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Wuhnurth Music Festival 2010 - Spencer, Indiana  
Posted: 12 years ago by KindWeb Ed
Wuhnurth Music Festival 2010 - Spencer, Indiana
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Festivals in the Midwest share the true feeling of middle American openness. Traveling through the heart of agricultural land in Indiana put genuine meaning behind the music and arts gathering of Wuhnurth Music Festival. The campground in Spencer, Indiana also home to Stable Studios was a perfect tree canopied area to hold the festival this year. To get there passing the vast fields and open road stretches helped you truly appreciate this area and what this festival stood for. While promoting up and coming bands this festival also was clearly opened to spreading artistic talent as well as growing more attention towards environmental activism. Over forty bands played on three stages with a weekend full of musical diversity, delicious Eco friendly vendors, workshops, hula -hooping lessons, morning yoga, a never ending display of artistic creativity along with environmental speakers. So many talented and creative individuals came together to form this festival including the attendees. The festival was fabulous for its first year at this location. Though some downfalls came into play, unfortunate parking situations and some confusion on specific camping locations were clear frustrations with many patrons. Once the music began playing the loving vibes were strongly felt. Starting Friday in the early evening all the entertaining and memorable moments were jump started as the thrills at Wuhnurth began.


Friday September 17th


People drifted in all day long to get settled in before the music began the first day at Wuhnurth. They gave you plenty of time to make the venture from the parking area all the way to the campgrounds. Music kicked off in the later evening beginning with one of the contest slots, Elephant Quiz was the Facebook winner performing on the Pasture Stage. Derived from Bloomington, Indiana these guys brought a mixture of Funk, Hip-hop along with reggae tones to their set. At the same time another Bloomington based band, Shaggy Wonda hit the Woodlands stage. Known for their high energy funky vibes in their performances this band threw up a rocking start to the music in the woods. These bands were a terrific beginning to all the moments held on the stages of this festival.


No festival in the middle of farmland would be complete without some good old bluegrass/Folk music, who better to start off the string music than with Chicago Farmer. This one man show featuring a small town man who is slamming on guitar skills named Cody. Embracing the surroundings, the set was filled with subtle bluegrass rifts which moved you closer to the settings of the fest. Bumping out string sensations the duration of his set, Chicago Farmer pumped up the attendees for the music delight which continued into the evening.


Spicing up the evening with a very unique performance was Papadosio. Playing at Wuhnurth for the second year in a row, this band brought a solid mix of their diversified music. Building up the audience with elaborate stage movements. Powerful vocals surrounded by consistent upbeat instrumentals made their set a success.


The evening was rolling by as it turned more jammy. Hitting the stage was the band The Malah who swayed the crowd with sensational tunes. The crowds were warmed up and ready to move for a continuation of the jams. Family Groove Company was next to shake the weekend into play. As they jammed out on some solid originals from the group along with many old time favorites. This group never ceases to amaze. Always bringing forth such a positive vibe within their music and thought their stage presence. Seeing FGC makes you forget about reality and dance away your worries. They were a wonderful addition to the evening as more bands kept the positive flow bumping.


The music was around the clock or close to as the last stage of the late nights began.


Zmick lit up the woods as the lights beamed along to their progressive rock rifts. Performing covers and rocking original music the Chicago band was a late night treat which brought a collection of tunes keeping the party moving and shaking. Indigo Sun which won the festivals contest slot performed late night or early morning, however to look at it. They came to the stage with a terrific continuation of the music that had been going strong. Their drifting jams and entrancing progressions intertwined perfectly with the illuminating forest surrounding the stage. This band always seems to get people swaying. Being present at this festival brought many spectacular moments and to think this only after the first day brought much anticipation for the next day to begin.


Saturday September 18th


With the first day of the festival being a fabulous evening, the morning swiftly came. Waking to a shady area in the forest or the sweet remains of summer sunshine in the fields, the start of the day was just right. With the choice to awake and dive into the activities or to await the music to hit the stage. Chicago Farmer was one of the first to play, a second set for the weekend. A mellow afternoon set truly was perfect for the sweet, subtle tunes which were being produced by the unique acoustic skills of this musician. It was a delightful way to begin the day. Continuing in the afternoon was the band Cosmic Railroad. Bringing out true emotion in their jams this band wailed out intense links between the instruments which made you want to dance in the mid September heat. The day was off to a memorable start, the bands were on fire, the weather was sweet and many were dancing along in the heat. As the afternoon drifted into early evening more musical moments were made.


Many musicians add diversity to their music but without question the next act at Wuhnurth that shined in individualism had to be Jaik Willis. There is something in the way which he strums his guitar and drifts in his lyrics that draws you to every note and movement creating it. Singing out about intense issues in today's world and bring hope and meaning onto uniting for the better. There is a very serene way in which Jaik performed, instruments and vocals combining in a laid back way. He had a real connection with his audience and that was clear seeing him float in with the fans throughout the weekend. A strong musician with power in his words and lifting in his music. The sun set in the shade of the forest as the music continued to play into the early evening sets.


Steez hit the stage with music fused together with intense instrumentals and a variety of genres. The Wisconsin band hit the stage with success and the early evening dance party began. Mixing funk with jam plus some old favorites of the band and some covers. The most attractive attribute of these guys is their personalities that shimmer while on stage. A true crowd pleaser as the band jammed and rocked away their set. Walking away from the stage the band was a solid warm up for the continuation of music that raged on.


The next band hitting the stage has flourished recently. The Coop has indented a solid spot in the Chicago music scene and showed why with their performance. Expressing their sincere gratitude for the love of their music they kicked off the set with an impressive display. Their set branched out into new realms of their music making abilities. The expanding energy with the instrumentals was breathtaking, this band builds and builds to a climactic surge. The set was very impressive and clinging, it