If you’ve driven, biked, scootered, or walked past downtown’s Soldiers Memorial in the past couple of days, you will have noticed some reminders of this coming weekend’s Live off the Levee events: plenty of porta-potties, extra trash receptacles, and a fence all stand in anticipation of Friday and Saturday’s festivities. But, for all of those who haven’t driven, walked, biked, or scooted past the new venue, consider this your cyber-reminder.
This Friday night, LOTL will to welcome Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 on the Budweiser Main Stage. Umphrey’s McGee is a South Bend-formed jam band that’s often compared (though never by me) to Phish and to The Grateful Dead. From what I hear, their shows are a mix of inventive covers and unpredictable improvisation. Sound Tribe Sector 9, the opening band, have made a name for themselves through their all-instrumental live performances.
Then, on Saturday, LOTL will feature a country music headliner who seems to share its name with a chain steakhouse and a large border state. Sherry Wibbenmeyer says she would be surprised if you haven’t heard Lonestar’s crossover pop/country hit "Amazed" - or "My Front Porch Looking In" and "I’m Already There (Message from Home)".
Fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:15 on both nights - and this weekend, they’ll be even closer to the music, since the pyrotechnicians say they will be shooting them off from a downtown rooftop instead of a river barge. You should have a great time - and a great view of the fireworks show. (If you live in a downtown loft, you might want to take some time to explain fireworks to your dog.)