Festival Preview: Phases of the Moon 2014
03 Sep 2014

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Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival

Kennekuk County Park – Danville, IL

September 11th-14th, 2014

Written by Alex Kratzert


“Oh, the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

Festivals are everywhere. Just as organic foods, fuel-efficient vehicles, gas-guzzlers, YOLO, iTools and savage public violence have decorated our country like a Jackson Pollock painting, these gatherings have become widely known and distributed – another piece of our time in the dream. The better side of it, I’d like to think. These events aren’t new, really (having stemmed from a long line of f-Car-Camping-3-600x600heads, licks, jams, Day Trippers and Ramblers), but many are far from the original score. They have a new look. They have been described using many adjectives – beautiful, epic, dirty, bad (more ways than one) – and on a festival’s first year, it is difficult to speculate as to which end of the spectrum it will land. I find no fault, however, in placing my confidence in the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Arts Festival at Kennekuk County Park in Danville, IL. Oh, the music.

The lineup for this festival hangs high with that of Lockn’ Festival’s first year, bringing some of the most talented headliners you’ll see from any lawn or amphitheater. Headlining the event will be two nights of both Widespread Panic and The String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Railroad Earth. As if that weren’t enough, there will also be performances from Soulive, Galactic, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jackie Greene (x2), Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu, Moon Hooch, Leftover Salmon, and many more. A Live One (a tribute to Phish) and The Brothers (a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band) will also be playing for those Phish heads or Peach-eaters out there. I’ve never heard of Steady Flow or Poor Man’s Whiskey, but with names like those…


The performance that I anticipate the most, however, is Lunar Landing Conspiracy. This will be an all-star set curated by The String Cheese Incident on Friday night, September 12th at 11:00 PM. I don’t know who will join them or what surprises are in the works, but with so many talented musicians on the lineup, it will certainly be a show to remember. From the website: “One SMALL step for a jam, one GIANT leap for JAM-KIND.” View the full lineup here and schedule times here.

As this is an arts festival as well, you can expect to see some incredible performances and installations. Quixotic will be performing as well as fire dancers and spinners, aerialists, puppet troupes and all the like. Alex and Allyson Grey will also be doing a live painting and multimedia experience, along with installations and painting from Galactivation, Symbiotic Creations, and Guildworks. I am also very excited to see Charon by Peter Hudson, a human powered zoetrope presented by SpinArt Crew, as well as to spend time in the Sanctuary. There, you will be able to relax and unwind with yoga, meditation, sound healing, Reiki, and massages. There will be plenty to keep the mind stimulated on this trip; click here for the full visual art list and here for the full performance art list.

IMG_8747-600x600Tickets are still on sale at $250 they will go up to $270 on September 10th. There are also two day tickets available for only Saturday and Sunday, as well as single day tickets for only Sunday. Volunteer options are also still available, and the info can be found here. Any other information on the festival can be found here.

The festival is less than two weeks away, and with that it can be difficult to up and make the trek. It has been done many times before, though, and to great amounts of life and joy. But if not, rest easy. It is a grand thing to think that so long after Woodstock and Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and all the greats, we are still drawn to the sounds and the scenes that erupt on plains of green grass, red dirt and orange sand under the drive toward a better consciousness and life. And it is a great notion that the spirit of Moriarty and the Pranksters is alive and well, and although it is sometimes muted by all the muck, it will still sing loud if you listen closely. Listen.


Photos courtesy of Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival


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