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About The Festival

About The Festival

The festival will be held at Creekside Middle School in Woodstock, IL. The address is 3201 Hercules Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098. The festival is all day on April 8, 2017.

The fifth annual Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is being coordinated by Culture, Arts & Music NFP; a Not-For-Profit organization in Woodstock, IL that is focused on spreading world culture. For more information about Culture, Arts & Music, please visit their website.

The festival is the brainchild of  Denette Lynch (plays lead pan in Duluth, MN) and Matt Potts (Owner and founder of The Steelpan Store from Crystal Lake, IL) in 2013.  The two met at the 2012 PANorama Caribbean Music Festival in Virginia Beach.  Soon after, they both agreed that they would like to have a pan festival in the Midwest.  Since they were unable to find any existing festivals they decided to start their own.  The first year was a huge success and this has already become an event that bands in the midwest look forward to. The goals of the festival are to provide a fun and educational event where everyone can not only play pan but also learn from and hear other pan groups and clinicians.

In 2017, we are welcoming guest artists Kurry Seymour, Khuent Rose, Gregory Boyd, and the Culture, Arts & Music Artist-in-Residence: Potts & Pans Steelband. These great musicians will be around all day to educate and perform. GLSF17 will also see the return of the popular Mass Band. This is an opportunity for all participants to come together and perform as an 80+ steelband. Musicians will perform a new piece of music composed by Gary Gibson specifically for the festival. If you live anywhere near the midwest and have even a slight interest in playing pan, this is a CANNOT MISS experience!

You can also check out the latest developments with the festival on our Facebook page.