Fans Share Their Favorite Memories From The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival

first_imgMusic festivals always seem to boast the most memorable experiences for both bands and fans alike. There is something about the immersive culture of the festival experience, from camping out with your friends for three or four days, to making new friends and connections over the course of the weekend. From the magic that happens on stage when your favorite band is locked in and playing their hearts out for a massive crowd, all the way to the little things like a simple look from a special someone, to that random dance party at a nearby camp that goes all night long. Whatever it is, festival life certainly a special experience. And The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival is no exception to that rule.Boasting what is arguably its best lineup yet, and taking place from August 4th-6th at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, this year’s fest features headlining sets from festival hosts The Werks (3 nights!), STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, and a supporting cast that is made up of Lettuce, Dopapod (2 nights), Twiddle (2 nights), The Motet, Turkuaz, a special “Twerkapod: Tribute to the 90’s“, and much more. This year’s Werk Out is going to be the B-A-N-A-N-A-S, where many more special moments are sure to be created. With that in mind, we collected some of those special moments that fans have shared over the years. What memories will you make this year? (Get your tickets HERE!)Dillon Reif: “Best memory was being part of something that at the time I didn’t know was going to be so huge. Being there for their first year and continuing the tradition every year is my favorite memory. I met my fiance there three years ago. Everything about The Werk Out is a great experience and I can’t wait for it again!”Zac Peterson: “Sending our two friends out to see who could get the most signatures on their bodies. They were covered head to toe in sharpie for weeks lol.”Daniel Stephen: “Seeing the mighty collaboration of The Werks, Papadosio, Dopapod & Zach Deputy put Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig In The Sky” into reality for my friends and me. What a way to start off the weekend.”Pam McKinley: “Donna Jean and Dark Star Orchestra playing with The Werks in 2011 when The Werk Out was at Shawnee Caverns. The best ‘Shakedown Street’ that I’ve ever heard.”Denny Shivener: “So many amazing memories but what takes the cake for me personally is when Zach Deputy wore my handmade EL wire glasses during his stage set and again while he was jamming on the Further bus in 2014. Definitely made my weekend.”[photo courtesy of Joshua Timmermans and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]Sarah Leach: “Laying under a tree at The Werk Out 2015 watching the lasers reflect off the leaves. My guy grabbed me and told me he loved me (for the first time) and that I was the woman he had been waiting for. The woman he could spend forever with.”[photo courtesy of B. Hockensmith Photography and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]Haley Phelps: “Last year at the Werk Out when I looked at my friend and said ‘man they haven’t played ‘Duck Farm‘ yet this weekend, and I was really looking forward to jamming to that live. ‘Duck Farm’ immediately followed. Followed by a ‘Hey Jude‘ sing-a-long. Can’t really beat that. So many tears of joy were shed that night.”Julie Ann: “During the 2nd Werk Out on Saturday night during The Werks, I was standing in the crowd with a couple people who had just lost a friend very close to them and a friend that had just lost his mom to cancer. The Werks gave them a shout out and we took a moment of silence to remember the ones we’ve lost. The energy that set over the crowd was unbelievable. Although not everyone knew girl that had passed away, everyone in the crowd had lost someone special to them. So it meant something to everyone.”Chelle Shivener: “Watching 2 new friends get married on the Further Bus.”[photo courtesy of August J. Photography and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]Amanda Smiddy: “Last year after two total strangers offered to paint me and when they were done I looked in their mirror and written on top was the words ‘you are beautiful!’ When ever we see this picture we are reminded about how happy we were! So memorable… He had this printed on a blanket for me for Christmas! So now we are going to make sure the blanket goes to The Werk Out every year!”Hannah Elizabeth: “Cryder-Spaeth marrying Gavin M Spaeth in the jelly dome last year.”Marty Nesser: “I will never ever forget when The Werks closed with ‘Hey Jude’ in 2015. My husband, Kevin and I were in awe by this song. I play this song daily because my husband passed away unexpectedly last fall. I remember we held each other in our arms listening to this song.”Caitlin Styka: “Our neighbors had brought a full-sized trampoline to the festival, my favorite was bouncing on it during Papadosio‘s set while the sun was setting, it was beautiful and so much to take in!”Kevin Phelps: “Being able to funk out last year with Lettuce, then talk to them about how awesome their set was while Adam Deitch set up with Break Science.”Austin Ortberg: “2015 Werk Out was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I went with my best friend Ryan Spears and many other buddy’s and had the best weekend we’ve ever had and meet some crazy cool people to vibe with and help spread the love. Unfortunately, it was the last weekend we would ever spend together cause he was killed in a car crash the next week but he fell in love with The Werks and just all the good people and good times just as I did and I know his soul and spirit will keep rocking on. I’m just thankful enough to have our last weekend together jamming at the Werk Out!”*** For additional information and tickets, check out the festival website HERE ***[cover photo courtesy of Joshua Timmermans and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival]last_img read more

