Middle Waves returns for summer 2022


Middle Waves, that sprawling concert series that made its mark on Fort Wayne for the first time in 2017 is back. After its debut as a late summer or early fall festival, Middle Waves returns on new dates in a new place. The two-day event promises to engage audiences and to expand their ideas about what concert festivals look like in Fort Wayne. Five years in, Middle Waves has become a Fort Wayne institution.

Middle Waves: new location, same summer vibe

New this year, Middle Waves will take place at Foellinger Theater, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, Ind. According to the festival’s organizers, they hope the event can remain as scheduled, since it is outdoors. There are perks and goodie bags for VIP ticket holders, and fun at every price point.

Middle Waves is more than just music, although that remains the main purpose of the event. There are also interactive art installations, food trucks, beverages, and “fun around every corner” to add to the cool vibe of the concert. Middle Waves arrives this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021.

The summer festival will feature a variety of acts that will perform on two different stages. One stage can be accessed by paid ticket holders; the other stage will be free.

Middle Waves: the music

The assorted acts, as usual, represent new music across genres. This year’s lineup includes Rosie, Big Boi, Young the Giant, Kiwi Jr., Mic Strong, and others. The event’s website not only lists all of the acts and the day or days on which they perform, but includes samples of their most recent releases. For more information and to take a listen, visit: http://middlewaves.com.

As the world opens up, Northeast Indiana is no different. Along with the Three Rivers Festival, a series of concerts at Headwaters Park and other events, it seems as if live entertainment in the Summit City will be in full swing, with enough options to appeal to a variety of musical tastes.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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