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Columbus, are you ready to rock? Power and Progress Music Festival is on the horizon | Local


When Tom Adelman and Jake Reisdorff reminisce about the humble beginnings of the Power and Progress Music Festival, they can’t believe how far they’ve come.

More than 10 years ago, the event organizers — along with their friend, Craig Mustard — recalled growing up in Columbus one day, wishing they had a festival in their hometown. This led them to start their own music festival as a way to provide such an outlet for members of the community and those in the vicinity.

Today, the music festival is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The Power and Progress Music Festival will take place June 2-5 at Camp Pawnee, 2330 S. 16th St. The first night begins at 7 p.m. and ends at noon on the last day.

Tickets are $45 online at bit.ly/3kmxng5 or $40 by visiting Not Your Grandfather’s Smoke and Vapor, 108 24th St. Children under 12 enter free. Tickets at the door on Thursday, June 2 will cost $60, a pass on Friday will cost $50 and on Saturday will cost $40.

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“It’s definitely a milestone,” Adelman said of the festival. “…We’ve stood the test of time and that’s something a lot of people are looking forward to.”

Reisdorff said reaching that landmark was a matter of perseverance.

“We learned from each year to try to improve the following year,” he said. “Being the 10th, we’ve come a long way since the first year.”

Adelman, Reisdorff and Mustard not only organize the event, but are also artists themselves through the Midland Band.

The Midland Band will be one of more than 20 performers on three stages during the festivities. Acts include the Kris Lager Band, Universe Contest, Head Change, Funk Trek, Jerry Pranksters, Powder Blue (Ween tribute band), Omaha Beat Brigade, Aaron Stroessner Quartet and Phandemic (Phish tribute).

The genres run the gamut as there will be rock, experimental, jam band, funk and more.

Although the concert was first held in 2011, it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adelman said that even though they couldn’t hold the gig two years ago, 2021 turned out to be a great outing despite some initial nerves.

“Before the festival, not many people had even done performances,” he said. “…I was nervous but once it started and everyone was there, it was so good. And so many people had such a great time. I think it was because it hadn’t happened in years. It felt like home. It was like being a family. »

The pandemic delayed the concert last year by around two months – it usually takes place the first weekend in June.

Reisdorff said it was a moving experience to be able to step back on stage last year.

“It was so cool,” he said. “There aren’t many concert halls in Columbus or where this kind of thing happens.”

The art for the festival is done by Brad Zywiec, who creates the show’s T-shirts and posters. Adelman said he was grateful to have Zywiec on board, adding that he went out of his way for the 10th anniversary poster because it includes artwork from previous years’ designs.

Andrew Kiser is a reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Contact him by email at [email protected]