Shoe Fest 2014
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.
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
Family Groove Company
Ben Miller Band
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Ed David Anderson
Chatsworth & Dupree (featuring members of Cornmeal)
New Old Cavalry
Bones Jugs N Harmony
Under the Willow
Miles Over Mountains
Frank F Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers
The Way Down Wanderers
Alex Hoffer Band
The Low Down
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 http://www.shoe-fest.com/.
Check out the video from 2013 Shoe Fest with Old Show and Allie Kral playing “Dust Bowl” below!