Performers in the ICT Fest, its organizer says, must have as much of an impact off stage as they do on.
“They’re all a part of the Wichita music community in their own way,” Matthew Clagg said of the 20-plus bands on stage Friday and Saturday in Delano.
“Any band that plays is actively working, actively playing a lot of shows, actively putting out records and actively supporting the community,” said Clagg, a local music promoter.
Bands in the lineup include groups from Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Colorado, Minnesota, Alabama and Toronto, as well as several from Lawrence, Clagg said. All have some sort of Wichita connection.
“Even the touring bands have people who have come through before and contributed in some way,” he said. “A lot of the touring bands are people who will set shows up for Wichita bands in the cities where they’re from.”
Clagg said there’s always “an emphasis on newness” in the lineup for ICT Fest, which began in 2004 and has missed only one year since.
The genres represented include hip-hop, post-punk, experimental, indie-pop and acoustic folk, he said.
“It does really span the spectrum,” Clagg added. “It’s curated in a way that if you come to see your favorite band, there are four or five other bands to catch that you’re probably going to like.”
Among national bands, Clagg said he’s enthused about headliners J. Fernandez, a Chicago-based act described on its Bandcamp page as “psychedelic bedroom pop”; and Animal Lover, a Minneapolis punk-metal band.
The local headliners are Kill Vargas – “a group of young guys who are really making things happen fast around here,” Clagg said – and Fairness.
“Young” is the key word for both performers. Teenage bands generally get an automatic entry, Clagg said. ICT Fest is an all-ages show.
“All ages is a struggle to do in Wichita, because there’s no real stable, set venue for something like this. We’re always being creative,” said Clagg, who has moved the location of ICT Fest each year.
“There’s not a lot of other all-ages shows,” he added. “That’s why I go out of my way to book extremely good bands from all over the country and Canada to get these young guys exposure – not only to give them exposure to other bands coming in, but to show them bands they wouldn’t normally see.”
ICT Fest 2016
When: 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 2; 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 3
Where: Walnut Street Gallery, 112 S. Walnut St. in Delano
How much: $20 for weekend, $12 for one day. Youth 12 and younger admitted free.
5:30 p.m.: Stef Chura
6 p.m.: Fillius Sol
6:30 p.m.: Old Man Creaky Bones and the Astral Planes Walker
7 p.m.: Lewelheds
7:30 p.m.: Kill It With Fire
8 p.m.: Dead Shoes
8:30 p.m.: Gnarly Davidson
9 p.m.: Sin Lengua
9:30 p.m.: Jesus Chris + the Beetles
10 p.m.: Mystery Blood
10:30 p.m.: Shahman
11 p.m.: J. Fernandez
11:30 p.m.: Kill Vargas
6 p.m.: Pallet Town
6:30 p.m.: Rei Clone
7 p.m.: Arc Flash
7:30 p.m.: Jorge Arana Trio
8 p.m.: C.S. Luxem
8:30 p.m.: Robust Worlds
9 p.m.: Psychic Heat
9:30 p.m.: Tideway
10 p.m.: Living Ghost
10:30 p.m.: American Cream
11 p.m.: Animal Lover
11:30 p.m.: Fairness