Wrestling starts season at No. 12

first_imgThe No. 12 Wisconsin wrestling team kicks off a fresh new season Friday as they welcome No. 22 Old Dominion to the UW Field House.The Badgers arrive at the dual opener following a successful 2008-09 campaign in which they achieved a 9-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the extremely competitive Big Ten. Wisconsin faired even better in tournament play, finishing fourth in the Big Ten Championships and ninth in the NCAA Championships.Head coach Barry Davis returns for his 16th year in command of the Badgers, and his team’s ninth-place finish at the NCAA’s tied the best placing of his career. He enters this year riding on 10 consecutive winning seasons.Wisconsin lost a good portion of last year’s manpower with the graduation of three All-Americans in Dallas Herbst, Kyle Massey, and Zach Tanelli, who combined for a 280-95 career record.Seven starters return, including two All-Americans in No. 2 senior Kyle Ruschell and No. 3 sophomore Andrew Howe. Ruschell finished third in the NCAA’s at 141 pounds, while Howe, at 165 pounds, won the Big Ten title, finished second nationally and collected Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors along the way.A strong Old Dominion team enters the new season favored to win their respective conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, with the support of four returning nationally ranked players: No. 5 James Nicholson at 125 pounds, No. 10 Jesse Strawn at 197 pounds, No. 13 Chris Brown at 165 pounds and No. 17 Kyle Hutter at 133 poundsWisconsin remains confident, though, they will come away with the victory.“I think it’s going to be a decisive win,” UW associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff said. “I think we have some real horses on our team and that we should win handily.”One reason for Pritzlaff’s confidence may be because it was recently announced that Brown and Hutter would not compete in the opener.Hutter’s would-be opponent, redshirt freshman Tyler Graff, will make his official collegiate debut for Wisconsin. Graff, a four-time Colorado state champion, is ranked No. 10 at 133 pounds. and is expected to face redshirt freshman Josh Gillis if Hutter indeed does not compete.Pritzlaff spoke on the excitement building around Graff’s debut.“He’s very excited, I’m very excited, I know our entire staff is very excited to see him wrestle and I know the fans are too,” Pritzlaff said. “We’re hoping they bring their best guy (Hutter), because Graff is a top recruit. That will be one of the best matches.”Pritzlaff indicated Howe and Brown’s matchup would have been one of the more important and exciting matchups of the dual. With Brown out of the starting lineup, however, Howe will be expected to face redshirt junior Derek Gallagher despite preparing all week for Brown. Regardless, Howe is eager and willing to get back to the mat, no matter the opponent.“I feel really good, I’m ready to go,” Howe said. “I’m just ready to get after it. Hopefully we can win the close matches and we will blow them out of the water.”Freshman Jackson Hein and senior Drew Hammen may be facing the toughest challenges of the dual opener. Hein will face Strawn at 197 pounds while Hammen will size up Nicholson at 125 pounds.Hein won the Wisconsin Division 1 state championship as a senior last year and finished with a 186-24 career record. Strawn qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year and has started this season on the right foot, going 4-0 at the Hokie Open last Sunday.Hammen, a returning starter, finished eighth at the Big Ten Championships last year while Nicholson is the reigning CAA champion.Hammen appears to be well prepared for Nicholson. After studying Nicholson’s tendencies, Hammen believes he has found an advantage in his approach.“He sticks to the basics,” Hammen said. “He’s a left-leg lead, which helps me a lot because I feel like I wrestle a lot better against left-leg leads. It’s easier to get my shots off in my offense.”last_img read more