LFW Fun File
Sep10

LFW Fun File

Enjoy outside while the Fort Wayne weather is nice. There are plenty of outdoor events in this Fun File edition! If you wish to see your event on our Fun File, please email info@livingfortwayne.com. All these events and more are on our calendar. 1. Grabill Country Fair 2. Lovestruck: A Fundraising Event 3. Free Showing of Fellowship of the Rings!! 4. RideGreen 2015 Bicycle Pub Tour 5. Mad Anthony Brewing Company’s 17th Annual OktoBEERfest 6. Pinestock 2015  7. West Central Home & Garden Tour  8. Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown 9. Second Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party 10. ACRES Grand Opening of Spring Lake Woods and...

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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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Discover music talent on Band Parade
Jan26

Discover music talent on Band Parade

There are talented musicians and artists out there just waiting to be discovered – do you know where to find them? Nicholas Weaver, a rising presence in the community behind the annual Pinestock Music Festival, is a man on a mission to help you discover talent with a new project called Band Parade. The idea for Band Parade is simple – find great bands, give them exposure, and maybe feature them at the next Pinestock event. Band Parade has been doing episodes since fall 2014. “I thought what better way to see if a band has a decent live show than by giving them an opportunity to do an in-studio recording,” said Weaver while preparing to record an upcoming episode of Band Parade featuring the Bloomington, Indiana-based (and Fort Wayne native) band Oferle. Weaver describes Band Parade as kind of pet project that showcases talented musicians and artists on the Internet. This content can then be sent out and digested as conveniently as possible on the audience’s tablets, smart phones, and computers. “I thought what better way to get bands into the city and check them out than to offer them some free promotion, create a platform where people can discover their music and see who they are – just kind of have a more intimate perspective of those bands,” said Weaver. An episode of Band Parade consists of a band performing four songs in-studio with Weaver conducting a casual interview with the band members in-between songs. This recording session is generally recorded in one take to simulate performing for a live audience. “That’s the challenge is there’s a soundtrack, and you play all your songs live, and, if you mess up, we’re not going to go back and re-record it,” said Weaver. “It kind of puts the pressure on them to perform live and get it decent in a first take.” Each episode is video recorded professionally by Colagrossi Studios and audio recorded by Digitracks Recording Studios at its full-service professional studio on Speedway Drive in Fort Wayne. Graphics are by Syndeo Studios of Huntington. Content is distributed onto YouTube as full 20 minute episodes and smaller one song pieces. It is also streamed on Soundcloud and the full show is distributed on iTunes. Songs are also available for purchase on Band Parade’s website. “I try to make the content as consumable as possible,” said Weaver. The band Oferle hopes to get some exposure from their performance on the program. The band consisting of siblings Luke, 21, and Annette Offerle, 23, cousin Jonah Baker, 20, and cousin-in-law Adam Guntle, 27 feel the production on these videos is outstanding. The band...

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