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Published on April 10th, 2014 | by www.planitnorthwest.com

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Growing steelpan festival returns to Crystal Lake

Matt Potts wants you to think steelpan when you think Crystal Lake. Based on the response to this year’s upcoming Great Lakes Steelpan Festival, he’s succeeding. “The fact that we have five of the six bands participating in the event driving over six hours to come, we feel, is a strong indicator that we are achieving that,” said Potts, event organizer and band member of Potts & Pans, an internationally acclaimed steel band.

“We’ve got people flying out from all around the country, making the drive out, so we definitely feel we are well on our way to achieving our goal of having Crystal Lake become something people think about when they think about steelpan, not only in the Midwest, but in the U.S., in the whole country,” he said.

The Great Lakes Steelpan Festival starts at 9 a.m. with free band performances and workshops and concludes with an 8 p.m. concert April 12 at Hannah Beardsley Middle School, 515 E. Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake. It is promoted as the only music festival in the Chicago area specializing in the steelpan, also known as the steel drum, a musical instrument from the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. The steelpan originally was made from 55-gallon drums formerly containing oil and other substances.

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