When founder Jeff Finley first decided to create his own fest, he sketched out three requirements: held in his hometown, not expensive and catered to his primary interests (art, music and entrepreneurship). The result was Weapons of Mass Creation, a design-conference-slash-music-festival combination event in Cleveland, OH that costs $75 (if you miss the early bird special of $65) for a three-day pass. For $25 a day, you get access to 20 speakers, 20 designers and 30-plus bands (and two break dancing competitions—one for adults and one for kids).
Still not convinced you want to spend August 16-18th at the Cleveland Public Theatre this year? Check out the lineups. This year’s speakers include:
- Former Good magazine staff members Ann Friedman & Dylan Lathrop, who created Tomorrow magazine.
- Designer Adam Garcia of design firm 160over90 fame before going solo.
- Rena Tom, who opened her own store (Rare Device) before selling it and operating a coworking space in San Francisco called Makeshift Society.
- Busy Beaver Button Co. founder Christen Carter
- IDEO Boston’s Kristy Tillman
- Alonzo Felix whose work can be found in the Lost Type Co-op.
- And many more
As for the can’t-miss band performances? Look forward to the sounds of:
- Midwest emo legends Braid
- American post-rock act The Appleseed Cast
- Nashville’s emerging Tristen
- Guitar virtuoso William Tyler
- Brooklyn alt hip-hop buzz artist F.Stokes
- Cherry Cola Champions, Two Hand Fools, So Long, Albatross and many more
For the full list of speakers and bands, check out the WMC homepage. Think the guest lists are pretty cool? Send some love to the festival by attending, volunteering or donating some dollars—every little bit helps.
If you read Melissa’s post yesterday, you know that this event is in its third year and is still trying to break even on expenses. That’s right. The people behind WMC are so passionate about its success that they’ve been shouldering many of the programming costs for the past three years. This passion alone is a wonderful reason to attend. After all, how could you not be inspired by such creative drive? Melissa and I will be attending, and we can’t wait to meet you there.