Offering free clean shower and bathroom facilities, this was the most luxury camping festival I have ever attended. With the option to zip line or rent paddles to go canoeing during the day, activities were never sparse. Watching the sun set over the pond was a sweet reminder to how beautiful Indiana is.
Being only a little over an hour south of Indianapolis, there were many familiar faces. The name of the festival was only appropriate because the great local Indy acts brought out the usual Indy crew.
Friday featured acts like The Mantras, Shaggy Wondas and Glowstik Willy. The Friday night headliner set featured crowd favorite Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. They have quite the fan base in the Indy area and everyone came out ready to groove. The late night acoustic set featured Blue Moon Soup.
Even after the music stopped Friday night, the party did not. Drum circles formed and fire spinners lit up the night moving to the beats. People interacted into the wee hours of the night, enjoying the crooks of bullfrogs in the pond and delicious tomato basil soup from one of the vendors.
The weather was perfect and Saturday started early as the day began to heat up. Local Indy based band Funky Junk played their first-ever festival set Saturday giving the crowd a full dose of afternoon jam band funk. For being such a young band, they played all original tracks and really kept the audience engaged.
Other acts for Saturday were The Mundies, Fresh Hops, Mikial Robertson and Flatland Harmony Experiment. There was also a special electronic DJ set from Magnetic along with the keyboardist from Eumatik. Being an electronic fan, I enjoy hearing well-mixed sets from local DJs that get the crowd moving.
I wasn't sure what to expect when Jaik Willis walked on stage in fire flame leather pants. Then with his acoustic guitar and awesome voice, he blew me away. It was the first time I had ever seen his act. He has phenomenal talent, great control of his voice and a lot of courage to get up on stage solo.
Howard, Lewis and Lovins had the prime spot Saturday. The dance party came out Saturday night when Eumatik played a funky set and Herm Productions tore up the lights. Bubbles floated in the air and everyone danced to the electronic grooves. They even threw in some Michael Jackson "Thriller" and the crowd went wild.
The late night bluegrass set closed out the music Saturday featuring The New Old Calvary boys, a band that had fans waiting all weekend to hear.
I had been expecting a chill and quiet weekend at a small festival but in reality the weekend was filled with boisterous fun, local talent and a lot of memorable interactions with people. Once again, this weekend made me proud to call myself a Hoosier. Good work Indiana; we know how to throw festivals too!