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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hopstring Fest 2014 in pictures

By Ted Slowik

Hopstring Fest 2014 Aug. 23 at Joliet's Silver Cross Field was a 13-hour celebration of roots music, craft beer, food and community.
2014 Hopstring Fest 

This was the third fest presented by Mike "Triz" & Kathy Trizna, owners of Joliet's Chicago Street Pub. The pub is a hub for live, local, original bluegrass, roots, Americana and blues/folk/rock music in Joliet.
The Prairie Ghosts
The music started at 11 a.m. with a mainstage set by The Prairie Ghosts.

Scott McNeil and friends
In addition to running sound on the Red Betty stage all day, Scott McNeil performed an early set and was joined by Pat Otto, Allison Flood and John Condron.

The Leadfoot Band
The Leadfoot Band, a great bluegrass ensemble, played an early set on the mainstage.

The Alex Hoffer Band
The Alex Hoffer Band performed next on the mainstage. Rain interrupted entertainment on the side stages for a while.
The Regressors
Up next on the mainstage was The Regressors.

John Narcissi
Meanwhile, the rain let up and entertainment resumed on the Deschutes stage with a set by John Narcissi.
Kev Wright and John Narcissi
John's guitar teacher, Kev Wright of The Righteous Hillbillies, joined him for some songs.
Barrett Harvey

Backstage, The Righteous Hillbillies drummer Barrett Harvey collected signatures from Hopstring Fest performers on a drumhead he planned to auction and donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Chase Walsh
Chase Walsh, another of Righteous Hillbillies guitarist Kev Wright's students, performed on the Deschutes stage. Chase has more than 35,000 followers on Vine.

Back on the mainstage, Chicago Farmer performed.

The fourth stage
Triz wanted to give as many local musicians as possible the opportunity to be part of the festival, so music students performed on a fourth stage in front of the ballpark.
Tom and Becky
Tom Maslowski and Becky Smentek played a set of their new originals on the Red Betty stage.
Ryan Olsson
Ryan Olsson performed on the Deschutes stage.
Edward David Anderson
Next up on the mainstage was the great Edward David Anderson.
Kevin Krauss and Cody Diekhoff
There was plenty of fun backstage with artists like Kevin Krauss of The Regressors and Cody Diekhoff of Chicago Farmer hanging out together.

J Ross Green
Over on the Red Betty stage J Ross Green and his band played a blistering set.

Molly Batozech
Meanwhile Molly Batozech performed on the Deschutes stage.
Jeff Massey, Ed Anderson, Eric Saylors
Edward David Anderson hung out backstage with Jeff Massey and Eric Saylors of The Steepwater Band.
John Condron & the Old Gang Orchestra
Up next on the mainstage was John Condron & the Old Gang Orchestra.
Old Gang horn section
Condron's set featured Bill Aldridge and Matt Doherty on trombones.

The toast at Hopstring Fest
Pete Hegarty, John Condron, Triz & Kathy, Dave Johnston and Eric Johnson took to the mainstage for the official 2014 Hopstring Fest toast!

Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts performed on the mainstage.

Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins
Jake Cullen on bass, Pat Otto on mandola and vocals and Bridget Cavanaugh performed as Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins on the Deschutes stage.

Backstage with The Steepwater Band
There was more fun backstage hanging out with members of The Steepwater Band.

Allison Flood with John Condron
Allison Flood performed on the Red Betty stage with help from fellow Flipside Works artist John Condron.

The Steepwater Band
Up next on the mainstage was The Steepwater Band.

Brent James and Tom Maslowski
There was more hanging out backstage with the likes of Brent James and Tom Maslowski.

There were other performers on side stages and performances by The Righteous Hillbillies and Cracker on the main stage but I missed getting pictures of them.