Fountain Square is bringing back Indianapolis’ hip-hop festival on August 27. Chreece II promises to be bigger and better than it was last year.
After last year’s sellout crowd the festival comes back for a 13 hour show with 79 artists and nine venues. Seven hundred wristbands were sold last year and the Fountain Square Plaza free stage had over 1,100 people come out and dance while DJ’s spun their records. This year there will be 1,000 tickets available to keep bars at capacity as it gets dark. Last year, kids sold their wristbands to the adults old enough to get into The Hi-Fi and The White Rabbit after the sun went down.
More all-ages venues have been added this year and the set at General Public Collective will be later in the night to host headliners. Hoosier Dome, Joyful Noise, and the Fountain Square Plaza are also all-ages venues.
The support the festivalgoers and artists gave each other was astounding. Look around the room and expect to see a few performers dancing along with the crowd. Last year Pope Adrian Bless was seen at every venue before his at-capacity performance at Joyful Noise.
“It was truly amazing to see such a huge audience for Chreece,” Bless told The Campus Citizen last year. “What impressed me even more was that I saw so many new faces. A large portion of the crowd seemed to be experiencing Fountain Square for the first time, and they were legitimately excited about music.”
Founder and local legend Oreo Jones is excited to bring Chreece back this year. After proving that it was possible last year he hopes to continue to build the scene.
“I feel like there’s a better sense of community this year. People are even more pumped up,” Jones said.
Jones dropped his second full length album “Cash For Gold” in May and planned Chreece for the second time. He is again performing with his collective Ghost Gun Summer at the Hi-Fi.
This year’s headliner is Cleveland’s Marcus Alan Ward, a man known for mixing the funky sounds of the past with the future of hip-hop. Jones described his sound as, “futuristic R&B.”
Jones recommends checking out 1200, The Rapper Chicks, Blood Handsome, Xavier Clark, and Marcus Alan Ward.
We recommend checking out Pope Adrian Bless, Ghost Gun Summer, Andy D, Flaco, and Native Sun.
Pope Adrian Bless put on a show for Joyful Noise last year and had to freestyle without a beat because his DJ didn’t show. After his set the whole crowd followed him out the door, people just wanted to be around him, don’t miss him this year. Bless plays at The Hoosier Dome at 9:30 p.m.
Ghost Gun Summer is the biggest local name and features Oreo Jones, Sirius Blvck, John Stamps, Grey Granite, and Freddie Bunz. The Hi-Fi crowd rapping along to “Bill Murray” was the highlight of Chreece for me last year. Catch them at The Hi-Fi at 12:15 p.m.
Andy D is a musical trip combining partying, comedy, and sexuality in a way that no one else can. Andy has lived in New York City, Bloomington, and has finally made his home in Irvington. Andy D plays Joyful Noise at 6:20 p.m.
Flaco is one of the best rappers in the state and can be seen rapping in Muncie. Flaco has been promoted by Pigeons and Planes and headlined The White Rabbit last year. See him at 11:15 p.m. at The Hi-Fi.
Native Sun mixes hip-hop with jazz in a way that hasn’t been done since A Tribe Called Quest. They will be at Joyful Noise at 9:50 p.m.
Indianapolis’ hip-hop community will converge on Fountain Square this weekend. Joyful Noise’s curator Karl Hofstetter was amazed by what he saw last year.
“It was truly amazing to see such a huge audience for Chreece,” Hofstetter said last year. “What impressed me even more was that I saw so many new faces. A large portion of the crowd seemed to be experiencing Fountain Square for the first time, and they were legitimately excited about music.”
If you missed last year and don’t know what to expect, check out a day at Chreece.
Find tickets and the schedule here.