Hello CPF friends, we hope you are doing well!
With May being the time of year that Chicago Powerfest typically happens, Trevor Fisher from the Illinois Entertainer checked in with us regarding the status of the fest and published the following update in his latest "Caught in a Mosh" column:
"Alehorn's (of Power) triumphant return got me thinking about Chicago Powerfest, which, like AOP, was a no-go last year. So "Mosh" hit up Chris Lotesto (the C in CRJ Productions, the team that books Powerfest) and received good and bad news. The bad is that Powerfest may not happen this year, either — it's still up in the air. The good is Lotesto, who plays guitar in Ion Vein, insists Powerfest isn't dead. CRJ is regrouping (the closing of Pearl Room, Powerfest's longtime venue, sent things into a tailspin), rebuilding, and re-strategizing. A gaggle of notable acts, including Tad Morose, Agent Steel, Atheist, Testament, Novembers Doom, and Iced Earth played Chicago Powerfest during its seven-year run (2000, 2004-2009)."
Please know that we miss you guys and we're doing our best to come up with a solid game plan to bring the fest back better and stronger than ever!
All the best,
Chris, Rob, and John
Greetings CPF friends!
As 2010 comes to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout this challenging year, we sincerely appreciate all of the good thoughts and encouraging sentiments! We would also like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, may it bring all that you deserve! We're hopeful that the new year will bring about new opportunities, a renewed energy, and a CHICAGO POWERFEST 2011 edition so stay tuned, and all the best!
Chris, Rob, & John
Since the closing of the Pearl Room, we have yet to find a suitable venue to accommodate
the needs and vision of CPF but will continue searching. We will keep you posted on any
breaking developments, both here and on our myspace page, and still have hope of bringing
you a 2010 edition of the festival!
As always, thank you beyond words for your patience, support, and encouragement, we truly
appreciate it, you guys are the best! \m/
Chris, Rob & John
CRJ Productions would like to
extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this year's fest possible.
Without you guys there just would not be a Powerfest...plain &
Best crew/staff we could ever ask
Girls of Metal (Melissa, Jenny,
Becca, Cole, Tammy & Jess)
Chicago Metal Factory
also to all the bands who performed...with special thanks to the bands who made
considerable sacrifices just to come play the Powerfest...Assailant, Kiuas,
Perzonal War & Sheephead. Thanks so much...you all kicked
Also, thanks to everyone who came out to the fest...especially to
those who support us unconditionally!! You have our undying gratitude...and hope
to see you all again next year!!
Chris, Rob &
Hi guys....here is a preview of the extremely KICKASS festival shirt artwork that Scott Jackson of Monsterman Graphic design for usthis year!! There will be LIMITED quantities of the 2 sidedt-shirts and VERY LIMITED quantities of babydolls, girly tanks, andhoodies, so please plan accordingly and hit the fest merch table asapthis weekend! NOTE: please ignore the colored arrows, they were for color placement notes.
Event times are now posted, check the events page for details.
We would like to congratulate this year's BuzzNews Metal Wars winners,
Lost in Blue, who have won the opportunity to play Powerfest 2009, opening the Friday night festivities at 5:15pm. Many thanks go out to the BUZZNEWS staff & crew for their support of the fest & help with the contest. Read the full story here.
CRJ Productions would like to announce that Chicago's own EARTHEN GRAVE, featuring renowned violinist Rachel Barton and also Ron Holzner of Trouble fame, will be performing a special acoustic set in the fan lounge at the next CHICAGO POWERFEST...open to all fest attendees. Also performing in the lounge will be comedian TONY VALLE, who will be bringing a fresh new twist to the Powerfest experience...stand-up comedy. This year's event is set to take place on May 7-9 at The Pearl Room in Mokena, Illinois.
Tickets for the event are currently available via all Ticketmaster locations, Pearl Room box office & Metal Haven in Chicago. Also, specially priced 2-day & 3-day ticket combos are available via www.ChicagoPowerfest.com
Powerfest main-stage lineup...
Thursday, May 7 (kick-off show with Paganfest tour):
Friday, May 8:
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
CIRCLE OF PAIN
LOST IN BLUE (BuzzNews.com Metal Wars Winner)
Saturday, May 9:
Friday, May 8:
Saturday, May 9:
Meet Label, promo, media & graphics pros from the Heavy Metal Industry!
"By the glory of the Metal Gods, a fateful new association between CHICAGO POWERFEST & METAL MERGENCE has given opportunity to represent & help upcoming talent at the upcoming POWERFEST event," stated Mergence mastermind, Scott Jackson.
In a mini version of the annual networking event, staff will meet fans and bands looking for everything from better representation to professional packaging. The Chicago all star line up will include some of the industries most prolific & well known Metal entities such as: Dark Star Records, Chicago Metal Factory, Bitriot Records, Rebel Radio & Bookings, Monsterman Graphic to name a few. Bands approaching the Metal Mergence group can submit their demo, find booking resources, and perhaps even get a kickass new shirt or CD cover all in one stop! See the awesomely diverse line-up for Powefest at Chicago Powerfest.com. Join the Metal Mergence legion and find out more about our mission at myspace.com/metal mergence.