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Posted on Tue. Sep. 02, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Pinestock Music Festival brings unique celebration of music to the outdoors

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WHAT: Pinestock Music Festival

WHEN: Noon on Saturday, Sept. 6

WHERE: 6725N County Road 550E., Churubusco.

COST: Tickets to the festival are $40 for people 21 and older, and $30 for people 21 and under. Each ticket includes a bottomless beer cup for those 21 and older, live music, camping and a huge bonfire.

INFORMATION: For more information visit the website at or the Facebook page at

The Bands:

1 p.m. - Joshua Elias

2 p.m. - O' Sister, Brother

3 p.m. - Pouncer

4 p.m. - Metavari

5 p.m. - The Wickerwolves

6 p.m. - The Dead Records

7 p.m. - R.O.E. (Rising Over Envy)

8 p.m. - Lighting of the FIRE

8: 30 p.m. -Spirit Animal

9:30 p.m. -Bailiff

11 p.m. - James and the Drifters

The Beers:

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Coors Banquet

Darkhorse Brewery Crooked Tree IPA

Three Floyds Brewpub Pride & Joy

Bell's brewery Oberon


Upland Brewing Company Wheat & Champagne Velvet

Woodchuck Cider


Music-festival aficionados understand the plight of the summer festival season: Hundreds of dollars are spent on tickets, thousands of miles are traveled, venues are crowded and $10 can barely buy one bottle of water.

Nate Norris, 30, and Nicholas Weaver, 29, have lived through that music-festival agony. After a few years, they wanted to do something about it, so the two created their own outdoor music festival with the goal of changing festival norms and celebrating regional music.

Norris and Weaver are the organizers of Pinestock Festival, a one-day, one-night event tucked inside a 20-acre pine tree farm, which Norris' family owns, between Fort Wayne and Churubusco off U.S. 33. The event opens at noon Sept. 6 at 6725 North Whitley County Road 550 East. Tickets to the festival are $40 for people 21 and older, and $30 for people 21 and under.

The festival has been going on for about four years now and started out as a get together with a few friends and one band. This year, the festival has grown tremendously, with the duo expecting about 500 people.

“It makes us feel good that we are putting something out there that people are interested in,"Norris said.

"There's not really something like this near the Fort Wayne area. It gets you out of the city and into the country. It almost feels like a different little world back there, and it's only a 30-minute drive.”

Weaver said not only is the festival a way to share their passion, but it's also a chance to give back to Fort Wayne and Churubusco.

“We want to put Churubusco on the map for something they are not really know for," Weaver said, "and we do hope to drive commerce and help the economy and the area. We are both northeast Indiana natives. Everyone knows the Turtle Town (based on the myth of Oscar, a giant snapping turtle said to live in a nearby lake that is celebrated with the annual Turtle Days), but we hoped to take people to an unexplored area of the town. If we can do our part to bring people to the area, then that's great.”

Featuring a lineup of bands including headliners and local favorites James and The Drifters, New York City-based Spirit Animal, Chicago-based Bailiff, Fort Wayne-based Pouncer and Chicago hip-hop artist Rising Over Envy.

“Our original idea was to give bands in the local area a stage to play on," Norris said, "but also we wanted to bring in bands that people really want to see or maybe haven't heard before in Fort Wayne. We really focused in on different genres of music. We have everything from solo artists to big bands. We hope to bring in national acts, too, but also give local bands a good stage and a good audience.”

James and The Drifters have been playing the festival for a few years, and this year the band will be highlighting tracks of its new album, “All That Gold.”

Lead singer and guitarist Kyle Jackson said the band is honored and surprised to be named the headliner this year.

“It's a nice collaboration of distant and regional bands. I'm honored that they asked us to headline the event, given we are one of the local bands. We aren't a huge name, but we are working toward it,” he said.

Jackson said the best part of the festival is the atmosphere.

“It's out in the middle of nowhere so it's really one of those best kept secret kind of things,” Jackson said.

The organizers not only pride themselves on the top-notch music, but also on offering and celebrating craft beer by including taps from breweries including Upland Brewing Company, Bells Brewery, Three Floyds, Darkhorse Brewery and even classics such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors.

Weaver and Norris are checking IDs upon entry and giving out bracelets to ensure drinking is limited to those 21 and older.

Remember, this is not only a music festival with great beer and music, but it's also a camping trip. Organizers encourage everyone to camp so they don't have to drive home that night, and, of course, bring along tents, coolers, food and mosquito spray. Also, for folks who may get hungry, Bravas will be selling food.

“In the past, all the people that have come out have come for the right reasons. We have had no issues or trouble so far. A lot of friendships have been born at Pinestock, and the community that is supporting the festival has been very cool and open,” Norris said.

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