A ski resort in Paoli, Ind., is the unlikely locale for the Yes Festival, a three-day event that will draw a national assortment of more than 30 DJs and performers, including Bad Boy Bill and Alexi Delano, to the Midwest this summer.
Chicago DJ/producer Bad Boy Bill, a veteran of techno's hard-core scene, Swedish deep-house producer Delano, MTV's "The Blame Game" DJ Richard "Humpty" Vission, New York drum & bass duo Ming & FS and Los Angeles' Skylab 2000 (born Dennis Barton) are some of the acts set to appear at the event, scheduled for Aug. 46 at Ski Paoli Peaks in southern Indiana. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.)
Seminars will be conducted on the environment, vegetarianism, spirituality, UFOs and the dangers of drugs. Yoga, massage and self-defense instruction also will be held at Yes Festival, with most musical acts scheduled for the evenings.
This is the first festival of its kind produced by the year-and-a-half-old Yes! organization, which is short for Young Enlightened Souls. Indianapolis resident and Yes! founder Colleen Riley, 25, said she started the group to "celebrate the spiritual side of raving."
"There are a lot of misconceptions about raves," said Riley, who criticizes the media's characterization of ravers as drug-popping dropouts. "There are also many positive and enlightening aspects to these parties. I wanted to throw a great festival that brought together kids interested in the same things I am and have them meet each other."
Although times haven't been finalized, Bad Boy Bill and Skylab 2000 are scheduled to play at the Aug. 4 festival opener, while Vission, Philadelphia house DJ Nigel Richards and Ming & FS are scheduled for the following night.
Bad Boy Bill was a member of the seminal Chicago Hot Mix Five radio-DJ crew, and has released a number of mix-CDs, including the recent Bangin' in London.
Born in Chile, raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and currently living in New York, Alexi Delano's precise, lush tracks have earned him a reputation as one of the top house producers. He recently released an album, ADNY Presents Leiva, and a compilation of recent singles, ADNY Selections '972000, which includes the track "Dreaming" (RealAudio excerpt).
Vission will release the 54-track mix-CD Shut the Fuck Up and Dance July 18 on Tommy Boy.
A pass for the three-day event costs $32 in advance (available through Ticketmaster) or $40 at the gate. More information about the Yes Festival can be viewed at the organization's Web site (www.yesfest.com).