IC-Fest Concept

23Feb20

Indulge me, if you will. I had a fun idea a week or so ago, and it has been a welcome distraction. 

I've never been to a music festival -- not Alive on the Contemporary Christian side of the spectrum or anything like Rocklahoma when I lived in Oklahoma. A couple of months ago, though, Nessa P. made me think of this on a short "not-an-episode" of her Hello Nessa! podcast. After I checked out the band Rainbow Kitten Surprise, it occurred to me that I've named at least one festival's worth of musician/songwriters as Different Drummers in the past decade.

Right now, the count would be 65 if I combined the categories for bands, artists, and songwriters as Music, which I have done on the Category tags. Some of these performers and composers are gone or retired. Others wouldn't make sense in the context of an "Inappropriate Conversations" music festival. But I had no problem coming up with 25 artists and groups, along with very little trouble putting them into a sequence.

Again, making lists can be a relaxing indulgence. So, for a few posts in a row, I'll share my thoughts on an #ICfest of sorts, including proposed set lists reflecting the songs I love most. This will include a focus on inspirations behind their Different Drummer segments. My plan is to post the song titles, as if by day, along with a Spotify playlist that puts these songs in sequence (with only a couple of limitations due to Spotify gaps).

Of course, there is a reason I don't do music festivals. Camping is not really my thing, even less for my wife. Weather is an issue, with a bright, sunny day being no help. I once got a sunburn walking across the street in El Paso, Texas. In addition, I'm sure this concept reflects a combination that's too odd for an audience much bigger than 1.

For now, though, the list!

Headliners:
Neil Young
Garth Brooks
Elvis Costello
The Roots
Tom Waits

Featuring:
Indigo Girls
Violent Femmes
Maria McKee
Todd Snider
Sophie B. Hawkins

Along With:
Reba McEntire
T Bone Burnett
Dana Gillespie
Holly Cole
Chris Rice

Special Appearances By:
Dolly Parton
TobyMac
Nanci Griffith
Brian Eno
Phil Manzanera

And:
Laurie Anderson
Michael Franks
Imani Coppola
Victoria Williams
Larry Kirwan (Black 47)

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