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Third annual Knollfest this Saturday




This Saturday, Indy’s summer music festival season will come to an official close with the third annual installment of Knollfest. Literally on a rectangular grassy knoll just south of Butler University campus, the 12-hour event will feature 16 bands and artists on two stages. Musical acts feature many well-known Indiana groups (including The Twin Cats, Midwest Hype, Shaggy Wonda, Ladymoon, Hyryder, and Oreo Jones) as well as prominent bands from across the Midwest.

Knollfest headlining band Future Rock have been busy creating a buzz in the festival circuit, boasting stops in 2010 at Camp Bisco, Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Head Jamz, and (most recently) North Coast Music Festival. Their performance (a unique blend of live instrumentation and electronic manipulation) is sure to be unlike any Knollfest has ever seen. Mickey Kellerman, Felix Moreno, and Darren Heitz all employ synthesizers and samples while also playing the keys, bass, and drums respectively. “We’re a little strange,” Kellerman says of his band’s one-of-a-kind fusion rock. “We don’t fit into any genre.”

Knollfest’s goal is to foster arts in the community through music and education. 2010 proceeds will be given to the Broad Ripple Magnet School for the Arts and Humanities, a college-preparatory program based on integrated studies in the arts, literature, history and science. This year, Knollfest will showcase presentations from BRMHSAH students in humanities, visual arts, performing arts, and media communications.

Knollfest founder Omolade Akande, a 2009 Butler graduate, strives to integrate the local campus student body with the vast community of active festival goers and grassroots musicians from across the Midwest. As the IPS Admission Counselor for Butler University, Akande says she is “grateful to still be so involved with the Indianapolis public school system,” in her adult life, both through daily work at Butler and through Knollfest’s contributions to IPS.

Additional activities at the family- and dog-friendly event include break dancing competitions, a Butler football team pie-eating contest, an art gallery, cornhole, and a moon bounce. Sun King will be on site for Knollfest patrons 21 years of age and older. Schedule is as follows:

Stage 1
11:00am — 12:00pm Shaggy Wonda
12:20pm — 1:20pm Hyryder
1:40pm — 2:40pm The Werks
3:00pm — 4:00pm Midwest Hype
4:20pm — 5:20pm Native Sun
5:40pm — 6:45pm The Coop
7:30pm — 9:00pm Twin Cats
9:30pm — 11:00pm Future Rock

Stage 2
11:00am — 12:00pm Res Publica
12:20pm — 1:20pm Fair Fjola
1:40pm — 2:40pm The Hue
3:00pm — 4:00pm Zmick
4:20pm — 5:20pm Ladymoon
5:40pm — 6:40pm Fresh Hops
7:00pm — 8:10pm Steez
8:30pm — 9:40pm Archnemesis
10:00pm — 10:40pm Oreo Jones Stage
Heavy Gunners
4:00 - 4:20 - Wiz Kids
4:20 - 4:40 - Scoot Dubbs
4:40 - 5:00 - NightRiders
5:00 - 5:30 - Grey Granite
5:30 - 6:00 - Andy D. DJ's
6:00 - 7:00 - TBA
7:00 - 8:00 - Manic
8:00 - 9:00 - Rudy Kizer
9:00 - 10:00 - Kodama
10:00 - 11:00 - Matt Allen

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