The Audiofeed festival was created to fill the void left by the demise of the Cornerstone festival…and it did a pretty good job. Missing from the festivals of the past was dust, 100 degree temps and thought-provoking seminars…but the music was excellent, and being held on the county fairgrounds in Urbana, Il, it had toilets with lights and running water.
I fell in love with this band and bought all of their CD’s. All 3 of them were homemade in hand decorated lunchbags for sleeves:
Sean Michel ran the Arkansas stage which was an indoor mainstage. He also played some spirit-filled southern boogie and blues:
One of my son William’s favorite bands, Hope for the Dying, shredded a set at the HM stage:
A band I had always heard of, but never seen, made the trip to Urbana and played 2 sets, both of them excellent worship experiences. Brian Healy is the Godfather of Christian Goth and a pretty freaky guy who led DAS. I am so glad to have seen this seminal band and wished I would have bought the CDs at the merch table. Mike Roe sat in on one of the sets and it is the first time I saw him without sunglasses. He is seated on the right side in this video:
Dead Artist Syndrome closed both of their sets with this incredible worship tune:
Ska is not dead…if you look closely you will see me in the background…thinking about skanking:
Glenn Kaiser played a smoking blues set. During the set he said there had been 6 shootings recently on the streets around Cornerstone Community Outreach..this time of year he doesn’t know if he is hearing firecrackers or gunshots.
There were numerous other bands worthy of mention (Mike Roe, the Choir, Timbre, Ilia) but I am going to close this post with an old hymn heard at the fest:
I gotta go…and I hope I can go back next year.
A late addition to my post…this guy films a pretty good summary of the fest: