Philpot performs at the 2008 Linton Music Festival – Photo by Jennifer Wathen
On Labor Day weekend, consider a rock in the park, as 38 different artists play the 6th Annual LintonMusic Fest.
Humphreys Park will be where the bluesy rock of Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio and the steel-drum clang of the White River Valley Jammin’ Pans meets the psychedelic alternative rock of Philpot, Yearbook Committee and Cuba.
During the holiday, the Fest, a labor of love for area musicians, has performances slated across three stages Friday through Sunday.
Festival founder Jared Albright expects around 10,000 to attend – more than double the city’s normal populace of 5,774.
“Our crowd and sponsorship support literally doubled every year for the first four years,€ Albright said. “We have been able to bring in bands from all across the United States…Our fans drive as many as four hours to attend.€
No admission price is charged to the show, though donations are accepted.
The free, family-friendly weekend music fest is a multistage effort.
This year, the Fest brings legendary Indiana rocker Tumatoe, a mainstay of the nationally-syndicated “Bob and Tom Show€ back, along with rockers No More Kings, a crowd favorite in 2007 and 2008 for their “Karate Kid€-inspired anthem “Sweep the Leg.€
Often described as “where Mayberry meets Woodstock,€ the festival began as the brainchild of organizer Jared Albright in 2004.
“Bonnaroo (the Manchester, Tenn., music fest now famous worldwide) was just starting out, and Lollapalooza (in Chicago) had just started back up. The time seemed right for a festival locally.€
Consulting with then-new Linton Mayor Tom Jones, Albright won local support and backing from sponsors to bring 12 acts to 2005’s single-day initial outing. Using Jones’ Rolodex, he contacted everyone he could think of seeking aid.
Since then, support from sponsors has skyrocketed, Albright said, expanding the line-up to three days and a line-up which expands annually.
Presented by DISH Network and Node 1 Technology, the festival’s three stages each have their own sponsor: Linton Family Pharmacy, Lakeside Body Shop, and WTHI-99. Other sponsors include Bloomfield State Bank the Indiana Municipal Power Association, McDonald’s, Lewellyn Technology, The Indiana Arts Commission, Umbaugh, and United Consulting.
The diverse array of music slated means each day features a specific focus on a genre.
Five hours of hard rock and metal music kick off the event Friday, Sept. 3, with performances from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday becomes an eclectic mix of rock, blues and folk. The shows kick off at noon and continue until 10:30 p.m.
On Sunday, rock, blues, country, oldies, and bluegrass performances will feature from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A veteran of 2Phat DJs – “We were both larger than the average human being and it was funny to make fun of ourselves,€ Albright remembers, laughing – the Linton Music Fest had its origins nine years ago.
“In 2001 we produced our first live music event ever, Phatfest. A cross-between a festival and a battle of the bands, Phatfest featured 5 local bands from Greene and Sullivan counties. By its third year, Phatfest was drawing over 500 people and we produced our first professional production with concert sound and lighting.€
By 2004, his ambitions had expanded. Now, it makes him proud.
“We’ve come to the point that when you mention Linton, Ind., people from around the state know either about the music festival or the Freedom Festival.€
Additional information is on-line at www.lintonmusicfest.com.
Performers this year will include:
Friday, Sept. 3
– Thorr-Axe – 5:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m., Linton Family Pharmacy stage.
– Tenstrip – 6:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., Lakeside Body Shop stage.
– Shockwave – 7:30 p.m. to 8:10 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– No 1 Zero – 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., body shop stage.
– Rumor Factor – 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4
– White River Valley Jammin’ Pans with Tony Kluesner – Noon to 1 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Terry Lee – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Mike Fonderhide – 2 p.m. to 2:40 p.m., body shop stage.
– Tim Latimer – 2:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Yearbook Committee – 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Here Comes Tragedy – 3:15 p.m. to 3:55 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Big D, 3:20 p.m. to 4 p.m., body shop stage.
– Why On Earth – 4:10 to 4:50 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– U.S. 231 – 4:20 to 5 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Ken Tucker Blues Band – 5 p.m. to 5:40 p.m., body shop stage.
– Nail Driven – 5:10 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Philpot – 5:50 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Silly Safaris – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Cuba – 6:40p.m. to 7:20 p.m., body shop stage.
– Litter – 7:20 p.m. to 8 p.m., HI99 stage.
– No More Kings – 7:40 p.m. to 8:40 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Savage Blue – 8:20 p.m. to 9 p.m., HI99 stage.
– The Roosters – 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., body shop stage. (23)
Sunday, Sept. 5
– Curtis Jackson – 1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., body shop stage.
– Salt Cured – 2:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Wikker Elefant – 3:15 to 3;55 p.m., body shop stage.
– Blood Brothers Band – 2 p.m. to 2:40 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Smalltown – 3 p.m. to 3:40 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Altar Addicts – 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Healing Sixes – 4:10 to 4:50 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Backroads – 5 p.m. to 5:40 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Dane Clark Band – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– BK – 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio – 6:10 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., pharmacy stage.
– Samurai Porkchop – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., HI99 stage.
– Keesha Scott – 7:20 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., body shop stage.
– ARANDA – 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., body shop stage.
– Awesome Possum – 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., pharmacy stage.