Cornerstone '97 Picures
Picture 1 Here's a new band called All Star United. These kids have a lot of energy!
Picture 2 This is our campsite. If you launch the stomp rocket and hit a tent, you win a free moist towelette.
Picture 3 Our campsite was near one of the large tents. A couple of nights, we drifted off to sleep to the soothing sounds of hardcore metal.
Picture 4 One of the fabulous babes performing at the festival was Christine Glass.
Picture 5 Christine Glass has cool red hair.
Picture 6 A long row of fast food stands was always nearby. Now that's my kind of camping!
Picture 7 Hey! This is Doug Moss and his cool band Honey. I actually worked with this guy for a few weeks before he quit his day job.
Picture 8 Sydney, the lead singer of morella's forest had hair this time. I'm pretty sure she pointed at me and smiled during the show.
Picture 9 Outsiders are a new band that played a mix of funk, rap, and jazz that had us all shakin' our respective booties.
Picture 10 This band might be Plumb. If it's not, then it's some other band, but Plumb is a really cool band.
Picture 11 Here's the skateboard/roller blade/bike ramp where all the radical, body-pierced skater punks hung out.
Picture 12 There was a rare appearance by the Gothic band Saviour Machine. Their lead singer is a creepy, pale bald guy in a robe.
Picture 13 This band is Soulfood '76. MWSTAFFO says that these guys know how to get down with their bad selves.
Picture 14 Every morning you get to wait an hour to take a smelly shower here.
Picture 15 At the exhibition tents, you could blow what little money you had left to buy cool stuff.
Picture 16 Everyone lined up to pay several bucks to climb this rock-like thing. In this picture, they're getting ready to haul it away.
Picture 17 I took this picture of Main Stage standing on my roommate's shoulders. Look at all those people! They look like ants. Rockin' Ants!
For eight straight years (1990-1997) I went to the Cornerstone Music and Arts Festival in Bushnell, IL (a really small town sort of near Peoria) on July 4th weekend. You camp out for five days with twenty thousand other people and listen to bands from noon 'til two or three in the morning. I've missed the last couple of years, but I'm sure I'll get back there sometime. In 1997, over a hundred bands performed on five or six stages. Highlights included the reuniting of The Call, a great show from Adam Again, and several cool ska-core bands (like The Supertones and The Insyderz).
There's a lot more than music at the Cornerstone
festival, so why not check out their web site. Huh? Why not?