AudioFeed 2016 Recap

by Jeff Radon

Just coming off the busiest time of the year for Radon Lounge festivals, and gearing up for a nice break with the fam. But first I need to record how things went at AudioFeed 2016.

downloadOnce again I was in charge of managing the 3rd largest AudioFeed stage, which happened to be the Radon Lounge tent, the place where you go to rest after raging in the pit at the other stages. This year the Baristie Boys upped their coffee game with totally rad Nitros,  Pour Overs, and Thai Iced Coffees.

I heard multiple reports AudioFeed established itself this year. Attendance was certainly up, despite rain. It’s safe to say it is now the premier midwest summer festival for really weird Christians (and non-believers, no stones thrown here) who don’t fit in anywhere else. If you’re a person who hasn’t let western politics tamper with your faith, thinks christian radio sucks, or just wants to live a full life following Jesus, this is your fest.

As expected, AudioFeed felt like a family reunion. So many bands we’ve hosted at Radon shows over the years come together to play this fest and hang. I couldn’t walk anywhere without bumping into another person to hug and share what’s going on in our lives, it was really hard getting work done.

So much good music happened this year, it would be really hard to describe all of it. I’m going to talk about some of my favorite performances. Unfortunately since I’m busy most of the time managing the stage, I miss a lot of stuff going on elsewhere. I did not get to see some of my top picks for new bands such as Jackie-Hill Perry, Josh Garrels, Tow’rs, and The Hunts. I also didn’t get see some other performances that were reported to me as killer, such as Comrades, Dad Jokes, Listener, Emery, Analecta, Levi the Poet, Flatfoot 56, Propoganda, and ’68.

I’m going to list my top 5 sets of the fest, which is dangerous. There are sooo many good bands, and bands that give their best performances at AudioFeed as many consider this their big set of the year and pull out all the stops. And of course I’m always going to forget something while I’m writing and totally kick myself about it later. Also my perception is relative to a lot of things. My experience could be affected by whether I’m too busy to focus, too hungry, too warm/cold, too much unhealthy food (don’t wanna explain that further), just dealt with an asshole, or screwed something up for someone and felt bad about it. All that aside, some of these sets just hit me in the perfect place where I could die right there on the spot having lived a complete life.

#5 Must Build Jacuzzi – This was actually a last minute add for the fest. Another band cancelled and they happened to be available. I actually thought this band no longer existed. But who can say no to a good ska band now and then. They drew the wildest crowd of the whole fest to the Radon tent with infinity skanking and circle pits, especially considering they were on the stage pretty early on during the first day of the fest and after 3 laid-back female singer-songwriters. It was definitely the biggest genre-shock I’ve ever experienced, and that’s saying something when it comes to my shows.

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Sam Arias, AudioFeed 2016

#4 Sam Arias – This was a beautiful set. I might have done some arm twisting to make sure at least one of these bands that I’ve discovered in the Chicago area would get to play. Looks like Sam got the luck of the draw, but he in turn brought everyone else in his tight-knit circle. Sam, backed by members of Qajaq, Families, and NAAL (maybe others too that I don’t even know about). His band was so tight, it definitely felt like a once in a lifetime experience.

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Zoo (after-show cuddles – AudioFeed 2016)

#3 Zoo – I knew this would be good, and I was looking forward to it the whole fest. Zoo had performed previously as a duo at one of my basement shows last year, and it was my favorite basement set of that year. This time he brought a full band and they were TIGHT, so good, cannot recommend Zoo enough. I really think this band is going “blow up” someday as long as people don’t keep confusing it with another zoo from their hometown of Cincinnati.

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Red Sweater Lullaby – AudioFeed 2016

#2 Red Sweater Lullaby – I’ve seen Red Sweater a handful of times, each time it’s a little different. Sometimes it’s just Kris Rochelle (of Listener) with an acoustic guitar, sometimes it’s a band. This time it was a band, with Dan Smith (of Listener, I think) on bass, and members of Foxhollow on drums and guitar. I was completely not ready for how much this band slayed. He sang his heart completely out and they rocked so hard. I couldn’t gush enough backstage.

