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Old May 12th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chicago Powerfest still on hiatus but exploring options

Hello CPF friends, we hope you are doing well!

With May being the time of year that Chicago Powerfest typically happens,
Trevor Fisher from the Illinois Entertainer checked in with us regarding the
status of the fest and published the following update in his latest “Caught in
a Mosh” column:

"Alehorn’s (of Power) triumphant return got me thinking about Chicago
Powerfest
, which, like AOP, was a no-go last year. So “Mosh” hit up Chris
Lotesto
(the C in CRJ Productions, the team that books Powerfest) and
received good and bad news. The bad is that Powerfest may not happen this
year, either — it’s still up in the air. The good is Lotesto, who plays guitar in
Ion Vein, insists Powerfest isn’t dead. CRJ is regrouping (the closing of Pearl
Room, Powerfest’s longtime venue, sent things into a tailspin), rebuilding,
and re-strategizing. A gaggle of notable acts, including Tad Morose, Agent
Steel, Atheist, Testament, Novembers Doom, and Iced Earth played Chicago
Powerfest during its seven-year run (2000, 2004-2009)."


Please know that we miss you guys and we're doing our best to come up with
a solid game plan to bring the fest back better and stronger than ever!

All the best,
Chris, Rob, and John
CRJ Productions
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Old May 20th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hopefully soon. I know we had many different theories and ideas in the past but every year the fest was a great time. I would love to see it happen again and put Chicago metal back on the map.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 08:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Who in the hell UnBanned you?

Agreed though ... hopefully Powerfest will return again some day soon.



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Old May 20th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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my people and thier people talked and things happend.

I agree....I cant wait till Powerfest gets up and running again. I would offer one suggestion for the next one. To remain on the money saving side maybe not get any Euro bands and maybe stick with US bands to avoid dealing with over seas flights and Visa issues. There are plenty of fish in the sea here. I would love to see someone like Omen or Acid Witch play. Hopefully things get under way soon.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Acid Witch is great live, you guys are in for a treat if you are going to MDF.

The underground in the states and from my experience the locals in Michigan, Ohio, and the Chicago area could draw a crowd.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, I agree 100% with what Bob said.
Hello folks!! It has been a long time.
With the thrash resurgence as well as the current trad metal movement, there is plenty of great US talent, as well as older US bands who don't tour regularly.
This would certainly help with costs.
Definitely something to consider.
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Acid Witch is great live, you guys are in for a treat if you are going to MDF.

The underground in the states and from my experience the locals in Michigan, Ohio, and the Chicago area could draw a crowd.
I wish I was going to MDF....so many great bands playing this year.

Yeah....the mid-west has a great underground scene. Have oyu heard Wolfbait? they are from your area and are pretty good. Very funny live.
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Yeah Wolfbait rocks. They did a show with Slough Feg, Superchrist and Hookers.

Wolfbait's drummer was/is in, High Spirits, Superchrist, Wastelander, and The Meatmen.
Probably more.
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Yeah Wolfbait rocks. They did a show with Slough Feg, Superchrist and Hookers.

Wolfbait's drummer was/is in, High Spirits, Superchrist, Wastelander, and The Meatmen.
Probably more.
yeah....he did triple duty on that tour. That one hit Red Line Tap 2 weeks ago. Without Slough feg....they played another bar 2 days earlier.

Didnt know he was also in the Meatmen. Damn...he is a busy guy.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 11:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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good to hear it. I have never had a chance to attend Chicago Powerfest but I was close. I really wanted to see Kiuas but the rest of the bands were of no interest to me.
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So.......
Chris / Rob.......

Any newz??????????????????????
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Old August 6th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Figured since I posted about the IV/SX gig that it would probably
be nice to at least make mention that CPF is still on our minds
and in our hearts yet we've really got nothing new to report in
terms of when the fest will return and in what capacity. We've
been working on a few scenarios but so far nothing has panned
out to our satisfaction.

That's all for now, keep the faith, and we'll see ya soon!

Best,
Chris, Rob, & John
CRJ Productions


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