Archive | June, 2014

AudioFeed Preview For The Ample Post-CCM Gentleperson

25 Jun

So little time between resting from the Horse Show and resting for AudioFeed, we haven’t been able to tell you how great the Horse Show was. Look for that in a future post sometime after AudioFeed. We’re excited to see what pictures, video, and moments we can share with you.

In the meantime as we prepare for AudioFeed (next week!) we wanted to share some of our thoughts on this really great fest.

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As you’re probably aware, AudioFeed will be July 3-6, with a special early day on July 2nd. Online ticket sales end July 1st, so you better get on over if you haven’t already. This fest consists of 4 stages, tons of bands, and special guest speakers (Shane Claiborne *squee*). Tent camping is the usual means of lodging. Bring a tent and claim your spot. Some RV spots are also available, with electric hookups. Also there will be plenty of food, apparel and other vendors on the grounds. Of course this is just the stuff that’s easy to present, there’s a lot of, um, weirdness too that just has to be experienced. Let’s just say AudioFeed has a list of characters to make things more interesting. The fest is also very family friendly, as you’ll find lots of kids with their families, as well as an area dedicated to kid-centric activities.

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We’re really excited here at the Radon that we’re invited to host one of the stages. Last year it was simply known as the “acoustic stage”, which didn’t really describe it too well. This year we’ll make it more like a basement of toxic gases. Quite a few bands that have graced our humble hole in Springfield will be performing on this and other stages throughout the fest.

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But what exactly is the AudioFeed Music Festival about? Usually we say it’s the spiritual successor to the Cornerstone music festival. This is only the second year for AudioFeed, so we’re still just figuring things out, although it helps being able to tap the same coordination folks who were involved with Cornerstone. Christians who like music are probably also aware that just like Cornerstone, many other Chrisitian music festivals are dying or dead. At its height, Cornerstone would bring in 30-50,000 people, but that’s in the past now. Just like everyone else, we’re trying to figure out how that happens.

We all have our opinions, but since this is our site, you’ll just have to deal with ours. Just like the Radon Lounge, AudioFeed doesn’t explicitly advertise itself as a “Christian” festival. Some Christians will take issue with this and tell us to stand up for our faith. The problem this creates is the Christian label brings many limitations, legalisms, and intolerance to what can be expressed. There is a certain quota of the word “Jesus” that must be met. We believe here at the Radon there is God and He has made us in his image, as described in the Bible. Since He creates things, he has made us to create. Music is to us a very high form of creativity and we admire those who do it well. The best music we know of comes from people following their spirit and not compromising with labels and systems imposed to control. This is what we promote at the Radon Lounge, and AudioFeed is a much larger example. We find it fascinating our society’s attempts to control what is and isn’t Christian just leads to general uninterest to the lukewarm product that is produced (especially when it’s just considered a product…). Through the many incredible artists you’ll find at AudioFeed, you will probably find a freer and wilder faith within.

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We hope you are able to come out, visit our stage, checkout some of the many great musicians and speakers, and not be assassinated by the ninja. Our friends at the Black Sheep Cafe and The Front Porch are hosting stages, too! Most of all, come out and enjoy the excellent and most hospitable community.

For more details, visit http://audiofeedfestival.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Audiofeedfestival

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2014 Horse Show Preview

10 Jun

Today we want to lay out for you what you can expect from the 2014 Horse Show.

So far we’ve been talking about all of the awesome bands performing at this event, but haven’t really elaborated on everything else going on. We basically want this to be a regular annual event, and more than just a stage or two setup with some bands. The stars of the show are the horses and Refuge Ranch. Do however make sure to check out the band lineup, it’s equipped with times and everything on Facebook and on this site.

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In addition to two stages and 20+ bands, we also have some some fun games lined up. We’re re-purposing one of our horse arenas into a sand volleyball court. Also Mondo Croquet will be offered for free this year, until we run out of bowling balls. If you haven’t played croquet using bowling balls and sledge hammers… you’re probably in the majority. Also there will be enough green space if you just want to toss a frisbee around, just don’t expect the horses to catch. A playground is available for the kids.

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We’re happy to offer two food vendors this year. Ayappa’s will once again be serving up gyros, falafel, burgers, and fries. New this year is Dew’s Chili Truck, who will be serving chili, tamales, Chicago dogs, and more.

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Admission is free, but do bring some money if you want to buy food or to make a donation to the ranch. We’ll also have various vendors of all kinds for a little shopping, as well as Refuge Ranch apparel and musician merch for sale.

Of course the music lineup will be stellar this year. Many previous Radon favorites are involved, finishing the evening with The Soil & The Sun bringing us to a new plane of existence.

Hope you can make it out and join us to make this a memorable event for everyone. Help us get the word out so people don’t miss this unique and joyful experience.

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