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Forrister – AudioFeed 2016 – photo stolen from David “NAAL” Mantel.

#1 Forrister – Ok, I know what you’re thinking. “You’re just all starstruck… Julien Baker… blah blah blah”. Well, yeah that’s part of it. But I tried real hard to put that bias aside. Of course Julien’s solo work is blowing up and is awesome, etc, but there really isn’t much out there about her band Forrister. They have a bandcamp site with one song, and it’s pretty good, but maybe not mind-blowing. I wasn’t sure if this band would just be all hype or actually good, needless to say I was skeptical. I met Julien right before she went on stage and she was really, really nice. Her whole band was really excited to be there, as if they were just excited we allowed them to play our fest. They were totally not rock stars about anything. We talked about DIY stuff for a bit and then she went on. They obliterated AudioFeed, The End.

Honorable Mentions 

Kevin Schlereth – I’ve seen Kevin perform quite a few times, but not lately. He’s really re-invented himself and after being snubbed by the fest for 3 years, he got his revenge with a massive crowd, huge sing-alongs, and the only crowdsurf of the Radon tent.

Mike Mains & the Branches – This band has some attention for sure, I’ve just never listened. I was worried they would be “too poppy”, but they rocked hard and it was good and I am now won over.

6’10 – did not disappoint just like at the Horse Show. Huge sing-alongs and you can tell they’re one of the best loved bands of the fest. It was hard not adding them to my top 5, just too many good bands, we need to stop booking so many good bands.

Adjy – I was so looking forward to this band and they were just as good if not better than I imagined. I found out their lack of online presence is on purpose as they are against social media and promoting the band through modern means. But they do believe in building personal relationships with their audience and they are some very genuinely present people. They even offered to help me load my pinball machine at the end of the fest. Their sound might just help me forget my eternal sadness when Anathallo broke up years ago. The only thing keeping them from my top 5 is all the technical difficulties we had during the set. We didn’t have near enough setup time scheduled for this kind of kitchen sink band, and had problems throughout the set, so it was hard to really get into the music. Next time we’ll be prepared. Hopefully we won’t have to wait till the next AudioFeed…

Hushpad – played 2 sets, the first set felt like a practice set to the 2nd. The 2nd set being the final performance of AudioFeed 2016, which was a perfect way to end the fest. The hope was to have the festival converge on the Flatfoot 56 set, and then come and relax to Hushpad’s chill vibes. Unfortunately not many got the memo, but their loss. The tent really felt like a Radon Lounge show as so many friends who we’ve hosted got together to hang and make good vibes together. This was a very memorable set, which included performers from many different phases of Hushpad through the years, basically a super Hushpad that slayed and made us feel good about life.

No Place – I couldn’t find much about this band before the fest, probably because they just changed names. I was pretty distracted during their set with lots of business to take care of with different people acting like rock stars, but when I got to stop and listen, it was soo good. I can’t remember much of their set as that time was a blur, but I couldn’t help but appreciate this band’s energy and good vibes. I can’t wait to see them again.

Strahan – from New Zealand! He happened to be touring with Josh Garrels and somehow got dumped on my stage. Definitely the virtuoso acoustic guitar singer-songwriter on my stage for the fest. His songwriting is certainly on point.

Trouper – almost made my top 5, I fall for this band more and more each time I hear it as it just keeps getting better and better. This is another band that’s gone through many different lineup and sound changes, but it seems they’re now perfecting a good thing, everyone needs to hear this band!

Cubits – Unexpected pleasure. I thought Nicholas (Mr Nasti) was going to do a solo set, but instead he brought his brand new band. This set could have been better, but we ran into some tech problems, but the songs that worked out were super good. Rumor has it we’ll get to try again this year to take in this band…

Timbre – Timbre will always be on my list. AudioFeed just wouldn’t be the same without her neo-classical indie harp-pop. She just hits me right there, and I fall in love with her beautiful harp playing and voice again and again.

