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
The percussion section consisting of Ben Carr and James Wadsworth from Heaven’s Gateway Drugs showed up to dig into their brand new album “Rubber Nun” just released on Dizzy Bird Records. Let them take you on a tour of the Fort Wayne music scene and get to know the guys and their music. You can hear more at the audio link above.
Heaven’s Gateway Drugs will be playing at the Empty Bottle in Chicago Wednesday the 14 and Middle Waves Music Festival Saturday September 17.
On local Alt-Country musician D Ferren’s new album “Something Like Forever” He sticks with what he knows; aiming for deep and emotional songs that resonate with the listeners. DJ Kolly D spoke to D Ferren about his background, his new album and the Fort Wayne music scene. You can hear more at the audio link.
Bob, Ben and George joined DJ Kolly D in the studio for an interview about the band and the Fort Wayne music scene. If you missed the interview stream it here and get to know three fifths of the Fort Wayne band Void Reunion. After the interview you can get their new EP on Spotify and on Void Reunion’s Bandcamp. The EP release show is tonight (5/21/16) at the Brass Rail. Stickers with download codes will be available along with hugs and good times.