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Purple Door 2008 Review
Ah, Purple Door 2008. This is the 13th year of this little upstart arts & music, day and a half long, alternative festival. Purple Door Fest has closed out the past dozen summers in grand style by reminding us just how good Christian music can be when artists are given the freedom to stretch before a hip, appreciative audience. 

However, the 2008 Purple Door version appears pretty weak compared to the warm memories of past years' lineups that inevitably spring to mind as we make the drive up to Ski Round Top, Pennsylvania, Purple Door's home for the past 8 years. Each of the three stages suffered through some bands that were anemic draws, or bands everyone has already seen. We believe that the Purple Door audience is not looking for just big names, or the bands we've seen or know. We want the creative, edgier rock music that past Purple Doors have been so good at bringing to the stage.

2008 did bring some of that edge back this year with Oh, Sleeper; Bradley Hathaway; Timbre; and We Shot the Moon. Oh, Sleeper on the HM stage were up and ready to rock before 11am, and rock they did! The HM stage was clearly the most popular of the three stages this year. Packed out for acts like Haste the Day, the Showdown, Neocracy, and August Burns Red. 

Former HM stage band, Disciple, led the Main Stage lineup with that stage's best and biggest show, although Emery headlined. Other Main Stage highlights were: Bradley Hathaway, who always entertains with cheeky charisma and charm; We Shot the Moon, the buzz band of the day (who delivered on the buzz); and shoe-gazers The Glorious Unseen who led the attendees in worship with some help from Timbre on harp.

The Gallery Stage was not well attended, compared to years past, but gave us a full show from singer, ingenue, harpist Timbre, that was almost worth the trip all by itself. 

Although not as strong as years past, Purple Door is still the best week end fest we know. And we certainly have no future plans to alter our mid August drive to the mountains of Pennsylvania for good times, and good music.

Reviewed by Tony LaFianza


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