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Inaugural festival slated for state fairgrounds

Cage the Elephant, Hall & Oates headline All IN Festival


Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published May 18, 2022

A new festival, The All In Festival, will be a two-day, multistage event taking place Sept. 3-4 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

According to their website, the festival will be “a unique, cross-pollination of timeless legends and stars of today.” 

To prove their point, Hall & Oates has been booked to headline, along with Cage the Elephant, while John Fogerty, Portugal. the Man, Trampled by Turtles, Lucinda Williams and her band, The Four Tops, Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs and several others will be on hand. 

“Hoosier Hospitality” will be a focus to help complement the music as All IN will feature a great selection of premium, local food and beverages, a giant beer garden with local craft breweries, beer stations, and cocktail bars along with arts, crafts and other activities. 

The Indiana State Fair Skyride will be operating, so festivalgoers can get an aerial view of the activities. Overnight camping will be available with the option to park an RV or pitch a tent. 

Tickets start at just $50.

Christian rockers set for Ohio

If the All IN Festival isn’t your style, Versailles, Ohio, could be another Labor Day weekend destination. 

The small town, about  an hour-and-a-half southeast of Fort Wayne, will host the Immortal Christian Rock Festival Sept. 2-4 at the BMI Event Center.  

The three-day music festival features eleven classic Christian metal/rock bands, including Barren Cross and Whitecross. These rare appearances could be enough to satisfy any fan of the genre, but Sacred Warrior, Les Carlson of Bloodgood, and Classic Petra Resurrection, featuring the voice of Greg X. Volz, are also on tap. 

The Cult start tour in July

While The Cult continue to work on their followup to 2016’s Hidden City, they will head out on the We Own the Night Tour in July, with like-minded rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus. 

The first chance to catch the trio of bands will be July 12 at Riviera Theater in Chicago, followed by July 14 in Cincinnati, July 15 in Dayton and the tour finale July 27 in Detroit.

Kendrick Lamar hitting road

Kendrick Lamar just announced his Big Steppers Tour with Baby Keem, which will hit arenas in the U.S. beginning in July and stop in Detroit on Aug. 14, Columbus on  Aug. 16, and Chicago on Aug. 19. 

The news came a day after Lamar, one of the world’s most critically and commercially acclaimed rappers, released Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, his fifth album and his first in five years. 

Lamar’s previous album, DAMN, became the first non-jazz or classical recording to win the Pulitzer Prize, as well as have five Grammys.

Road Notes covers concerts within driving distance of Northeast Indiana. Send your news items to info@whatzup.com.

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