Annual Trail Mix music festival on Saturday adds fine art to the mix

  An artist performs during Trail Mix 2017. The music 
  festival will return for its third year from noon to 
  8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Izaak Walton Preserve.

  (Chronicle file photos)

Trail Mix is back for its third year, and the annual outdoor concert, sponsored by the Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil, will have more music and will add a new art show, according to organizers.

The event will take place from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, in the shelter and lawn west of Senior Hall at Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, 1100 Ridge Road in Homewood.
Organizer Steve Ploum said the event will showcase local adult musicians and TALK's talented teens.

  Aaron Cruz warms up
  before his set at the 2017
  Trail Mix music festival. 


Among the musicians slated to perform are Work in Progress, Charlotte McManus, Aggie Butvilas, Tin Men, Audrey Faris, Scott Neleski, Kirk Lindstrom, Aileen Staley, Seth Whitson, Matty Jiles, Andy Palmer, the Jack Bodie Band (Zak), Aaron Cruz, Scott Nielkelski from Go Time and Jim Joyce and Matt Didier from Thing 3.

Hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be for sale. Ploum said people are encouraged to bring coolers and picnic meals, but the preserve doesn't allow visitors to bring alcohol in. This year, adult beverages will be supplied by local craft brewer Rabid Brewery from 4 to 8 p.m. 

"The teens will likely dream up some cool things like what they did last year, where they braided hair and put flowers in peoples hair," Ploum said. "They did some henna tattoos, too."

He said the popular VIP section will be back. 

"That's where fancy, comfy seats will be roped off in a prime location," he said. "People can bid on them for a set of music and while sitting there, they can wave a flag and be waited on by teens."

This year, TALK is adding  a fine art auction to the event. 

Ploum said the work to be auctioned will include pieces from regional and nationally exhibiting artists, including Jason Lazarus, who has gotten national attention by creating a work that displays the telephone number to the White House; Allison Grant, formerly of Homewood, who has curated and exhibited at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography; Charles Sheppard, who is exhibiting after a long career as an accomplished architect; and Renee Klyzchek Nordstrom, who exhibits at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.

The event is rain-or-shine, and admission is free. Ploum said money for the organization is raised through sponsors and sales at the event. 

Local sponsors include Thomas Brabec Law, Bottle & Bottega, UpsaDaisy, the Village of Homewood, Izaak Walton and St Paul Community Church. 

"This year the money is specifically targeted to help open a new music venue/listening room, called the KickBack Hall & Listening Room," he said.  "It will feature professional recording artists who tour nationally and internationally. We are ‘this close’ (imagine an inch) to making this happen starting in early 2019.”

He said the location of the new venue will be announced when arrangements are completed. TALK plans to offer shows featuring acoustic music from folk and Americana to blues and jazz.


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