I’m already thinking of things to do better next year at the Radon tent. I’m looking forward to putting heads together with the Baristie Boys to put on the best Radon experience ever. I’ve got new equipment ideas, and ideas to enhance the artist and audience experience. It’s only going to get better.

Long Live AudioFeed

AudioFeed 2016 Preview

By Jeff Radon

AudioFeed is almost upon us. Radon will once again run the hipster music stage for Dads, aka Radon Lounge tent stage. The fest runs July 1-3, with a special early day on June 30th.

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I look forward to this music festival every year as it feels like a big family reunion with getting together with many of the bands that have visited the Radon Lounge over the years and we get to hang out for the better part of a week.

The nice thing about this fest is there always is something good going on between the 6 official stages and who knows what shenanigans involving ninjas, kangaroos, free water guys… going on everywhere.

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Once again we’ll be excited to see our friend-bands Spoken Nerd, Keyoung, Levi the Poet, The Mailboxes, Analecta, Listener, Timbre, 6’10, Hushpad, Sam Arias, Trouper, Nicholas Naioti, Zoo, Kevin Schlereth, Insomniac Folklore, Destroy Nate Allen, Red Sweater Lullaby, Dan Smith, and I’m probably forgetting a few at this moment.

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And of course there are plenty of new friends to be made, I’m especially looking forward to checking out ADJY (reminds me of my lost love Anathallo) and the fest doesn’t stop there with new things for me to discover as I’m especially stoked to see Tow’rs, Frances Luke Accord, and Strahan for the first time. I also have to say listening to The Hunts makes me almost feel young again.

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The Hunts

AudioFeed definitely tightened up their hiphop game this time, one new-to-the-fest artist I’m hoping to see is Jackie Hill-Perry. I’m not an expert on rap, but there’s just something about her style that screams authenticity.

A couple big standout bands this year are Josh Garrels and Forrister. Josh Garrels may just be the only CCM artist left in the world whose records I may still listen to willingly. Forrister doesn’t have many recordings to listen to yet, but I expect good things and will be excited when they take the Radon stage Friday night. Forrister is headed up by one Bulien Jaker (spelling?), a girl not afraid to express her faith, still create good music, and is totally tearing up the indie world right now.

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Josh Garrels

One cannot forget Flatfoot 56. In previous years the Flatfoot set has been a highlight of the fest, bringing cardboard battles, pillow wars, and this year a big ole barnyard hootenanny.

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Flatfoot 56 cardboard wars, 2014

There’s plenty of other fun activities to check out. Bring a tent and camp out for the whole fest. Get your tickets AudioFeedFestival.com. Be sure to check out the whole lineup and do your homework as I’m sure I’ve missed something completely awesome.

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AudioFeed 2015 Recap’d

-Jeff Radon

Where do I begin? I suppose the beginning.

I started the fest bright and early on Monday to start setting up the tent and help out with whatever was happening. I hung up a bunch of silly planets and stars to help Pinbot feel at home. Of all the AudioFeeds and Cornerstones, I guess no one ever brought a pinball machine to the festival. But somebody blew away my high score, so definitely not doing that again.

The Radon tent didn’t really get started until Thursday and we had a really solid day of great artists. There never was a time when the tent felt completely empty, we were pretty impressed by the steady stream of folks checking out a lot of the “smaller” artists playing our place. It was nice to see the only Springfield band, Honey/Suck, represent. Other highlights for me was Mailboxes, 6’10, Waterdeep, and Levi The Poet.

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Levi The Poet closing out Thursday at the Radon Tent

I have to say the lineup this year was definitely our best yet. When people asked me what day would be the best to check out the fest, it was really hard to come up with a clear answer, although maybe Friday?

