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BAALS Music Festival - Up and Coming in the Midwest

BAALS Music Festival has grown exponentially in the past 3 years from numbers of around 2,000 in 2012 to over 10,000 between two shows in 2014. There are multiple festivals around the midwest hitting record numbers including Electric Forest, Spring Awakening, and baals offical logo - black backgroun - smallerLollapalooza. Attendence is booming for the various festivals, take a look at the numbers:

BAALS Music Festival is expecting record numbers again this year with a full day festival on August 1, 2015. In terms of the lineup we will be bringing in some national DJs and artist to accompany our local and regional artist. BAALS previously used local and regional EDM acts, and now we are looking to broaden the spectrum with hip-hop artists and folk rock groups. House4aHouse started the growth and now BAALS Music Festival will be on the map in 2015.

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BAALS 2014 - Thank You Attendees!

BAALS Music Festival was such a success thanks to the attendees, artists and Downtown Fort Wayne. We were able to donate $5,000 to the Mad Anthony Children’s Hope House and we’ve brought a wonderful young guy named Daniel Butler as Executive Director for BAALS 2015. Daniel will be making sure the event is a safe and fun experience come Summer 2015. This is  thank you to all who helped make the festival possible! <3 BAALS !

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Amazing Photo from BAALS Music Festival – August 1, 2015 – Shot by Judd Helms – http://www.juddhelms.com

The Gears Behind #BaaLs

See this wonderful post by DasFort below:

Several things come to mind when one hears “BAALS.” Fort Wayne residents may recall the famed mayor Harry William Baals who served 3.5 terms (the longest serving mayor of the Fort thus far) before passing away while in office, May 1954, or perhaps the commemorative plaque under the Calhoun Street bridge or even the H.W. Baals Drive through Johnny Appleseed Park.

The rest of the nation most likely recalls the Jimmy Kimmel skits mocking both the city of Fort Wayne, and the revered mayor Baals. Harry Baals even made the number one spot on Google’s Hot Topics list in February 2011. The attention was sparked when thousands of people voted online to name the new city-county building in his honor. Although officials of the city rejected the idea in lieu of Citizens Square, Kimmel caught on to the story and would not let it rest, along with syndicated radio and other late night hosts, the national recognition was largely derisive.

This is exactly why the founders of local nonprofit A Better Fort wanted to take Baals by the horn and reinvent the perception of the underlying and symbolic meaning. “The objective is to take negative stereotypes and rhetoric, poke fun at them and embrace them, as something of the past and make it clear that this is a new day for Fort Wayne,” the official statement reads. “And to show the world that this city, in fact, has #Baals.” (See Full Post HERE)

A STORY OF CITY BUILDING BEHIND THE HARRY BAALS JOKE

See this wonderful post about BAALS Music Festival 2014 written by Lynchpin Creative:

What does the city’s largest block party, a famous old train, and a big joke about Fort Wayne have in common? Everything.

Since collaborating with A Better Fort  in 2011 on the successful “My City” music video, the organization has sponsored a block party in the 800 Block of Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne for the past three years. This wall-to-wall electronic music fest, known as House4aHouse, has raised over $10,000 for the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House. Thousands pack the street for an incredibly positive night and as our friend Logan says in our video below, there is nothing else in Fort Wayne like it. (See FULL POST Here)