Festivals like Revive help bands grow fanbase
(Article by TribToday.com, 2014)
For music fans, the lure of festivals is a chance to listen to a lot of different acts in one location.
For the performers, it’s a chance to turn those new listeners into fans.
Organized by jam band Jones for Revival, the Revive Music & Arts Festival will feature about 15 acts performing Saturday and into the wee hours of Sunday morning on indoor and outdoor stages at B&O Station in downtown Youngstown.
"Festivals like Revive Music & Arts Festival and VexFest have been huge for turning new people on to 5 Elements," according to Jim Logan, vocalist for the rock / reggae act. "The all ages aspect brings tons of younger kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a bar show to the event, as well as fans of other groups who maybe haven’t heard of us."
5 Elements - Tony Parent, drums; Josh Warnock, vocals and guitar; Nick Barbush, vocals and percussion; Kevin Gallite, bass; Dan Newsome, lead guitar; and Logan - is about half way through writing songs for its next album and hopes to record next winter.
For Mike Andrecic, lead guitarist and percussionist with the post-punk / indie act the Automatons, playing festivals like the Revive keep Youngstown’s spirit of live music vibrant and, most importantly, is a great way to bring live and local talent to the public.
"I would say a festival like this is more important for supporting the local scene," Andrecic said. "The recent downtown renaissance seems to have little room for local live music."
The Automatons - Sam Malaska, bass, vocals and samples, Kyle Donahue guitar, vocals and keys; Fiona Donahue, guitar, vocals and keys: Jake Sabeh, drums and vocals; and Andrecic - has about 4-5 songs in raw form it is working on.
Lee Boyle of indie pop act Third Class, which will play an acoustic set at Revive, agreed that festivals are important for audience broadening.
"For such a small city, there are lots of scenes to be tapped into," he said. "I feel happy to be a part of the festival. We haven’t worked with these musicians for years, so it’s nice to get back with them. Though I prefer the full band’s energy, booking solo sets affords more gigs. We’ve turned down so many local offers because of touring or proximity to other shows. It’s nice to catch up. My slot is starting at 4 p.m., and it’s refreshing to play an early set. Furthermore, B & O brings in a good group of people, no matter what event it hosts. As with any Third Class performance, I hope to engage people and help them through their day with our music. One never knows what difference might be made."
Third Class - Boyle, lead vocals, keyboards and 2-string guitar; Pepe Parish, bass, drums and vocals; and Jack Boyle, drums, bass and vocals - currently is mastering a new album recorded at Ampreon Recorder and Historian Recording Co., both in Youngstown.
Shiloh Hawkins and Paul Hill of Blue Through Branches will be performing an acoustic set at the Revive, and they are looking forward to being listeners as well as performers.
"This area is filled with such talent and we are looking forward to both making music and listening to good music throughout the day," Hawkins said.
Bands will perform from 1 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. and DJs will continue on the inside stage until 4 a.m.
The lineup features Jones For Revival , Hoss & The Juggernauts, 5 Elements, Third Class, Winslow, LethalFX, The Automatons, LUDO, GRAVITY, Jackie Popovec, DJ Addison, Shiloh Hawkins, Baker, Infini-Tribe, Universal Pulse and Tha Yogert
Revive also will feature the work of artists Vincent Michael Krivda, Anadono, Eric Alleman, Kareemah Johnson Art, Christina Salata and Kristie Gearhart.