Friday at the Radon tent we hosted some more great artists including The Still, Small Voice, Bethany Hansen, and my highlight of the day: Trouper. That evening got a little weird as we cranked the Radon eccentricity to the max with folk punk, Columbian metal, and goth. It was my first time seeing a Destroy Nate Allen set and it did not disappoint. Elsewhere at the fest the Supertones were playing as well as one of my all time faves The Soil & The Son.

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The Supertones headlining Friday on the Black Sheep stage

Saturday was the last full day, but a very awesome day as well. The Radon stage felt more Radon than ever with many more new discoveries such as Get In The Ark, The Bergamot, and Fever Fever. I think we ended in the right way with a very loud Muir set to shake people to the core, followed by the quietest Beards set ever. We then launched into the dance party with Spoken Nerd and Quiet Entertainer, which unfortunately got shut down early due to noise complaints. Elsewhere at the fest Flatfoot 56 were so engaging with their pillow fight themed show, 2 people actually got engaged.

Saturday night was also my biggest freak out moment when the other organizers came over to my tent, while I was enjoying a very nice Beards set. They informed me the generator at the Black Sheep stage blew up and they may need to bring over Flatfoot 56 to my stage. I immediately went into the fetal position. Fortunately that didn’t happen, I’m sure my tiny-frail hipster tent could not have collapsed trying to contain all that rock.

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Comrades playing an impromptu set on the Front Porch stage

I’m very thankful AudioFeed has brought me into the team. I’m also thankful for my own team, some of my usual Radon volunteers showed up to help me run the tent. Thanks Zaxxson and JB! Apryl was already drafted for overall artist hospitality and my wife’s job was to keep our 1 year old alive, which she did successfully. Also a huge shoutout to the Radon tent sound team, the Impact Crew. They were veterans from Cornerstone and were a great group of guys to work with, despite the fact they didn’t understand why all these hipster bands didn’t have bass players.

Every year this festival feels more like a family reunion, perhaps a glimpse of what heaven is like, and that was certainly the case this year. The main organizers of the fest have been transparent about the business end, which has just been posted on the AudioFeed Facebook page. We still have more growing to do for sure, but AudioFeed is definitely something special. I’ve already got ideas for 2016.

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Destroy Nate Allen destruction at the Radon tent

AudioFeed 2015 Preview

Whoa man, Whoa man, Whoa man.

The 3rd AudioFeed will be here in less than 3 weeks. Once again we’re hosting one of the main stages, keeping that hipster foothold on this beautiful and crazy experience.

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We think this year has the best lineup yet. You can check out the lineup as well as a tentative schedule at AudioFeedFestival.com We’re looking forwarding to discovering many new bands. We’re definitely going to check out The MailboxesAracely, Captiva, Keep Quiet, Jason Barrows, Sea Cycles, American Wolf, The Bergamot, Fever Fever, and Muir

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The Bergamot

One special set we’re looking forward to is Waterdeep, playing Thursday evening on our stage. We have loved Waterdeep for forever, and are very excited to be hosting them.

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Waterdeep

Something even more special than new music discoveries is reconnecting with friends. It’s a truly great experience to see so many of bands and folks we have connected with over the years of doing Radon. Some of the bands we’re really looking forward to seeing again would include The Soil & The Sun, Von Strantz, 6’10, Narrow/Arrow, MR NASTI, Spoken Nerd, Analecta, Timbre, Trouper, Kat Jones, Cantalouper, Hushpad, Lauryn Peacock, and Beards.

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The Soil & The Sun

There are other things to do, too. There is a family zone with lots of kid activities, a 24/7 prayer and worship tent, the Asylum tent where things really get weird. And a new tent this year called the Imaginarium, which will host movie screenings and video game tournaments.

