Here's a concept: There's a music fest in a giant maze made of string. The Knockdown Center is hosting this year's edition of local experimental music luminary Sam Hillmer's You Are Here (Trouble Maze) Festival, an audio-visual event scattered with a myriad of lights, projections, sounds, sculpture and, of course, performances. Best of all, this year's giant string maze promises to be the biggest, largest and most sizable giant string maze yet.
The project, co-conceived with Hillmer's wife Laura Paris, casts a variety of cutting-edge musicians in a Willy Wonka–esque happening, which has previously featured hidden potions, custom video games housed in treasure chests and interactive sound installations. The music kicks off with an Afro-futurist blend of industrial, rap, noise and club music from Baltimore's Abdu Ali and Venus X of GHE20G0TH1K. Other highlights include cyber-soundscapist beats uniting with queer club sounds in sets from Noah B and FXWRK (July 3), and experimental saxophone explorations from Hillmer’s own challenging project Zs (July 1). Purchase tickets and check out the full lineup here.