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Chicago Powerfest still on hiatus but exploring options

Discussion in 'Chicago Powerfest' started by Chris Lotesto, May 12, 2011.

  1. Chris Lotesto

    Chris Lotesto Uncle Fester

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    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
     
  2. Diabolik

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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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    Who in the hell UnBanned you?

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



    Britt
     
  4. Diabolik

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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.
     
  5. The Wicked One

    The Wicked One Still menacing

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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.
     
  6. Jasonic

    Jasonic Doom On!

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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.
     
  7. Diabolik

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    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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    The Wicked One Still menacing

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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.
     
  9. Diabolik

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    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.
     
  10. modernwizardry

    modernwizardry brewing some doom stew

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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.
     
  11. Jasonic

    Jasonic Doom On!

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    So.......
    Chris / Rob.......

    Any newz??????????????????????
     
  12. Chris Lotesto

    Chris Lotesto Uncle Fester

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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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