USA – The idea behind The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival was to have its location rotate annually, but, six years later, organizers have no intention of ever leaving McHenry County.
Drawing guest artists from throughout the world, as well as a growing number of local steelpan musicians, the event has a following. It’s become the largest educational steelpan event in the Midwest.
“People in the community are really starting to look forward to this event,” said Matt Potts, one of the organizers of the event hosted by Culture, Arts and Music in Woodstock. “That’s one thing we are very happy about, and we decided we are going to keep it as a local festival.”
This year’s fest will be April 14 at Creekside Middle School, 3201 Hercules Road, Woodstock. It includes a day’s worth of workshops for musicians, including professional educator Mike Greer, who teaches the largest school steel drum program in the country in South Carolina.
Open to the public will be a 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 concert at Creekside. Tickets cost $10 at www.steelpanfestival.com or $15 at the door. Children ages 6 and younger are free.