Ragefest will bring 22 bands to New Athens

Shayne Cordevant is the drummer for both Copecetic and Monolithic.
Shayne Cordevant is the drummer for both Copecetic and Monolithic. Shayne Cordevant

Ragefest will be all the rage June 26-28 on the Kaskaskia River near New Athens.

Shayne Cordevant will see to that. He has 22 bands lined up for the three-day festival of music, art and camping. Bands from Chicago and across Illinois, St. Louis and Kentucky will play all types of music — rock, folk, blues, bluegrass and reggae. He expects more than 800 people to show up.

“Three years ago, it started as a party at a friend’s barn on a farm near Marissa and one band. About a hundred people came,” said Cordevant, 34, from Tilden. He’s the drummer for Copecetic and Monolithic, two of the bands that will perform at Ragefest.

The next year, he added a couple bands and 200 people showed up. “It got too big for the barn and the property owner didn’t want to host it anymore. I don’t blame him,” Cordevant said.

Last year, 430 turned out for a one-day event. “With three days and two nights this year, I expect double that. It just gets better and better.”

In addition to non-stop music from afternoon to the wee hours, the festival will include food, arts and crafts vendors, and events for the whole family. Saturday events include yoga, Hula-hooping, fire spinning, a kung fu demonstration and swords exhibition for adults and kids.

Cordevant has been playing in bands since he was 16 years old. He has been with Copecetic, which plays funk and piano-based Americana, for five years. He has been the drummer for the rock band Monolithic for a year.

“My bands travel a lot, including Chicago and Nashville,” Cordevant said. “With Ragefest, we’re trying to bridge the gap between St. Louis and Chicago, so people can hear bands they might not otherwise have a chance to hear.”

Copecetic is the host band and headliner. Other bands not to miss include the progressive rock jam band EGi out of Chicago, and St. Louis favorites Acoustics Anonymous and The Driftaways. Jack Willis, of Chicago, is a fan favorite with a blend of folk, rock and beat-boxing.

Ragefest at a glance

What: Three-day festival of music, art and camping

When: June 26-28

Where: Kaskaskia River Marina, 1 Harbor Point Drive, New Athens

Admission: $50 at the gate; $40 in advance at rage-fest.com or at Hippie Daze in Belleville, One Stop in New Athens and Eternal Ink in Hecker and Sparta. One-day Saturday passes are $30.

Camping: RV passes are $75 and include water and electric hookups. Primitive camping is included in the ticket price; an extra fee will be charged for carside camping.

Ragefest schedule

Bands will perform on two covered stages, but performances will not overlap.

Friday, June 26

2-3 p.m. White Lightning

3-4 p.m. Todd Hazelrigg

4-5 p.m. Blue Fruit Snacks

5-6:15 p.m. Fanny Pack

6:15-7:30 p.m. Blastar

7:30-8:45 p.m. Jack Willis

8:45-10 p.m. Under the Willow

10-11:30 p.m. Candlefish

11:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m. Big Atomic

12:45-2 a.m. The Driftaways

Saturday, June 27

Noon-1 p.m. Chrysta Lynn and the Famdamnly

1-2 p.m. Monolithic

2-3 p.m. Animal Honesty

3-4 p.m. Old Toby

4-5:15 p.m. Mountain King

5:15-6:15 p.m. Cope Allstar Jam

6:15-7:30 p.m. Aaron Williams Band

7:30-8:45 p.m. Pete Jive

8:45-10 p.m. Acoustics Anonymous

10-11:30 p.m. Copecetic

11:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m. Herbert Wiser

12:45-2 a.m. EGi