It’s no secret AudioFeed is a Christian Music Festival, made up of all the quirky goodness that made the ol’ Cornerstone Music Festival really great. If you’re looking for a Christian festival full of good American Christian Cultural values such as guns, politics, and generally being in a bad mood all the time, then keep looking. This is a wonderful festival celebrating the creativity instilled in us by our Creator.  This is the weirdest bunch of people you will ever see in your life, the young, the old, goths, punks, bikers, metalheads, hippies, hipsters , and plenty of “normal people”. Hope you can make it, get your tickets at AudioFeedFestival.com

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14 Things From 2014

-Jeff

One of our basic human needs is to obtain some top 10 list of things at the end of a calendar year. Do not fret, as I will not disappoint you. My spin is to provide 14 memorable moments of 2014. I’m not saying any of these moments are better than others, or are in anyway all the great moments of 2014, these are just 14 awesome things that happened at the Radon Lounge

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1. The Saudades. Each year seems to offer a few totally unknown bands that seemingly come from nowhere and become one of those sweet discoveries. A good example of this in 2013 was Filmloom. This year it’s The Saudades. They played the 2014 Horse Show and AudioFeed. I really like the unconventional approach to making music these guys do. It makes me wonder how they managed to put this band together as I haven’t found anything remotely close to them in their scene in Cincinnati. As far as describing their sound, just go and listen to their bandcamp, and figure it out for yourself, I especially enjoy their song “Strange Part”.

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2. The Soil & the Sun at the 2014 Horse Show. We already had the pleasure of hosting tSatS in 2013 for one of the best Radon shows to date. Although I have already seen them perform a few times, the barn just really seemed to click. Watching them do their thing with a big crowd in front in the heat, dirt, sweat, and dust was the most primal musical experience I’ve ever had. It’s been a long time since I’ve ever felt moved at such a level. I look forward to the next time our paths cross, as this band continues to be one of favorite bands of all time. Of course it helps a ton when you actually get a glimpse of just how closely connected their music is to their wondrous lives.

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3. Weight loss and pinball. I started working on a weight loss plan and by July of 2014 I had met my goal. I lost 61 pounds to get myself to a healthy BMI. As a reward, I was allowed to buy the Jurassic Park pinball machine that now sits in the Radon, which can be played for free during shows. I couldn’t rationalize buying such an expensive toy until I realized how much of an incentive it could be. Now the challenge of course is keeping off the weight…

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4. Cover Nights and Open Mics. I once thought Open Mics could be an avenue for people to express themselves and perhaps find out if they want to become a legit musician, or at least get their foothold in the local music scene. My friend Chase has helped compound this idea with Cover Shows, to give folks more of a tangible point to start from. I am very happy to say that today I’m actually booking people for regular shows who first came to Radon to play one of these Open Mics and Cover Nights. I had always hoped that the Radon would start something in Springfield, and now I’m finding perhaps it is.

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5. Kansas Bible Company. 2014 also marked the birth of my son Charles Lloyd. We took a couple months off on basement shows to get used to our new lives as parents. I could have booked some singer songwriter for our first show back, just to make sure we were ready to keep doing shows. But I instead booked the most ridiculous band possible. Ridiculous as KBC is a 12 member band, 5 of which play horns. I’ve never had a horn section in the basement, so I wasn’t sure how that would work. So largest band, and horn section, Go! It was a blast, and we had a ton of fun. Hope to have these guys back someday as they make great music and are a ton of fun.

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6. First International Band. Early in the year I received a booking request from my first band outside the U.S. The Strumbellas from Canada were interested in playing a show in a Springfield basement. I was pretty shocked as they have been nominated for some serious Canadian music awards. Once I started promoting the show, it even turned out they had fans in town! I’m not sure what to be more shocked about, first international band, or people actually knew who they were! Strumbellas put on a great show and much fun was had by all.

