February is too cold for the outdoor music festivals of summer to thrive, so Old Shoe, the host band of Shoe Fest, is going to bring the experience indoors. Snow Shoe is an annual winter music festival hosted in Chicago, which features multiple bands under one roof. For it’s fifth year, the band has decided to expand the fest to two other cities - Indianapolis, IN and Bloomington, IL.
This will be a unique experience with live artists and local vendors taking part in the festivities. The spirit of the festival community will come to life as the band invites friends to play onstage with them for this truly special event. The Schwag, a four-piece band dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the Grateful Dead, will add to the evening’s festivities. Allie Kral, a classically trained violinist and well known in the jam band scene, will accompany both of the bands playing as the “Artist at Large.” Allie currently plays fiddle for Yonder Mountain String Band and has graciously offered to join Old Shoe for this wonderful event. Indiana based Sun King Brewery, Kolman Dental and MOKB Presents will host the evening.
Old Shoe is a five-piece Roots Rock n' Roll band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.
In the past three years, Old Shoe has been quite busy: they solidified their current strong lineup with keyboardist /mandolinist / vocalist Joe Day and drummer Greg Fundis, rounded the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Harvest Festival and Phases of the Moon, opened for Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams and Grammy-award winning Bruce - Hornsby, and produced their own festival—Shoe Fest—which will celebrate its seventh consecutive year in September, 2017. Old Shoe’s newest album Family is not merely another notch in the belt for the band, but is more so a poignant culmination of their growth and progress since the last release in 2011. WXRT 93.1FM Chicago radio host, Richard Milne, calls it "...a big time album" and has compared it to the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street.” Old Shoe was also just ranked at #5 in the 2017 XRT listener poll for best local artist.
Doors open at 9 pm. The Schwag will kick things off at 10 pm.
Tickets: $15. You must be 21 years or older to attend.