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Shoe Fest 2014

Manteno, IL

August 29-31, 2014

3 day music and camping festival Shoe Fest will be held at Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See in Manteno, IL on August 29-31. With an emphasis on roots music, such as folk, folk rock, bluegrass, and jamband, the festival began in 2011 and has grown to host a wide range of bands each year. 

Located just 50 miles south of Chicago, Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See offers some of the most pristine natural beauty in Illinois.  Highlighted by the beautiful and crystal clear Rock Creek, Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See also boasts hiking trails through the 110 acres of pine and oak forest.  The camp is located in the area where was once the home of Pottawatomi Chief Shaw-Waw-Nas-See, for which the camp is named. 

Headlining the event, five-piece Chicago-based Roots Rock n’ Roll band Old Shoe Old Shoe will delight audiences, promoting their album “Family,” which showcases the band’s diverse musical influences ranging from bluegrass to prog-rock to jazz. The album is said to have reached new heights from previous releases, with a star-studded guest roster featuring musicians from the Henhouse Prowlers, The Low Down Brass Band, and Chicago’s production of The Jungle Book.  

The Wood Brothers will also be featured, whose three-piece set-up of brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix is an amalgam of vintage roots music.  Inspired by the blues, folk, gospel and jazz, the brothers’ renowned harmonies, slide guitar floor-stomping rhythms and intricate songwriting evoke a sound all their own.  

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Kansas powerhouse trio Split Lip Rayfield will be performing, promoting their latest release “I’ll Be Around,” taking listeners on a journey of love, loss, change, and dark powers. Split Lip Rayfield has carved out their own genre of music with their unique sound and instrumentation, often described as a mix of bluegrass and country with an accent of metal.

Also playing are the semi-traditional Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers.  This award-winning, hard-driving bluegrass group is known for their exquisite harmonies, lightning fast picking, and sentimental ballads.  With a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, their sound is inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own, playing original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers. 

Current Line Up:

2 Nights of Old Shoe

The Wood Brothers
Split Lip Rayfield
Henhouse Prowlers
Family Groove Company
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
Mr. Blotto
Ben Miller Band
Chicago Farmer

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Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Afternoon Moon
The Station
Ed David Anderson
Fresh Hops
Chatsworth & Dupree (featuring members of Cornmeal)
New Old Cavalry
Jaik Willis
Bones Jugs N Harmony
Under the Willow
Cosmic Railroad
Brown Bag
Miles Over Mountains
Acoustics Anonymous
Frank F Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers
The Way Down Wanderers
Todd Hazelrigg
Borrowed Bicycle
John Till
Alex Hoffer Band
The Low Down
The Grasstronauts 

The festival is all-ages, with ages 13 and under FREE when accompanied by a parent.  Tickets start at $40.  Cabins and RV passes are available. For more information visit the website at

Check out the video from 2013 Shoe Fest with Old Show and Allie Kral playing “Dust Bowl” below!