IngenuityFest 2012 returns September 14-16, this year at a new lakefront home at Docks 30 and 32 north of the Browns stadium. Headliners include Dragonette, Kelley Deal's new project R. Ring, and Two Fresh among others.
First, a mention to a few great bloggers I worked with to announce this year's lineup.
Ingenuity Fest Announces 2012 Music Lineup on I Rock Cleveland
"2012′s music lineup, running from September 14th through the 16th, is one heavy with artists from Northeast, Ohio, with a few national acts sprinkled in. Veterans of the Cleveland music scene and readers of I Rock Cleveland will surely recognize names like Megachurch, Shivering Timbers, RA Washington, and The Very Knees from gigs around town, while R. Ring, featuring Kelley Deal of the Breeders, lends a name that a wider audience should also recognize. "
"IngenuityFest boasts more than 50 bands throughout the weekend, with national touring acts such as electro-beat meistros Two Fresh, the folk/synth Equadorian sounds of Helado Negro, the abrasive yet lulling folk rock of Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline) known as R. Ring, and the synthpop offerings of Dragonette.
DeRosa said the main goal of IngenuityFest’s lineup is to share a range of acts that share the spirit of the fest’s emphasis on creativity and originality, be it a bluegrass, electronic, rock, hip-hop, world music and plenty of hard-to-describe in-betweens."
Below is my full preview from Cellar Door Cleveland, which can be found here.
This year, more than ever before, IngenuityFest is bringing in a broader lineup of artists from across the continent to highlight their usual range of local Midwest talent. And while we’re excited to see some of our favorite Cleveland mainstays – Megachurch and The Very Knees to name a few – the 2012 festival also entertains a full roster of breakout artists to watch. In addition to the complete lineup, there will also be featured spaces presented by The Coventry Kids and returning experimental collective Rubber City Noise.
Electronic has always been in the forefront of the tech-heavy festival and headliners Dragonette, hailing from Toronto, follow suit. Best known for that catchy love-it-or-hate-it smash Martin Sloveig collaboration “Hello,” the rest of Dragonette’s catalog actually borders industrial-tinged glamour-pop – think Goldfrapp. They’re joined by their street-smart, disco-worshipping Brooklynite tourmates The Knocks. Locally, Uno Lady’s established haunting one-woman looping returns to the festival along with another fresh female voice (and longtime friend of Cellar Door), Shannon Klaur, who performs with synth-pop sweethearts Wild Orphans. Throwback act Gossip Culture, who are bringing in guest musicians to add to their synth-heavy set, and neo-soul meets chillwave artist Freeze-Tag will perform on the tails of his release Wldflwr_hny. Also, performing on Saturday, Cleveland instrumental artist Johnny LaRock will be returning to the stage.
R. Ring, the new project of Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline), grace the festival Friday night with their stripped-down, but all-around charming departure from their celebrated namesakes. Closing out Saturday, Ragers, the glam rock newcomers and brainchild of This Is a Shakedown!’s Brandon Zano, kick off their six-date tour with Jesse Smith & the Holy Ghost. Also sharing the stage that night are psychedelic surf-rock locals Gap Dream, who in addition to being recently mentioned in MTV Hive’s Five Overlooked Garage Rock Albums of 2012, may just be Cleveland’s best kept secret. In between, Hendrix-revivalist Thaddeus A.Greene promises a powerhouse live performance.
Denver’s twin sampling wonders Two Fresh bring hip-hop to the fest, backed by Cleveland forces Smoke Screen and Rhyme x Reason. Not to be missed on Sunday, alt-soul breakthrough diva Lorine Chia makes her weekend debut opening for the legendary R.A. Washington’s new soul project, The Family Dollar.
The open-air outdoor stage is a perfect setting for Saturday’s multi-instrumental folk favorites Jack and the Bear, who lead into the Latin-flavored electro-folk of Asthmatic Kitty recording artist, Brookyln’s Helado Negro. Locals Bethesda, Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band, and The Womack Family Band will also perform lakeside.
HEADLINERS: Dragonette • Two Fresh • R. Ring • Helado Negro • The Knocks • Secret Panda Society • Matuto • 1, 2, 3
Friday, September 14
1,2,3 • Attack Cat • Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band • Debussi • Freeze-Tag • Jes Maybe • Matuto • Megachurch • Polina Kourakina • R.Ring • Revolution Brass Band • Rhyme x Reason • Smoke Screen • Two Fresh • Uno Lady • The Womack Family Band
Saturday, September 15
Black Eyed Keys • Broccoli Samurai • Gap Dream • Gossip Culture • Guy Pernetti • Hal Walker • Hawkeye • Helado Negro • Humachine • Jack & the Bear • Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost • Johnny La Rock • Jon Mancinetti • Josh Ottum • Leah Lou & The 2 Left Shoes • Me • Radio People • Ragers • Reed City • Secret Panda Society • Shivering Timbers • Thaddeus Anna Greene • Tree No Leaves • Uzizi • Wild Orphans • Zack Orr
Sunday, September 16
Anitakeys and Friends • Bethesda • Dragonette • Exo 4 • The Knocks • Lorine Chia • Nate Jones Band • R.A. Washington & The Family Dollar • S7Ghost + Furface • Shred Rot • Us, Today •The Very Knees