Springsfest: Put a Spring in Your Step at Springsfest
Based in Yellow Springs, OH, Springsfest has the latest in indie rock and folk in their music line up, including national acts such as Twin Peaks, Caamp, and Guided by Voices. The grounds are spacious and geared toward exceptional music, great beer, and an energetic atmosphere.
“We like to rock and most certainly like to roll,” a self-proclaimed statement by the newest in indie-rock, Twin Peaks, playing the festival before setting off on their late summer tour. From Chicago, IL, the band formed when the boys were all in high school, their adolescent claim to fame being a 10-day suspension with another musical artist, a young Chance the Rapper. Twin Peaks formed in 2010 and have released 4 studio albums, one live album, and 5 singles all in the past 5 years--they’re constantly playing shows and making music videos all for the love of rock’n’roll. Their music is heavily inspired by garage rock groups such as Ty Segall, The Strokes, and Black Lips along with rock legends the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones.
Making a trip back to their home state, Guided by Voices is the most experienced act in the line-up by far, having released 28 albums since their formation in 1983. The group has made an impact on the indie-rock community for decades. When announcing what would be their final tour in 2004, 10 US cities proclaimed their own “Guided by Voices Day,” one of them being Newport, KY which claimed October 22. Influenced by post-British invasion rock and post-punk, GBV shows are notoriously jam-packed with songs from their entire discography, bringing back old favorites such as “Glad Girls,” “Teenage FBI,” and “Royal Cyclopean.”
Self-proclaimed “doo-wop garage” group based in Brooklyn, The Teen Age combine grit and melody, taking inspiration from 70s punk. Since 2012, they’ve played with acts like The Wytches, The Crocodiles, and Twin Peaks and have made 3 albums and 1 Ep since 2013. They're pioneering the future of indie rock, combining and experimenting with different genres and eras of music into a rock’n’roll that is electric and harmonious.
Power duo Caamp is a true Ohio band. Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier have been writing songs since 2012 and have been performing with Matt Vinson for three years. A new but authentic band that has have been selling out shows and previewing for Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Caamp is bringing their audience back to folk-Americana. Taylor’s lead vocals are honest and low, accompanied with banjo and guitar, the audience is brought back to Ohio’s folkroots.
Adam Remnant is a refreshing new face in the folk-rock scene, his latest EP When I Was a Boy has brought attention to the Ohio based artist. Former lead of folk group Southeast Engine, Remnant and his bandmates had gained popularity since 2013 by publications such as The AV Club and NPR. Near the end of Southeast Engine, the lead started his solo career, focusing on his own artistic journey and perspective. The When I was a Boy EP is a look back on his early childhood through the eyes of an adult and his own music career taking a turn for the indie rock and folk genre.
Springsfest is a laid-back festival atmosphere with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a beer on tap from Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing Brewing Company, or MadTree Brewing Company. Wicked Which of Dayton, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, and Krack Ups will also be there for good eats and this year will also be the first to have Springsfest Art Market, showcasing artists and craftsmen from all over the state. This festival is kid-friendly, beer-friendly, and with countless musical acts playing well into the night you’ll surely have a night to remember.
TL;DR When: July 7, 12 PM-10:30 PM Where: Yellow Springs, OH Tickets: Early Bird Passes $45 until sold out