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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 21:35 Updated 14 weeks ago Special to HuntingtonNews.Net
Matt Moore, resident of Westmoreland, describes his experience at past Huntington Music & Arts Festivals. His universal depiction of the experience is comparable to every individual reaction from the entire all-age audience. Moore also volunteers as staff for the festival; many local musicians and lovers of art do. If you see him that day, find him and ask about the specific connotation and etymology of the word, “mossy”, and all of its conjugates and derivatives. You will most likely find that you have been missing out on not having this word in your immediate vocabulary.
After the current article has been read -- perhaps even before -- everyone in the Tri-State and surrounding area reading should go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 28th. That day, at Ritter Park Amphitheater, you will most likely experience much of the same thing as quoted above. And bring the whole family because your kids will love it too!
Many great acts are going to be performing at the 4TH ANNUAL HUNTINGTON MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL. Saturday, September 28th. Gates open 11:30am - 10pm. Tickets are $15 Pre-Sale & $20 Day of Show. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT, although feel free to come as an adult also. A beer vendor will be providing beverages to those of the age 21 and over.
One of the festival’s many acoustic acts expresses that he is also looking forward to the event:
“This will be my first appearance”, Sean Richardson writes to me over Facebook from his resident town of Charleston. “I have been expanding into Huntington with a couple of appearances at Black Sheep and V Club. Regionally, I plan on returning to Columbus and Nashville to perform in those cities.”
It’s true! Many of the bands and artists you will see are successful in their own right as creative people throughout the entire country abroad, but they all have local ties to Huntington and the surrounding area. The complete list of acts will be linked below. Research for a moment any of the acts, and you will immediately see why it is important for you and your family to attend this event!
There will also be more than 25 visual artists. Plus, the BRAND NEW interactive Art Corner with kids' art lessons throughout the day. The acts and exhibitors are hand-picked and booked by local musician, Ian Thornton. The event’s creator and coordinator, he has continued on with the same vision that he initially had had four years ago.
"The Huntington Music & Arts Festival was born out of the need to expose our community to the revitalized music and arts scene here in our city and state”, he writes to me over Facebook. I ask him about his seemingly self-masochistic desire of subjugation to the exorbitant amount of work involved in planning such a huge festival.
“Honestly, at the end of the night I’m almost just happy it’s over (jokingly). I suppose there is a nice feeling of accomplishment after the speakers are loaded and all the trash is picked up. I begin planning for this event 6 - 7 months in advance, so over half of my year is taken up with thoughts [and] planning of the fest. And I take part in basically every facet of the festival from top to bottom. I’m the first one in and the last one out, so it’s a very tiring day. But I love doing it!”
Ian also wrote about his main personal aspiration for starting, coordinating and running HMAF:
“I haven’t personally been to a ton of big festivals, but I’ve had some great times at the ones I have attended. They’re just full of their own energy of community, music, art . . . Once you’re in the festival grounds, that’s the only place you are. And being a part of the Huntington scene for a while, I knew that we had what it took to be able to give something like that to our community,” Ian observes.
Mr. Thornton’s overall sentiments are held also by one of the event’s prominent sponsors, Paul Callicoat of Route 60 Music Company.
“Music makes people better people. Having music in our area makes people better people”, Paul stated to me on his tiered showroom floor at Rt. 60 Music Co. Also a local musician, he claims 7% of the population actually plays music, yet 75% of people desire to play music.
“If 40% of the population played music, the world would be changed for the better. Heck! Rock n’ Roll brought down the Berlin Wall!”
Well, the present author of this present article supposes that Mr. Reagan himself would likely just as well abstain from that argument nowadays, being as most as he is unavailable for comment. Then, as I pondered the vast reaches of music across borders and visual art’s related aesthetics, my gaze turned to a photograph hanging on my wall. The picture was taken right at the Berlin Wall as it stood nearly a quarter of a century ago. The vandalism of graffiti colorfully splotched in no meaningful pattern upon its scorched and bleached concrete. In the foreground sits a solitary figure. Mstislav Rostropovich (1927 - 2007), is known as one of the greatest classical cellists of all time. Who knows what piece of music he is playing? His elder posture denotes austere, simple stoicism in the face of utter chaos.
West Virginia, like all geographical areas, at one time had no borders. Huntington, a city incorporated by the railroad genius we all know and love, at one time was comprised of many communities and neighborhoods that retain their names to this day: Guyandotte, Westmoreland, Lavalette, etc. Communities are comprised of people, solely. People hunger for culture in their lives. If you are a person reading this, won’t you consider the date, Saturday, September 28th.
The final local musician I asked to quote is my brother, Mike Waldeck Jr., of the successfully illustrious band, Qiet [qietmusic.com]. As a group, this act has been able to entropically influence an entire creative base beyond its physical, geographical borders, while maintaining its most wildest roots deep within the heart of our fair area.
“Music is for everyone. It is something we all need,” Waldeck writes via FB. “We need it when we are alone to help us understand who we are. And we need to experience it with other people to connect and understand each other. Music makes a community.” Waldeck is a composer of word and saw-melody. His work is recognized by the Wall Street Journal, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mz3nx7nQ8o&feature=youtu.be. To get his actual quote, however, takes one more quake over the FB fiber optics:
“There are two ways to cross the border without a passport: go to Taco Bell, or play ranchero music really loud while driving a truck [in Ritter Park Amphitheater, Huntington, WV (not literally)].” To say the least, the 4TH ANNUAL HUNTINGTON MUSIC & ARTS FEST 2013 is an experience you will never forget!