Wasted Plains fest draws about 350
More than 350 people turned up to rock out at the second annual Wasted Plains Rock and Roll Festival held at the VFW Post 5040 Aug. 25. The event was organized by Chrome-Attic, a creative community and recording studio located in Crystal Lake.
The main event kicked off at 4 p.m. and featured 19 Chicago and Wisconsin area bands, including Elephant Gun, Ezra Furman, Jaime Rojo and The Soul & The Sun; comedians; a late-night talk show, hosted by Joe Kwaczala; and free mohawks for daring partygoers.
Brandon Pacyna, Wasted Plains mastermind and event coordinator, said there were many differences in the 2012 music extravaganza compared to 2011.
A child-friendly event dubbed “Wacky Plains” was organized for children during the day. Activities included a petting zoo, bouncy house, craft fair, ice cream truck and story telling.
In addition, Pacyna said Wasted Plains featured a few new twists.
“We realigned Wasted Plains to pack more of a punch – [going] from 10 bands last year to 19 this year,” he said.
“We expanded from two stages indoors and added two additional stages in the VFW parking lot … We diversified the event as well by incorporating 10 comedians, a presentation of The Late Live Show with Joe Kwaczala, free mohawks and an outdoor beer tent.”
Nine businesses sponsored Wasted Plains, including Universal Reconstruction, BMO Harris, State Farm Harvard and the Woodstock Veterinary Clinic.
Billy’s Catering, Rosati’s Pizza and the Tropical Chill Ice Cream truck provided food and drink for attendees.
The event ran from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Pacyna said the Chrome-Attic team will assess what went well and what areas need improvement for 2013.
“[We want] to make Wasted Plains bigger and better for the community and everyone involved,” he said.
To volunteer for Wasted Plains 2013, email Pacyna at email@example.com.