Aug 31

AUTHOR: Jasmine Bejar
CATEGORY: Stories of Impact


Momentum has a soundtrack—and it’s loud.

On Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne will become the epicenter of the inaugural Middle Waves Music Festival.

Hosted by Riverfront Fort Wayne and supported by presenting sponsor Sweetwater, Middle Waves is an all-ages “destination music festival” that will feature 30 acts on three stages, with food, beverages, art and river experiences galore. The festival runs 4–11PM on Friday, and 11AM–11PM on Saturday.

Performers will represent an eclectic mix of musical genres, including indie rock, hip-hop, electronic and Americana.

The best destination music festivals capture the imagination, creativity and personality of the community they call home—it’s about more than just the music. Middle Waves aims to do just that. As noted in a recent LA Weekly article, “There’s an increased trend of multi-faceted social events, and people are more willing than ever to make sure they don’t miss out on experiential, destination weekends with friends.”

A family-friendly festival (kids under 12 are free with a paid adult), Middle Waves will take over the entirety of Headwaters Park, with music, art, film and river activities on the riverfront, in the greenspaces and in both pavilions.

Live painting, free kayak and pontoon rides, kitty café and puppy pub by the ACSPCA, Cinema Center silent “dive-in movie,” Photanical pop-up workshops and so much more will bring the festival to life.

Middle Waves will feature three stages: St. Marys Stage presented by Parkview Health, Maumee Stage and St. Joseph Stage.

The St. Marys Stage requires a ticket/wristband, but the rest of the festival—including both the Maumee and St. Joseph Stages—are free and open to the public!

Download the festival guide today to learn more about the schedule, performers and activities. The guide will also be distributed across the region in Thursday, September 8th’s issue of Whatzup.

Middle Waves will be headlined by psychedelic pop band, The Flaming Lips, who have topped the bill at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury and more.

Joining The Flaming Lips are:

  • Best Coast (pop-rock, Los Angeles CA)
  • Bully (garage rock, Nashville, TN)
  • CaveofswordS (dream pop, St. Louis, MO)
  • Doomtree (hip-hop, Minneapolis, MN)
  • The Ike Reilly Assassination (rock, Libertyville, IL)
  • JEFF the Brotherhood (garage rock, Nashville, TN)
  • Oddisee (hip-hop, Washington, DC)
  • Sidewalk Chalk (hip-hop / jazz, Chicago, IL)
  • Tanlines (electronic/pop, Brooklyn, NY)

The festival will feature 20 artists from Northeast Indiana, including:

  • Andromeda (hip-hop)
  • The B-45’s (rock)
  • The Be Colony (psychedelic rock)
  • Either/Or (folk rock)
  • Heaven’s Gateway Drugs (psychedelic rock)
  • HUSH presents… (DJ sets)
  • J-Tubbs (hip-hop)
  • James & The Drifters (rock)
  • The Legendary Trainhoppers (Americana)
  • Lost Lakes (rock)
  • March On, Comrade (post-rock)
  • The Meat Flowers (indie rock)
  • Metavari (electronic)
  • Night Is Electric (modern rock)
  • Oferle (folk pop)
  • The Orange Opera (rock)
  • Sankofa (hip-hop)
  • Secret Mezzanine (folk rock)
  • Thunderhawk (indie rock)
  • Void Reunion (indie rock)

“We’ve got a saying, ‘Fort Wayne, you are cool enough for Middle Waves.’ Middle Waves is for everyone in this community. We believe students, professionals, young families, boomers and more will create memories of a lifetime at Middle Waves,” said event co-chair, Matt Kelley.

“’Our community’s thriving music, festival and arts scenes are what led to this event. Middle Waves complements events like Three Rivers Festival, Baals, Fort Wayne Music Festival, Living Fort Wayne Concert Series, Downtown Improvement District events, Taste of the Arts, Rock the Plaza and more,” added event co-chair, Alison Gerardot. “And we’re excited to highlight the musicians and artists who perform in our community every weekend at our great clubs and venues.”

As a completely volunteer-driven festival, opportunities exist for interested individuals and organizations to receive free or discounted tickets to the festival. Positions include admissions, green team, bartender, merchandise and more, and are available for sign-up at

Two-day, Friday-only and Saturday-only General Admission tickets are available at or at the ArtsTix Box Office, located at the Arts United Center. Prices are $35 for Friday, $50 for Saturday, or $75 for the two-day pass.

Momentum has a soundtrack—and it’s loud.

We hope to see you at Middle Waves.

Middle Waves is a non-profit community event (part of Cultural Advancement Projects, LLC) that operates with Arts United’s 501(c)(3) and relies on the financial support of local businesses.

The festival’s steering committee is Alison Gerardot, co-chair, Riverfront Fort Wayne; Matt Kelley, co-chair, The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar; Alec Johnson, City of Fort Wayne; Corey Rader, The Brass Rail; Dan Ross, Arts United; Katy Silliman, GeneAlign; Olivia Fabian, One Lucky Guitar.

For more information, contact:

Matt Kelley
One Lucky Guitar, Inc.
Middle Waves Music Festival co-chair
260 969-6672    info@middlewaves