Some things are inevitable. The state fair is about to start, nights are getting colder, summer is coming to a close . . . That means it’s time to spend Labor Day weekend with friends and your other family closing out the 2016 festival season with the Last Daze of Summer at Sterling Stage Kampitheater.
The 2016 season showcased a new format including full Sunday nights, adding a major headliner and late night performance. The festival grounds and camping areas have been updated. Even the vibe is a little shifted this year. Read our review of Ameribeat Festival of Arts back in July. It seemed to be a bit more tight knit, respectful, and family oriented so far this season. I’m sure that will resonate to Last Daze!
The lineup is stacked with a slew of Sterling Stage favorites, as well as some exciting Sterling virgins that will be offering their debut performance to the Sterling family. Going out with a bang, Last Daze will feature Max Creek headlining both Saturday and Sunday night, as well as 2 nights of Ryan Montbleau. Ryan will headline Friday night with 2 sets of the Ryan Montbleau Band, while Saturday night will feature a late night solo acoustic performance in the Sinatra Lounge. This is one of the most intimate experiences you could ever have with your clothes on. Last year Folkfest, Ryan was scheduled for a late night acoustic set at 11:30 pm. Things get a little loose when the night is good at Sterling and Ryan didn’t get started until after 1 am. Even with a multi-set performance scheduled in another state the next day (technically later that day at that point) he belted out a whopping 21 songs that went beyond 3 am.
That alone should be enough incentive to get your pooper to Last Daze of Summer, however, there are plenty other reasons that Sterling is the place to be Labor Day weekend. Regulars like Jam Factor or Subsoil that will just jam your face off. Chris James and Mama G with the Spittin’ Sirens will be hosting Friday night late night in the Sinatra Lounge. This ought to be a hoot. They play some great original bluegrass along with a well arranged cover here and there. Real good songwriting in this band! They have a fun little ditty about a kitty that would be late night perfect, wink wink, nudge nudge.
Personally, I’m looking most forward to Space Carnival opening the days festivities on Saturday. They are a psychedelic groove rock band that is blowing up right now and they are so damn good. They have a new album, Drawn In By the Sun, that can be found on Spotify. These talented guys are finding their way into all the right spots and big things are to come for them before long! Be sure to catch their set at noon on Saturday. You can always nap later. You will thank me.
These are just excerpts of a weekend that is packed with talent start to finish. The four days of music will also feature Tim Herron Corporation, Gent Treadly, Formula 5, the New Daze, and many more!
4 days, $70! Come take your last opportunity of 2016 to let the weight of the world fade away with your friends at Sterling Stage!
Tickets available in several outlets!