It’s hard to believe that in the span of ten years, downtown Fort Wayne has gone from little more than a courthouse and a public library to the powerhouse of the city’s vibrant arts and music scene. Since then, downtown has replaced that feeling of ennui with an unprecedented liveliness. The Middle Waves Music Festival did nothing less than adds to the exciting momentum of downtown.
Friday night started with local performers and artists such as the reuniting Thunderhawk, J-Tubbs, and The B45’s at the Maumee and St. Joseph Stage. These artists were followed by Nashville’s power pop quartet “Bully”. They were a perfect segue into Friday night’s headliner, the Los Angeles based garage rock duo Best Coast.
Saturday began with a series of local Psychedelic and Folk acts like Secret Mezzanine, Either/or, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, and The Be Colony. Meanwhile, the main stage was housing acts such as Jeff the Brotherhood and Tanlines. The night came to an end with Oklahoma City’s very own, The Flaming Lips. They provided an electrifying performance, unlike anything Fort Wayne had witnessed to date.
Despite the poor weather of pending clouds and rain, Middle Waves was fully prepared with “The Village,” which was set up under The Pavilion at Headwaters Park. It served as a place to stay dry, grab some food, and peruse some of Fort Wayne’s local makeshift boutiques. Festival goers could also enjoy free yoga sessions, pontoon rides on the river, and a silent movie drive-in, and these attractions brought in those in Fort Wayne who don’t share as much of an interest in music. The festival overall is truly proof of Fort Wayne’s potential.
All photos provided by Adam Garland