Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, 12/3-12/5/10

Written by Honest Tune / photos by Julie Collins; Van Ghost photos by Mandy Dempsey

December 15, 2010

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Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival
Double Door, Congress Theater, Lincoln Hall
Chicago, IL
December 3-5, 2010

More and more people are discovering new music through the festival experience. Whereas a single act may be what draws one in, in the process five more mind blowing sets of music are caught while awaiting the already known outfit. With music festivals completely revitalizing the live music world, the once clearly defined festival season has begun to last long after Labor Day even in cities that are known for their cold fall and winters. 

Though some still choose to have the festival outdoors (Snow Daze in Vail, CO), many like MoogFest that is held in Asheville, NC have decided that the only logical thing to do in order to keep the musical spirits alive in these months is to move the festivals to indoor venues across their wonderful cities. 

This was the case in The Windy City at the beginning of December when Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival was held for its third consecutive year across three of the city’s remarkable independent venues. For three days, fans were treated to some of the scene’s most up and coming sensations including the most recent staple project of Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Michael Harrison Berg, Van Ghost, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, , Jaik Willis, and the band who Rolling Stone recently referred to as being "like a druggier, beardier Arcade Fire" and as "the toast of the festival circuit," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Fortunately for those of us who could not be there, Julie Collins of Rose Mountain Photo was there to capture it all with an assist Mandy Dempsey, who captured Van Ghost’s set. 

Click the thumbnail to view Julie Collins’ Shots and Mandy Dempsey’s Shots of Van Ghost from The Festival!