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7. Bands from across the pond. Not too long after the Strumbellas stopped by, I got a message from my friends at the Black Sheep Cafe. There were some really cool euro-indie bands from Sweden wanting to play Springfield and BXS wondered if I could host the show. It hadn’t been long since Charles was born, so I agreed to host the show at the Black Sheep Cafe, as I wasn’t ready yet to host a basement show. The show was on a Monday night, which of course is not my favorite, but we still had a decent turnout. I’m still listening to the albums from these guys, Case Conrad, and King Of Prussia. Especially Case Conrad, as they had that certain heavily emotional, yet disconnected indie sound that I think can only seems to come from parts of Europe. This was also my first time hosting a show at the Black Sheep Cafe, which I hope will happen again in 2015.

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8. Looming. Looming is a local Springfield band that got started in 2013, but I wasn’t able to finally book a show with them until 2014. I would have to say this is currently my favorite local band. They might have had to fight Lovecow for that spot. But Lovecow called it quits, which may have been the saddest news of the year. Looming feels like 90s nostalgia when you listen to it, but still very fresh. And of course Jessica Knight’s voice definitely makes this band. I’m always on the look out for more great bands in Springfield. There are some major genres represented in this town that really aren’t my thing or the aesthetic I want for the Radon Lounge. I keep looking for those bright spots and I think it’s getting brighter all the time. I’m really excited to watch our Radon house band Brother Phoenix (previously known as Phoenix Sons) grow up and become a real band. Looming, you’re on notice.

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9. Radon Tent at AudioFeed. In 2014 I was upgraded from gate attendant to hosting one of the main tent stages of the AudioFeed Music Festival. This was a huge honor and definitely a much larger “show” than anything I had done before. AudioFeed has around 5 stages running multiple days and the Radon stage mainly featured bands you may find at the Radon Lounge, along with other showcases. I was privileged to host quite a few friends on the Radon stage as well as some more widely known performers such as Levi the Poet and Propoganda. Also a talk was given on my stage from one of my favorite author’s Shane Claiborne. One of my favorite moments was to watch a now rare performance of Hushpad featuring Matthew Welchel and his kids as backing band, with many big acts of the festival in the attendance watching the performance, paying homage to one of the biggest music appreciators I know.

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10. Radon Garden Party This was one of my crazy ideas to make a theme show. The reason for the theme was to give people something to think about instead of how hot and sweaty they are during an August basement show with no A/C. People were allowed to pick whatever they wanted from our backyard garden. The idea seemed to work as it felt like the hottest/humidest day of the whole summer, the basement was a sweat pool, but lots of people came and stayed the whole night. We had some really great bands as Filmloom was back, along with my first performance in my own basement as a trumpeter in Zaxxson Nation’s short lived funk band. Also we made a new friend with last minute addition Clarke Andrew Andros, who was currently on his way to a Daytrotter recording session. The MVP of the evening was a $30 misting attachment I placed outside on a fan so people could cool off during the show and not combust to death. I’m definitely doing another Garden Party show in 2015!

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11. November Show I may remember this show mostly for all of the serious hanging out that occurred after the show. This was quite possibly our quietest show of the year, where we went back to a more stripped down, acoustic-y vibe with some added hip-hop nerd spices. All of the out of town folks were regulars of the AudioFeed Music Fest, and many folks came that are also of the bigger AFeed community. We had a lot of good times during and after this show. Shows are a lot of work, even if they’re in your basement, but it’s all worth it when making great friends like these.

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12. Empires. This one was a bit of a shocker. It seems we always get 1 or 2 bands coming by our humble hole each year that make you scratch your head why they want to hang out with us. Empires was probably the most emerging U.S. national act to come by in 2014. They had already performed on David Letterman, Bonnaroo, Onion A.V. and were on their way to Austin City Limits. They seemed to have a great time hanging out with us and definitely rocked the basement. Also on the same show was Sick/Sea from Austin, TX, another great discovery for 2014. Together these bands made an absurdly awesome show.

