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.