season is now in full swing. Summer in Fort Wayne is the best time of year to visit these festivals and get your fill of food and fun! After a successful couple weeks with Germanfest and Ribfest, here are some other festivals to look forward to this season! Greekfest Come enjoy a large selection of Greek food, dancing, and other fun activities. If there is one thing that Greekfest does best is provide excellent hospitality. Come for the food, stay because you won’t be able to move after your meal. Opa! When: Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26, 2016 Where: Headwaters Park Cost: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all day Sunday is FREE, Thursday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. is $4. Attendees over 65 can get in for $3 and under 16 are admitted FREE.   Riverpalooza 2016   Home to the Dragon Boat Races! This festival will include boat rides, entertainment, and other activities to enjoy right before you hit Buskerfest! When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 Time: 8 a.m. Where: Headwaters Park West Cost: FREE   Buskerfest Enjoy a large selection of musicians, fire dancers, stilt walkers, and so much more! I love this festival for the unexpected talent it attracts to the Fort Wayne area. More information and schedule of performances  are posted here. When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 Time: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Corner of Calhoun St. and Wayne St. Cost: FREE   Three Rivers Festival Everyone’s favorite festival is back for their 48th year! Big rides, live performances, arts and crafts, and, not to mention, Junk Food Alley! Don’t forget Fort Wayne’s biggest parade on Saturday, July 16th! Other events and information is located on their website. When: Friday, July 8 to Saturday, July 16, 2016 Where: Headwaters Park Cost: FREE Fort Wayne Pride This year’s Pride will include a beer tent, talent from local performers, multiple vendors, KidSpace, and so much more. This is your opportunity to celebrate with over 15,000 LGBT and allies! DEV will also be highlighting the main stage on that Friday. Don’t forget the Pride March on Saturday, July 23rd at 11:15 a.m.! When: Friday, July 22 to Saturday, July 23, 2016 Time: Friday 7:15 p.m. to 12 am. Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Where: Headwaters Park Cost: $5 (under 12 is FREE)   BAALS Music Festival It’s back to the block! BAALS Music Festival is known for throwing the biggest party of the year with live EDM. It has grown since starting only a few years ago and has become a staple EDM event in the Midwest! More...

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Pinestock Music Festival expands to two days, new location
Sep08

Pinestock Music Festival expands to two days, new location

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...

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A Better Fort Presents: #BAALS
Jul08

A Better Fort Presents: #BAALS

In July of 2012, A Better Fort presented their inaugural block party  #House4aHouse and shut down the 800th block of South Calhoun St. (SoCal) for over 2,000 attendees. Last summer, the event boasted over 3,000 party-goers. Through this event A Better Fort has been able to donate over $10,000 to  Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House. But this summer, they plan to take the event to the next level with a two-part concert series in Downtown Fort Wayne, humorously entitled #BAALS, honoring late longtime Fort Wayne Mayor Harry Baals. The first block party is #House4aHouse which will take place this Friday, July 11th, at the 800 block of SoCal.  The second block party is Friday, August 1st at the 100 Block of W Columbia Street on The Landing. This Friday, the first in the #BAALS series, electronic music fest #House4aHouse, will take place from 6pm-12am with only a $5 cover. There will be several local DJs, as well as $1 312 by Goose Island beers! You can even purchase a fast pass to cut the entry line and the beer lines. Living Fort Wayne will be part of the fun this Friday night and we’ll be live-tweeting the event! Hope to see you out there. Let’s show everyone that this city has #BAALS. A Better Fort abetterfort.org twitter.com/aBetterFort facebook.com/abetterfort...

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