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13. The 2014 Horse Show – 2 stages, 20+ bands. 2014 marked our third Horse Show at Refuge Ranch. Each time we do this, the event gets exponentially bigger. We added a second stage to feature louder bands than our usual barn stage acts. We had bands from all over the country performing, along with many locals to create over 20 bands representing a pretty wide mix of musical genres. Around 300 people came out to enjoy the day with us, even with rain in the afternoon and evening. Dew’s Chili served up some great food and people had fun playing Mondo Croquet and and checking out the horses. We’re already making plans for the 2015 Horse Show.

14. Volunteers. The Radon Lounge has some really awesome volunteers. If it was just me running the show, it would probably die of lameness. Apryl cooks up some really great food for the bands and can accommodate any eating preferences with her vegan and vegetarian dishes. JB joined us this year as the official photographer and has blown me away with what he can do. Mike has been the main man behind the sound board. Chase has taken on organizing and promoting the Cover Nights, which definitely gives me a break. Sarah, Zaxxson, and others have spent time minding the door. Plus my most beautiful Cat wife creates all the artwork to make the Radon look legit. We also have some very generous folks loaning us a house drum set and lots of sound equipment. Of course these are just the main roles, there are all sorts of things going on behind the scenes by lots of people and most importantly we’re very excited that folks still keep coming to shows. Keep spreading the Radon!

It’s been an awesome year for the Radon Lounge, and I’m very excited about what 2015 will bring!

Get yer AudioFeed Tickets

AudioFeed has announced 2015 tickets will go on sale on Black Friday. They’ve also mentioned maybe a couple artist announcements. Finally something to look forward to for Black Friday!

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Find out more on AudioFeed as well as our summer music fest, The Horse Show, on their respective pages on this site. We’ll be keeping you up to date as announcements are made! Also check out more on AudioFeed on their site.

 

 

AudioFeed Preview For The Ample Post-CCM Gentleperson

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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Our AudioFeed Book Report

Hello this is Jeff from the Radon Lounge, the following is a rundown of my experiences at the AudioFeed Music Festival.

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AudioFeed took place over the 4th of July weekend this year at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

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AudioFeed is the fest that is picking up where Cornerstone left off. Although way smaller, it still contains the most essential part of the Cornerstone festival, the family! The Radon Lounge was asked to bring a team of volunteers to help with admissions, so if you came to AudioFeed but got confused at the gate on what you were supposed to pay and whatnot, that was probably our fault, sorry, we’ll do better next year. We were stoked to be a part of this fest, it was indeed truly great.

After the first day, we felt we finally got things figured out. Although I missed quite a few awesome sets by watching the gate, I still had a lot of fun greeting people as they came in. So many people coming in were so excited to be there, so many awesome conversations filled with excitement to see the bands to be had.

The main AudioFeed dates were the 5th and 6th, but there were a few bonus shows on Thursday. I got to see an accoustic Listener set along with some of my favs like Lauryn Peacock, and Tyler from Insomniac Folklore, and Sean Michel. I also got to hear the #1 song of AudioFeed “Crick in my Neck” twice in one day! And another bonus was a special time hearing sermons from 2 punk Scottish preachers. There’s just something about a Scottish man saying the word “Bible”.

Things got really rolling on Friday. I got to see sets from some of my favs:  Josh EhrmannMax Simmons, Ami Moss and the Unfortunate, and Timbre. I also made new discoveries in Brandon Reid, Molly Parden, and Rusty and Kelsey Vining. I was watching the gate when Maylene was playing, but my shift was over fortunately by the time Denison Witmer was on. It was so good to finally see this guy live. I remember listening to him 6 years ago when Cat and I were dating. His music was very special to us at that time, and of course we went to sleep listening to it. We talked to him a little before going to sleep that night, really great guy. I still remember his music being played at our wedding.

