The summer has flown by and if you missed one of the many festivals that Hampton Roads had to offer, there is no need to worry because one of the best music and arts festival is happening this Saturday – and it’s FREE. The ETC (Embrace The Culture) Indie Music and Arts is taking over Town Point Park in Norfolk from 12p – 10p. In it’s 4th year, ETC brings together some of the best independent national and local musicians spread across three different stage settings throughout the park – from the acoustic to the electric to the progressive – there is a little something for everyone’s taste. Andy Geels kicks things off at the Tidewater Arts Outreach Emerging Artist stage at 12p. This is a great spot to catch some of the best singer/songwriters in Hampton Roads, with some that have appeared on The Hampton Roads Show including this Friday’s featured artist, Dan Pellegrino. TAO is a phenomenal arts organization that uses the power of music and arts as healing tool for those with special needs.
TAO Emerging Artist Stage Schedule
12p – Andy Geels
12:30p – Kelsie McNair
1p – Roy Ira Moats
1:30p – Alice Conner
2p – Mike Lawson
2:30p – Skye Zentz
3p – Tom Euler
3:30p – Dan Pellegrino
4p – Holly Bishop
4:30p – Richard Mekdeci
Another stage is set up under a tent that has a cool, little bohemian vibe where you’ll find two of the best local bands performing – Little Pants and The Dahus. Little Pants started out as an acoustic duo where they won Best Acoustic at this year’s Veer Magazine Local Music Awards but now have plugged things in a bit. Their latest EP, Oh My MY, is fantastic and they will hit the stage at 12:30p. One of my favorite bands, The Dahus, will be making their second appearance at ETC. They first rocked the tent in 2012 and I’m sure they will rock it again this year. They start their set at 2:15p. Nashville-based rock band, Koa, will take over the tent at 3:45p. A great sounding band with a mix of jam and southern rock, you can download their latest single ‘False Calls’ by clicking this link.
The main stage starts off at 5p with Atlanta’s folkie-rock band, Little Tybee. A great 8-piece band that reminds a little of The Last Bison with their folk roots and a touch of electricity. They currently working on their follow-up to For Distance Viewing and I’m sure they will give you a little sneak peak of what’s to come. Royal Teeth from Louisiana are also the studio recording new music. Their latest record, Glow, featured their hit ‘Wild’. The band performed the song on American Idol and the tune has appeared on numerous commercials and the video game FIFA 2013. Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez aka JOHNNYSWIM will tantalize the senses with their bluesy, poppy, folk sound. Their name, JOHNNYSWIM, came about when Amanda’s mother (Donna Summer) found her goldfish dead and before Ms. Summer could retrieve it, Amanda saw it and yelled “He’s ALIVE! – Johnny swim!”. SoCal’s The Mowgli’s are the featured headliners for ETC and they are a band not to miss. Their great harmonies helped bring them a top 15 hit with ‘San Francisco’ in 2013 and their new album, Kids in Love, feature the single, ‘I’m Good’.
Live music isn’t the only thing ETC has to offer. An arts market featuring local crafters and artists will have handmade jewelry, art work, crafts and clothing available for purchase. The Blue Cheese Jam Band school bus will be there and it needs a new paint job and they want YOU to do it. Paint and brushes are provided – just bring your creativity. Alchemy NFK will present a vinyl swap meet – bring your records and see what you can trade them for or just buy some new pieces of vinyl. Five Points Community Market will offer a Fruit and Veggie stand featuring local produce, grab a friend and play some of you favorite lawn games and an array of food trucks will be onsite to fill you up as well as three bars featuring local craft beers.
This is a must for music and life lovers and great fun for the whole family. Grab everything you need to know at Festevents.com