Since 2001, the unofficial kickoff of the summer concert season in the Chicago area has been the
Though their profile isn’t quite on the same level as jam-band contemporaries such as
"We just fell in love with the place – it's not a traditional concert venue, but it's a great place that's both in the middle of nowhere but also in the middle of everything at the same time," says moe. singer-guitarist-keyboardist Al Schnier with a laugh. "It's like a scene from 'The Little Rascals': 'Let's clear out the old barn and put on a show!'"
For Schnier, the ultimate aspect of the three-day weekend -- with a lineup that ranges from hip-hop (
Schnier says the touring circuit has changed radically in the last decade with headlining tours by major bands being replaced by multi-band, multi-day festivals.
“We’ve gone from a country driven by shed and stadium shows, to a more European model dominated by festivals,” he says. “There is an integration and crossover of jam bands and electronic music, or even people like Bela Fleck, and it works as a huge, live music event. People are coming for the event, not just a particular band. When midnight rolls around, people want to dance, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a jam band, a
He sees it as an outgrowth of a more open-minded fan base; the children of the
“I’ve always noted that openness about our fans,” Schnier says. “The conversations we’ve been able to have over 20 years with them is that they’re music lovers. They don’t just have moe. music in their collection. We can have a profound conversation about deep cuts in the