This is Middle Waves

Fort Wayne is rising.

It’s the sound of progress, and you can hear it around every corner. Dining and living options abound. Sporting events send cheers through the night. And new buildings rise.


But it’s music that fills our streets and invigorates the soul.


This is the moment when the underground goes overground. A destination music festival driven by the grit and power of three rivers, where indie, hip-hop and rock & roll don’t just coexist, but converge, high-five and take a selfie.


We’re here to drop jaws and blow up silos.


Rivers are rising.
Energy is rising.
Volume is rising.

This is Middle Waves.

MIDDLE WAVES is a two-day destination music festival in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. The festival is held in Headwaters Park, along the St. Marys River, and features three stages and an eclectic mix of 30 performers.


Middle Waves returns in 2018 Fri.-Sat., September 14-15.

Middle Waves is all ages, all backgrounds, 
all music styles—all in one festival.

Two-thirds of Middle Waves is completely free and open to the public. With music, art, activities, food and drink around every corner, there’s something for everyone at Middle Waves.

The Middle Waves Team

Middle Waves is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit festival operating under Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. Our committees are made up of hard-working, art- and music-loving community members who believe in the advancement of Fort Wayne; striving to make our city a more connected, vibrant and beautiful place to call home.


Ryan Holquist

Sweetwater Sound

Logistics Chair

Beth McAvoy

One Lucky Guitar

Volunteer Chair

Corey Rader

The Brass Rail

Booking Chair

Jasmine Bejar

One Lucky Guitar

Marketing Chair

Alec Johnson

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

Katy Silliman


Festival Chair, Sponsorship Chair, Operations Co-Chair

Dan Ross

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne

Cultural Advancement Projects, LLC

Brad Hartman

Ash Brokerage

Ticketing Chair

Sanee Lombardi

Finance Chair

Melissa Twitchell

Hospitality Chair

Nicholas Weaver

Sweetwater Sound

Operations Co-Chair

Team "Red Shirt"

Along with the Steering Committee, Red Shirts help produce the festival from start to finish. You can find them running around on foot, ridin’ around on UTVs and just generally being there for any and everything you may need during Middle Waves weekend.


Matt Thomas

Nicole Funk

Billy Davenport

Justin Jones

Spencier Lehman

Shanel Turner

Erin Okeson

Zack Kittaka

Jess Thrower

Eden Hakimzadeh

Emma Anger

Justin Brant

Kristin Giant

Andrea Machlan

Sarah Aubrey

Dan Swartz

Tommy Cutter

Ryan Fox

Jenn Fox

Nick Lübs

Nick Ferran

Valerie Sheets

Sean O’Leary

Danielle Doepke