Ending Day 1

(I should note that right as I was submitting my last blog, Allan Aguirre was sitting with some of my friends cracking jokes and talking about the best places to eat in Chicago.  Cornerstone and friendships, indeed.)

After an intermission, the Square Pegs came back out for another set of songs.  The crowd, which was a little quiet and unfamilar with these artists, started to warm up to them in the second set and the artists delivered another great set of songs.  Derek Webb, the ninth Square Peg who would be headlining his own show arrived late, so the Square Pegs went longer than expected.  Of course, they had plenty of material to draw from since each of the artists has multiple albums, so adding in some extra songs was no problem.  All told, they played about four hours total which is a long concert for anyone.

Derek Webb did finally arrive and after some initial guitar issues, played a solo set of songs featuring some of his favorites and gave us a sneak preview of his new album Stockholm Syndrome.  Derek has never been one to shy away from controversy and some of the material on his new album has caused some issues with his label.  In the meantime, he has been unveiling new material by way of an Alternate Reality Game online.  Check out http://www.derekwebb.com and see if you can follow the rabbit trail to hidden goodies on the web.

At the end of the evening, I checked out Copeland on one of the Encore Stages.  They rocked it out a little more than previous times that I had seen them before and I really enjoyed the show.

Yesterday was one of those days that seem crammed with music.  I didn’t have a lot of time for blogging or wandering much, so we’ll see if today allows me a little more space in the schedule to catch up.

I’m uploading my photos to Flickr as the fest goes along…. check them out !