This festival was amazing and really highlights what is so special about Indy right now: artists and fans of art coming together to support each other, show appreciation for each other, regardless of differences in taste or style. Indy is so eclectic and diverse, and diversity is the greatest strength a scene can have. Chreece really exemplified what a scene with dedicated curators looks like. The internet has democratized music and with that, artists no longer need to flee to former magnet cities like New York or LA or Seattle, they can stay where they are and make that place better. Indy is the best example of this I've seen in all my touring.
Chreece was the culmination of Indianapolis’ hip-hop community. It's amazing to see so many artists come together and support each other, something I have never seen in my life as a musician.
Pope Adrian Bless:
Chreece was like a beautiful Armageddon. So much happened that could have destroyed it--like closed-minded individuals who knew nothing of their own local hip-hop scene, cough cough--but it only made it that much more gorgeous.
This weekend I saw a state-wide acknowledgment of the Indiana hip-hop scene, and it was wonderful. People dancing, smiling, filming, and most importantly listening. Every stage was packed, so everyone can say they got to rock a crowd and get a feel for getting involved with a crowd. I loved it and can’t wait for the next one. Oh, and most importantly, Jon Rodger and Sean Oreo Jones are the MF’n gents of August for helping form such a spectacle of an event.
I'm glad I was a part of such a positive festival that allowed me to get closer with my community and fan base. It was truly an amazing experience.
Chreece is basically what Indiana needed to come together as a whole. It was a major platform for any artist from Indianapolis to get exposure. We all want it to be known that Indiana has something to offer. Also I want to give a big thanks to Oreo Jones for blessing me with this amazing opportunity.
The “cheers and peace” thing was for real. It was the biggest show Indy has done. It’s gotta go up from here. Fucking amazing. So much better than we thought it would’ve been--no one expected this.
I hear a lot of people say that there’s no music scene here or that Indy sucks or whatever, but Chreece showed me that isn’t true. There were so many fans and people in the industry, and it was really nice to see the connection of everyone together. It made me feel special to be part of it, because I was one of the few female artists. There was me and one other girl and...it meant that we were just as equal and we can be in the lineup to.
Darren Brown, Producer from Indianapolis and the only person to give us a mixtape during Chreece:
The event yesterday was unlike anything I've ever seen in Indianapolis. All of the local musicians networking. I usually have to be in Atlanta for events like this. I produce for a lot local artists, and I must say everyone was out. It was a great experience that I would like to see more of in Indianapolis.
Kat Coplen, NUVO’s music editor:
It’s been such a positive community experience. All the different parts of the scene are here, and it’s been awesome. The best part is [that] it’s all a fundraiser for Musical Family Tree.
Karl Hofstetter, Joyful Noise Recording’s curator:
It was truly amazing to see such a huge audience for Chreece. 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.