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Thursday September 17th, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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2010 Phog Phest file photo by Owen Wolter

This Saturday Phog Phest is going back to where it came from, outside.

Phog Phest began in 2009 in celebration of the festival’s namesake and presenter, Phog Lounge being awarded the CBC Radio 3 Searchlight Award ‘Best Live Music Club in Canada’. This year sees the festival return outside, following two years inside of the Capitol Theatre.

Upwards of 2,000 anticipated festival attendees will fill the parking lot next to Phog Lounge for one of the country’s few truly independent music festivals.

Headlining is Juno Award winners Wintersleep, the indie folk rock heros from Halifax who have performed for festival audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, and everywhere in-between. Right on their heels are Toronto alt’ country legends The Sadies with their unique blend of country, psychedelic rock, punk, and surf. The crowd pleasing hip hop of Grand Analog (Winnipeg/Toronto) is back for their second Phog Phest appearance with live Afro-beat rhythms hip hop drums, and feel good funk.

Two of Detroit’s biggest bands give the day an international flair with the glam rock meets indie grooves of George Morris and the Gypsy Chorus and the Detroit garage legends the Von Bondies, now rebranded as Ponyshow representing neighbours across the river.

Rounding out the bill are Toronto’s Pony, featuring Windsor ex-pat Cristina Naccarato; Leamington’s wonder kids Sieraslave, and two of Windsor’s favourites; the folk rock of Middle Sister and indie rockers Better Weather.

Moving the event outside gave event organizers Stephen Hargrevaes and Tom Lucier the opportunity step up their game with three of the region’s best food trucks (Road Chief, Friendly Beast and Wrapsody) and the Bicycle Valet services of advocacy group Bike Friendly Windsor Essex.

The festival begins at 3pm on Saturday, September 19th and continues until 1am.

More information can be found here.

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