MiddleWest Fest 2011 is Northern Illinois’ annual celebration of music & the arts. September 9th and 10th employed the town plaza for an arts & craft market and also Sunday was an organized sidewalk sale. This being the second year, word is getting out that this is a good way to enjoy Northern Illinois and meet the new school populace as classes are in full swing.
Some bands always seem to fly just under the radar much of their careers, with some varying success of album sales or tour popularity. Quite possibly the greatest example of such is the quirky but talented group known as Ween. Now in their 25th year making music together, Gene and Dean Ween have managed to create some odd and unique albums since their emergence in the late 80s/early 90s, but more importantly have managed to tour with extreme purpose and have gained a loyal following
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The heat resumed, but it felt so much worse after two days of partying and little sleep. I was appreciative of one thing on this sweltering morning wake-up; the showers had short lines for men, and they were only seven dollars. Therefore, although I really wanted to catch Baaba Maal’s set, I felt more rejuvenated going into the press conference with a fresh shower, breakfast, and an iced coffee. I was ready for a new day at my favorite festival.
Anybody hoping for last year’s incredible lineup that featured Tom Petty and Steve Winwood playing on the same day and also sharing the stage for a few tunes was bound to be disappointed with this year’s lineup. Day 1 of the Outside Lands seemed a little small for a festival, but that may have been because there were so many stages with up to five bands performing at once, sometimes in different areas of Golden Gate Park. Then again when Pearl Jam began its final set of the night.