The Main Stage is rockin’ all day long during the Popcorn Festival, from noon until 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the South Shore CVA. A line-up to suit all musical tastes, from funk to rock, is sure to please.
Highway Band performs on the Main Stage from noon until 1:15 p.m. Highway Band describes themselves as coming from “The Region, a tough blue-collar area southeast of Chicago where hundreds of bands battle for exposure and gigs. They have risen to the challenge, delivering powerful onstage shows week after week, year after year. Highway has tapped into the primal source of rock music, the blues, and followed its evolution through seminal bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones and Cream. Their original music acknowledges their musical debt to these bands without sacrificing passion and freshness.”
From 1:35 p.m. until 2:50 p.m., Lubriphonic performs on the Main Stage. Lubriphonic began with a residency at the legendary Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago. They have toured with Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, as well as other bands and released four studio CDs including The Gig Is On, Soul Solution, Super Moncho, and the self-titled Lubriphonic.
From 3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., catch the popular Crawpuppies. The Crawpuppies are not a cajun band or anything like it. They are one of the most solid original cover pop rock bands you'll ever come across. Hailing from Northwest Indiana, these veteran rockers have been entertaining audiences of all ages, sizes, and tastes since 1995. Their original works include the CDs Peaceful Amnesty and World’s Much Bigger. They are inspired by artists such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Everclear, Hanson, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Live, Blues Traveler, Rooney, Sponge, John Waite, Cracker, and Counting Crows.
The Main Stage headliner at this year’s Popcorn Festival is none other than the enormously popular and successful Gin Blossoms who perform from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The Gin Blossoms have been producing hits since the late 80’s with their indelible jangle-pop sound. Their breakout record “New Miserable Experience” in 1992 brought them fame with hits like “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” Other hits over the years include “Til I Hear It From You,” “Follow You Down,” and “As Long As It Matters” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group. Their blend of pop and rock became a musical force that helped define the sound of 90’s radio.
Their most recent album, 2010’s “No Chocolate Cake,” lands the Gin Blossoms back on the singles chart again with “Miss Disarray.” Over the years, Gin Blossoms have toured over 25 different countries including a five city tour of Iraq in 2010 and now they come to Valparaiso for the Popcorn Festival!
Make sure to also check out all of the great performances from noon until 6:30 p.m. at the Front Porch Music Stage. “Front Porch Owner Chad Clifford has a performance at the festival for those who take the garage band class. They have the chance, after their classes, to perform at the festival that’s a great opportunity for these kids to play in front of a lot of people on the stage,” says VCFE Executive Director Tina St. Aubin.