Welcome to the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival.  A grass-roots illinois music festival created by music fans, for music fans! The 4-day camping event will be held at the beautiful 3000 acre Kennekuk County Park in Danville, Illinois. The site itself, with its historic collection of turn of the century buildings surrounded by hardwood forests and lakes, feels like small town America.  This is your invitation! Hang with us for 4 days of 100% organic, guaranteed feel-good music, performed by world-renowned musicians on 4 unique outdoor stages.

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22 years later, Widespread Panic is as sharp as ever, with a steadfast willingness to walk the improvisational high wire night after night – giving audiences the feeling that anything can and may happen.

Since their inception in Athens, Georgia, in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite status among American jam bands. Following in the steps of other Southern rock jam bands such as The Allman Brothers, they have influences from the Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres. Widely renowned for their live performances, as of 2013, they hold the record for number of sold-out performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 42.

Celebrating 20 years as a band, SCI’s signature has been their distinct stylistic variety–one they’ve never been afraid to evolve and shift.

The most fitting way for THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT to celebrate 20 years as a band is to release their first new studio album in nine years. The Colorado group arrives at a new chapter in their impressively storied history with Song In My Head, an album they recorded with producer Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads. The album, a collection of ten compellingly innovative songs, emerged from an urgency to record tracks they’d been playing live for several years, as well as a desire to document where The String Cheese Incident finds themselves musically 20 years down the road.

The band, formed in the Colorado mountain ski towns of Crested Butte and Telluride in 1993, has built on those 20 years of experience to become the musicians they are today. The band members were initially united only by the fact that they had moved to Crested Butte to become ski bums. Each musician came from a different musical background, with varied influences and ideas, entering into the band with no real rules. The String Cheese Incident started as a democratic hodgepodge, setting the tone for what their albums and live shows would become over the years. The band’s signature has been their distinct stylistic variety–one they’ve never been afraid to evolve and shift.

With a unparalled musical history as guitarist with the Grateful Dead over 50 years of touring, Bob Weir and Ratdog are still rocking stages across America.

There may never have been a band that has evolved more dramatically than RatDog. It began as a laid-back blues ensemble in 1995, but now it has become a snarling rock band that has a fabulous jazz trio at its heart. Of course, each of those forms are different facets of Bob Weir’s unruly musical personality.

Even as his first band, the Grateful Dead, was playing 100 shows yearly, Weir needed to find another creative outlet. He began cultivating a solo career starting with albums like “Ace” and “Heaven Help the Fool” and continued through sidebands “Kingfish” and “Bobby and the Midnites.” He then settled into a duo partnership with bassist Rob Wasserman.

As their music evolved, they decided to create a band and RatDog was born. Their music includes the plenty of the Grateful Dead songbook as well as Weir’s solo repertoire. Their live shows present blues standards like “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” to the psychedelic stylings of Dead classics like “Playing in the Band” and “Throwing Stones,” to Weir written rockers like “Cassidy,” and “Sugar Magnolia.”

Currently the band consists of Bob Weir – guitar, vocals, Jay Lane – drums, Robin Sylvester – bass guitar, Jeff Chimenti –keyboards, Steve Kimock – guitar and Rob Wasserman – upright bass

Railroad Earth’s brand of multi-genre rock is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members making incredible music on acoustic instruments.

The members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. Since those early days, they’ve gone on to release six critically acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live one called, “Elko.” They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country. But Railroad Earth bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us. We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”

Their live show chemistry is so hot you can expect moment after moment of musical and vocal fireworks!

Some risks are worth taking. When Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi decided three years ago to dispense with their much-loved individual bands and pool their talents, they had no way of knowing what the public reaction might be to the new hybrid. They found out quickly enough when Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2011 studio debut, excited their sizable, devoted fan bases and the movers and shakers of the music industry alike, landing TTB both a Best Blues Album Grammy and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year. Their live followup, Everybody’s Talkin’ documented what many were already regarding as one of the most superb concert acts around not even two years into their existence.

Now, with the release of Made Up Mind, there isn’t a shred of doubt that Susan Tedeschi, her husband and creative collaborator, Derek Trucks, and their superb bandmates are on to something—something very big.

Gov’t Mule is all about traveling new frontiers and keeping the old music alive at the same time. They are damn good at it, too.

Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov’t Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years – their Blue Note Records debut Shout!, a breath-taking, exploratory double-disc was released on September 24, 2013.

“This album puts a spotlight on the songs and the way that we interpret them, which hinges on the unique chemistry we’ve developed as a band,” explains Haynes, who along with Mule co-founder and drummer Matt Abts, multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson charted Shout!’s adventurous contours.

“Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul.” -The New York Times

Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey’s grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.

Word can’t describe the impact Leon Russell has had on American musical landscape as a singer, a songwriter, a pianist extraordinaire and session musician on some of the greatest recordings of all time.

Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. His songwriting credits include ‘A Song For You’, ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’. Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and received the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011.

Leon led the famous Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.

Playing bluegrass on electric instruments since 1989, his polyethnic Cajun slamgrass group was among the first to mingle the sacred waters of bluegrass with rock ‘n’ roll. This tour, legendary Little Feat keyboardist, Bill Payne makes his debut with the Salmon.

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers were one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.

Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz’s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

With a sound more akin to the Grateful Dead than the Black Crowes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood defines its music as “Psychedelic filling in a Folk Blues pie.”

In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, Chris Robinson set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons.

Tagged by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time” Robert Randolph is the only one on the list that tears up the sacred steel guitar accompanied by the big sound of his Family Band.

Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio. Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base.

Whether it is jazz to brass band, funk to electronica or hip-hop to fusion, Galactic is, always was, and always will be, a New Orleans funk band.

Galactic was formed twenty years ago in New Orleans and cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras! The group’s robust, edgy, highly improvisational sound is a gumbo of NOLA sounds, from jazz to brass band, funk to electronica, and hip-hop to fusion. What pulls all the diverse elements together into a coherent sound is that one way or another it’s all funk. Galactic is, always was, and always will be a New Orleans funk band.

Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music.

Vintage Trouble is a sensational, soulful four-man band whose very essence screams out loud of the late 1950′s to 1960′s. Turned on by and tuned into the evolutionary period in music and life when there was a razor thin line between Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, the band reconnects us all to one universal vibration. Their modern day classics transport the mind, spirit and body back to a sweaty, swinging, heart-thumping speakeasy. Their live shows feel like a sweet southern down-home revival mixed with a gritty, downtown edge. Inspirationally, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry and Ike and Tina Turner can all be felt in woven cloth that tailor-suit the band like honey to the bee. When the buzz tells you they’re near, get to them…and be prepared to be moved.

Fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar. –USA TODAY

Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place.
–New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Greene adroitly maneuvers the crannies of blues, folk, rock and soul with an impressive songwriting toolbox that uses a wide palette to express his simple, but not simplistic, tales.” – American Songwriter

At age 33, Jackie Greene has accomplished what many artists strive decades for. He has recorded seven albums of original work, an EP, DVD, and a recently released book of lyrics. Greene has been involved in many high-profile side projects. Included in his endeavors are performing with Levon Helm at Levon’s famous “Ramble” and featured performer at Warren Haynes annual Christmas Jam. Constantly touring, Jackie has a reputation for putting on an energetic live show and has earned the respect of critics and musicians across the country. He tours 100 to 125 dates a year, playing to a devoted and growing fan base, and has been featured at many high profile venues and festivals.

“The colossal low end and filthy grooves Dumpstaphunk threw down must have set a Jazz Fest record for baddest bass jams ever.” -Bass Player Magazine

A decade evolved from their debut at 2003′s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.

Dumpstaphunk spreads an unmistakably New Orleans groove with hard-hitting performances that dare listeners not to boogie down.

Since 1999, Soulive has followed their muse in the direction of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock, but, no matter how they push the limits of the organ trio, they always come back to their bread and butter: blistering solos and grooves that don’t quit.

Soulive has never made any bones about what they do best; it’s right there in their name. Since forming in 1999, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans has carried the torch for the soul-jazz organ trio—that venerable, funky institution pioneered by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes in the late ’60s. Rest assured, when the Evans brothers first brought Kraz by their Woodstock studio, there was plenty of old vinyl spread out on the floor. In their 13 years together, Soulive has followed the muse in the direction of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock, collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli, John Scofield, Derek Trucks and so many others, even going so far as to record a full album of covers by The Beatles (Rubber Soulive). But, no matter how they push the limits of the organ trio, they always come back to their bread and butter: blistering solos and grooves that don’t quit.

“Frankenreiter fleshes out the playful, rhythmic foundation on which his style is built, supplementing his acoustic center with vibrant bass lines, soft and soulful keys, and the intermittent horn part.” – Pop Matters

Before launching a solo career as the protégé of Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter began his professional life as a surfer. Born in Southern California on December 10, 1972, he landed a sponsorship with Billabong as a young teenager and moved to Hawaii when he was 14. There, he rented a home from the parents of Jack Johnson, a fellow surfer with an untapped musical talent. The two became fast friends, learning guitar together and hanging out between trips to the beach. Music was always a hobby for Frankenreiter, who began playing guitar in a local rock band called Sunchild during his late teens, but it wasn’t until 2002 that he grew confident enough to try a solo career.

To create his recent full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy – and no one else. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter.

A legendary performer and multi-instrumentalist, Sam Bush has influenced countless young musicians while expanded the horizons of bluegrass music forever, fusing it with flavors of jazz, rock, blues and funk.

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn’t seem old enough to be a musical legend. But he is. Known as the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. “It’s overwhelming and humbling,” Bush says of his lifetime achievement award from the AMA. “In my brain I’m still 17, but I look in the mirror and I’m 57.”

But honors are not what drive him. “I didn’t get into music to win awards,” he says. “I’m just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play and the older I get the more I love it. And I love new things.” A growing group of mandolin players cite Bush as their musical role model in much the same way he idolized Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns. “If I’ve been cited as an influence, then I’m really flattered because I still have my influences that I look up to,” Bush says. “I’m glad that I’m in there somewhere.” He’s being humble, of course. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles.

“I’m proud to be part of a natural progression in music. And I hope to still be playing 30 years from now.” says Bush, a two time cancer treatment survivor. “When the ability to play is taken away, it’s humbling. It teaches you a lesson: don’t take it for granted.” Here’s to the next 30 years.

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