Cobden is where it’s at this weekend!

Frack Free FestThe normally laid back town of Cobden is going to see an influx of hundreds of visitors this weekend thanks to a music festival being held at the Trails End Lodge. The “Frack Free Fest” is being hosted by SAFE – Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment, whose mission is to ban fracking in Southern Illinois. The event hopes to bring awareness about the dangers of fracking and to raise funds to help continue their mission.

SAFE is serious about bringing people together to support it’s mission, so they aren’t messing around with this festival. The Woodbox Gang is headlining, with guests Hobo Knife and County Graves opening. Because of the following each of these bands hold respectively, a huge turnout is expected Saturday night. If you haven’t been to the Trails End Lodge before, you should know it’s in a beautiful location, but with very limited parking. Because of this, organizers have arranged a shuttle from downtown Cobden out to Trails End starting at 7PM Saturday evening. The Facebook event page encourages attendees to carpool as space downtown may possibly become limited as well:

“Park in the large parking lot downtown next to Likkit Ice Cream and Humphry’s Antiques. Please carpool to this event!”

The Frack Free Fest is a FREE and family friendly event, however, there is a $10 suggested donation. Please remember this is a fundraiser, and the bands are playing to help support this cause many of us deeply care about. Do the right thing and show your support both monetarily and by attending responsibly. Carpool and have a designated driver.

To further add to the craziness in Cobden Saturday, SIWADE (Southern Illinois West African Drum Ensemble) is celebrating 15 years at the Yellow Moon Cafe from 8PM-12AM. Admission is $6, or $3 for the late set only.

How about yet another event in Cobden Saturday night? The Old Feed Store is hosting The Blue Billies Fall Reading of The Kings of Little Egypt featuring local legend Tawl Paul. Show starts at 8pm, admission is $10.

If you are more of an early bird, you get out to Cobden between 10AM-5PM for the Cobden Colorfest, sponsored by the Cobden Community and Business Association. There will be lots of great local vendors, food and live music all afternoon.

If you don’t make it to Cobden this weekend, there are SEVERAL other events going on throughout the area…check out our handy listing of some of our picks:

Hangar 9
The Mudsills w/ We Killed the Lion, Hugh DeNeal
This Must Be the Band (Talking Heads Tribute)


The Stage Company at Varsity Center for the Arts
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens Friday, October 11, runs through October 20.


Brews Brothers Taproom Grand Opening Weekend
B.Y.O.G. Bring Your Own Grill. Come tailgate in front of Brews Brothers starting at 3pm.
Bags starting at 3pm, Bill Harper, playing from 8pm-11pm, Red Eye Hot Apple Cider $5
Tastings hosted by Big Muddy Brewing, Excel Bottling Company, and Grand River Spirits from 2-6pm
Pat’s Barbecue will be serving Barbecue Sundaes, Sandwiches with sides and Wings from 2-9pm
Lewis Creek Band playing 2-6pm, ADCB Playing 8pm-11pm, Red Eye Porch Punch $3, Red Eye Hot Apple Cider $5
“Red Eye Recovery Sunday”
Half Price Shiny Mary’s (a twist on a traditional Bloody Mary), Chili, Cheese and Crackers, Games on the big screen


Two13 East Main
Divas of Illusion Show – Doors open at 7pm, live show at 10:30 & 12:15. Admission $4.


Alto Vineyards Colorfest 2013
The Voyagers 12:30-3:30
Josh Murphy of William Feigns 4:00-7:00
Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin 1:00-5:00

Next weekend’s events include SIU Homecoming, Makanda Vulturefest, the return of Mike Dillon and more! Stay tuned for next weeks article!

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