City Rock Festival
features national, regional acts
instruction for troubled youths
(September 2009) Music, food and an assortment
of activities for the entire family all rolled into one package sounds
like a rocking way to spend a weekend to many people.
The public will be treated to a two-day rock fest, River
City Rock and Roll Festival on Sept. 18-19 at Madison Bicentennial Park.
The event features national, regional and local rock bands.
All proceeds benefit Musicians For All, a non-profit organization dedicated
to putting musical instruments and instruction in the hands and minds
of troubled youths. The goal of the organization is to provide the gift
of creativity and self-confidence to children who may need it the most.
In addition to a lineup of rock bands that will entertain the crowds
throughout the weekend, there will be a KidZone with inflatables, a
cornhole tournament, an adult beverage area, and vendors featuring hand-crafted
jewelry. Old Hippy Recycling will have a booth on green
awareness and information for green living.
Overnight tent and R.V. camping and hotel packages will be available
through Riverboat Inn, 906 E. First St. The hotel is also sponsoring
the hospitality for the bands that will perform throughout the weekend.
Vinnies Smokin Crows BBQ and Catering will offer a full
menu of food and snacks.
The main sponsor of the event is Gaylor, while other sponsors include
Electric Lady and Riverboat Inn. The two headliner bands drastically
reduced their prices, while all other bands donated their time to the
event. Clear Sound and Light, which is in charge of all technical issues
for the bands, also discounted their price for the event.
This is going to be an exciting fun-filled family event,
said MFA president and event coordinator Joe Devito. There wont
be any heavy metal or screaming, just the good old-fashioned rock and
roll that people enjoy dancing to and singing along with.
This is the second year for the festival, which was held at the Firemans
Park last year. Close to 600 people attended that inaugural event, according
to Devito. He said this years goal is to double or even triple
that number and eventually grow the festival to the success of many
of Madisons other festivals, which attract thousands of people
annually to the historic river town.
Devon Allmans Honeytribe headlines the event at 10 p.m. Friday.
Honeytribe was formed in 1999 in St. Louis, Mo. Led by singer and guitarist
Allman, son of legendary musician Greg Allman, they quickly became one
of the top draws in their hometown and won the Jam Band of the Year
award in the Riverfront Times Magazine Poll. People are going
to love listening to this band, said Devito. We are thrilled
to have them here.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and other bands that will perform during
the evening are local favorites the Jimmy Davis Band, Andrea Davidson
and The Flavors, a popular group from North Vernon, Ind.
On Saturday evening, Ekoostik Hookah headlines at 8 p.m. Born early
in 1991 in a smoky basement bar, the band has been continually evolving,
cultivating a sound that has perked the ears of contemporaries and attracted
fans that travel miles to hear them play.
The Ohio-based band began jamming during weekly open-microphone nights
when vocalist-keyboardist Dave Katz, lead guitarist Steve Sweney, bassist
Cliff Starbuck and guitarist-vocalist John Mullins had full-time gigs
with popular bands.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday, with music starting at noon. Other performers
for the day include local favorites Samesoul and Rusty Bladen and the
Designated Drivers. Shaggy Wonda, Local Villians Mellow Fellow Factory,
Michael Kelsey, The Vessel and Nicki Grill.
Wristbands in advance for the event are $5 for junior high and high
school students, $15 for a one-day pass or $20 for a two-day pass. Children
12 and under are free. Wristbands are $18 a day at the gate.
For more information, visit www.mfa-info.com
or call (812) 599-2400.
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