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Saturday was probably my favorite day. I got in plenty of shifts at the gate Thursday and Friday so I spent most of my time at the shows, and then helped a little with tear down. Saturday was when I made my best new find, Filmloom. Everyone should really check these guys out, so good. Unfortunately their recordings don’t do them any justice at all, the live show is so much better. Maybe they will come play the Radon Lounge some time? Better get on facebook and demand it 😉

Other performers I got to see for the first time were Cantalouper, Robert Deeble, The Choir, Nathan Stiteler, Beards, Otherkin, and even an impromptu ska set, complete with circle pitting and skanking, by Must Build Jacuzzi. I also saw Flatfoot 56 for the first time with their surprise set, which also included the biggest circle pit I’ve ever seen. Some of my favorite all time bands performed on Saturday including Insomniac Folklore, HushpadVON Strantz, Listener, and The Soil and The Sun. It was definitely a day of music made just for me.

20130706_164516Of course as a festival, there was more than just music. Various vendors were selling their wares including some grassroots clothing companies, vintage trinket merchants, and other various artists. Plenty of food vendors, and of course I spent a lot of time at Momma Linda’s hospitality area for musicians and volunteers. There were plenty of shenanigans to see including hours of buck-buck (break your back for Jesus). At one point I was working admission alone as people were gone to see different bands and a ninja came up from behind. Luckily he just wanted a fist-bump, and not make me dead. There were plenty of goths from the Asylum walking around complaining about daylight, plenty of bikers, and at least one person in a full mascot costume for no apparent reason. Although my conversations with different people started out as “have you heard of the Radon Lounge”, luckily after a while of that, I got to break myself out of promoter mode, and just had lots of good conversations about crazy things.

Sunday morning was filled with a lot of combing the grounds picking up trash. I also enjoyed a very powerful message from Appalachian revivalist preacher Shane Pippen and worship with Noah James and Christina Benton. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend of music, fun, and community.

As a Christian, this fest was really special to me. I always feel a tension in “Christian music” between authenticity and imitation, and why do we need “Chrsitian music” when really all music is in some part inspired by God, whether the musician is a believer or not. God is the creator, and we were made in his image, which means we create. I’m almost sure every band at this fest was in some part Christian, but most definitely not something you would hear on Christian radio. All of these bands are creating what is on their hearts and many will probably not make millions as their music is too crazy, too different, and too human. After spending an extended weekend with all of these great people, I really felt the presence of God in a way that I haven’t felt for a long time. It felt as if in my day to day life I theorize about who God is, and what His will is for my life. At this event, I just felt the theorizing and guessing was over, He is here, right here with us. The place felt like holy ground, that’s about as close as I can describe it in words.

The organizers of this fest are already planning next year’s AudioFeed, and we at the Radon Lounge will be there as well, helping in any way possible. Hope you can make it!

Don’t be bored this summer!

As we’re coming off our May show with Lucius, Tall Tall Trees, and Derrick Streibig, we wanted to let you know of some of the things going on this summer.

This Saturday, May 4th,  there will be a Family FUN Day at LSCA, a summer camp around Lake Springfield. They will be hosting many great bands including VON Strantz, Micah Walk, Back Pack Jones, Brilliant Move, and more. They will be doing the event rain or shine, and will have other fun activities and ways you can help a really great cause. Check here for more info.

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The Horse ShowOf course there will be the Horse Show on June 15th, our first music fest co-presented by Refuge Ranch, which will take place on the Refuge Ranch grounds. Be sure to check out our Horse Show page on this site for more details, we’ll have many great bands to see!

dumbfestAlso June 14th and 15th, The Black Sheep Cafe and Skank Skates will be hosting Dumb Fest for those of you more into the punk and hardcore arts. Later in August they will also be hosting their annual Black Sheep Fest. They have shows at the Black Sheep Cafe all the time, so be sure to check out their site often.

We’ll have more shows to announce as time rolls on, but one more thing really worth checking out is the Audiofeed Music Fest. It’s quickly becoming the goto Cornerstone replacement. They will be announcing many great bands in the coming weeks, it will definitely be the monster central IL fest of the season!

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Be sure to check in on the AudioFeed site to keep up with new announcements.