October 13th, 14th & 15th

Hosted by The Way Down Wanderers

Dear Festival Goer,


We've spent over 3 years writing music, jamming and playing clubs and festivals in the US.  Many of us had great experiences when we were younger at music camps that encouraged jam sessions, lasting late into the night.  Those experiences got us thinking about hosting our own festival.  One that encourages everybody - not just the artists - to pick up an instrument and join in the fun. Together with our good friend and concert promoter, Bill Poss, the concept of the Wander Down Music Festival was born.


With Wander Down, we hope to facilitate a warm, family-friendly, old-time camp-style environment with live music both on the stage and around the campfire.  People of all ages and ability levels and folks who have no interest in playing at all will enjoy listening to music both on and off the stage in a fun, entertaining and supportive environment.


Dining hall, banquet-style home-cooked meals reminiscent of old-time childhood summer camp, guided forest hikes, art vendors, a barn dance and even on-stage performances by festival attendees are all experiences we look forward to incorporating into the Wander Down Experience.


We look forward to playing 3 sets over the course of the weekend, teaching workshops and most of all, being front and center for some incredible sets planned by our amazing inaugural year lineup.  Stay tuned!


- The Way Down Wanderers

October 12th, 13th & 14th, 2018

in Makanda, Illinois. Hosted by the Way Down Wanderers!


Artist list coming soon....


This is an all-inclusive festival. All workshops, jam sessions and other activities are included in the price of the ticket. Workshops and jam sessions may be subject to change. Schedule and sign-up information to come soon!

Barn Dance, Band Scramble, Yoga with Live Music,

Workshops for All Ability Levels,

(with guest visits from band members)

Workshops for Kids, Teacher-Led Jam Sessions,

Impromptu Jam Area.





Other perks include:

Chef-Prepared Dining Hall Meals,

Dry Instrument Storage,

and Designated Quiet Camping Area.


October 13th, 14th & 15th

Hosted by the

Way Down Wanderers!

Camp Manitowa

12770 N Benton Rd

Benton, Illinois