Possibly the most mature 22-year-old music nerd you’ll ever meet. An upwardly mobile young professional and proud of it. When she’s not commuting to her B2B Sales job, she’s meticulously planning her festival summer schedule. Every fest season, she hosts a group of friends on her living room floor, playing scout mom, planning meals and determining the perfect combination of sets to attend.
Barbara’s from Poland, by way of Munich, where she developed her devotion to electronic music. In choosing a US destination where she could immerse herself in the English language, Barbara chose Chicago for its place in house music history. She hasn’t left, embracing a message board community of like-minded disciples that serves as her only social link to the city she lives in.
Austin once looked the part of a foolish festival kid, backpack seemingly full of drugs and a presumed disregard for the reality of any potential consequence. But he knows. He served 3 years for refusing to give up his acid supplier after falling in a sting operation. And it only got worse. But now Austin’s out, sober, healing himself and those like him by producing the same events he used to cruise as a dealer.
When you picture the kind of twenty something that dedicates their life to attending festivals, you picture Jill & her friends. Flat brims, tie-dye rave gear, and a desire to find higher meaning in their festival-going hobby. But Jill’s a recovering heroin addict, and it’s her attendance at EDM-heavy festivals that keep her sober. It’s as counter-intuitive as it sounds.
When Travis was in high school, he checked into the hospital for a routine back procedure. He left in a wheelchair, paralyzed by a surgical error. He now devotes himself to his studies, live music, and poetry, emanating more swagger than his able-bodied friends combined.
Kenneth “Cobweb” Griffith was a dope MC. He probably still is. But he’s also a dope suburban Dad with an adorable daughter and a prestigious day job. You think you know a lot about hip-hop? You won’t after you listen to Kenneth for five minutes.
Rick Farman, Co-Founder of Superfly, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Steve Knopper - Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Jeff Shaw - Senior Vice President, Electronic Music Lead, Live Nation Entertainment
Philippe Ravanas - Vice Provost, Columbia College
Joseph Bognon - Professor of Live & Performing Arts Mgmt, Columbia College
Justin Sinkovich -Professor of Media Management, Columbia College; Record Label owner
Jerry Brindisi - Professor of Music Business, Columbia College; Former Market Researcher, Sony Music
Members of Lotus
Performances by Benny Benassi, Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic, and more.
Music by Loyal Divide, HAIM, Duke Dumont, Adam Johnson, Lotus, Taught Abroad, Ghosthouse, & James Wineman