COLUMBUS, Neb. – The bold experiment of beginning a music festival in Columbus, Nebraska has so far been a resounding success and in 2017 organizers of the Power & Progress Music Festival are hoping to grow the weekend event even more.
“It’s been snowballing every year and so we’re just going to keep doing it as long as we can,” says festival organizer and Midland Band member Scott Henggeler.
The festival is set to hit Columbus for the 6th straight year, beginning on Friday and going through Sunday afternoon. It features a wide variety of music with jam bands, progressive rock, electronic, punk rock, bluegrass and cover bands, all being showcased at the festival.
The bands play throughout the day, with some sets going as late as 4:30 a.m. at Camp Pawnee.
“It’s a crowd that we do cater to, we try not to do it until the sun comes up,” says Henggeler.
Music festivals are scarce in Nebraska, especially in the Columbus area and organizer Anthony Owens says that’s one reason they started it in 2012.
“I think we were just trying to bring something different to the area, because there’s really not a whole lot of stuff like that in the area,” says Owens.
Attendees certainly get the full festival experience, getting a chance to camp out at the site for the entire weekend, something that Henggeler has noticed at other festival he’s played at.
“Once you go there and play and you see the atmosphere, and everybody is having a good time and enjoying the music. We want to bring this little slice of life home,” says Henggeler.
He’d also like to make sure everybody that comes, camps for the night, mainly for safety reasons.
“We don’t want anybody leaving, if you’re going to stay late night, please camp out,” says Henggeler.
But according to the two, the Power & Progress festival takes a lot of work to plan and they will start planning for next year as soon as this year’s festival is over.
“Making sure every band is able to play, agrees on their payment or guarantee,” says Owens. “Scheduling,” says Henggeler. “Making sure their performance times are all going to work with everybody,” says Owens.
New this year is a costume contest on Saturday, and Mission Infiniti will be on hand to help the entire festival recycle as much as possible.
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