It may perhaps have a new identify and be at a new site, but the experience and tunes of the Riverside Songs Competition at Riverside Inn are becoming revived in a totally free two-day function starting off these days.
The Lodge New music Festival kicks off currently at the Hotel Conneaut, that includes additional than 30 musical functions throughout three stages. In accordance to organizer Justin Moyar, who owns Justin Moyar Events, the pageant marks a return of the Riverside Audio Festival in spirit.
“This is a reset,” Moyar explained of the new pageant in comparison to the outdated 1.
The Riverside Music Festival was held every year for 7 decades at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs until eventually it burned down on Could 2, 2017. Though a festival was held in 2018 — referred to as the Cambridge Springs Tunes Competition — it was spread out throughout many spots, instead than centralized in 1 building.
Immediately after that, the strategy of the festival went into a thing of a hiatus.
“I took a split for a number of yrs mainly because that’s a challenging point to replicate,” Moyar mentioned.
The pageant came again final 12 months, but was held at the Riverside Brewing Organization, lacking the multistage set-up it the moment had at the resort.
Although Moyar was knowledgeable of the Resort Conneaut, which has a similarly storied background as the Riverside Hotel, he had heard issues about possession of the resort and wished to wait “until the dust settled.”
That settling seems to have at last occurred. Moyar said he got in make contact with with officials very last 12 months, and they were being very enthusiastic to have the festival introduced to the Lodge Conneaut at Conneaut Lake Park.
“I stated, ‘Hey, I assume I would like to bring this right here,’ and they have been very open to it,” Moyar explained.
So it was that the Lodge New music Festival was born. Comparable to the Riverside Audio Competition it follows, it will characteristic many of the similar genres of tunes, a few stages of performers, and the opportunity for people to keep impromptu jam periods.
“It’s pretty roots-centered,” Moyar reported of the music genre the competition functions. “Folks, blues, bluegrass, rock and region are just some of the models that we attempt to incorporate in the fest, and sometimes it gets funky in there much too.”
Veterans of the Riverside Music Competition may well see some repeating functions. PA Line is one these band integrated in the competition that Moyar stated was specifically requested from fans.
There’s also new functions undertaking as very well, such as Wild Honey Collective. Dependent out of Lansing, Michigan, the band performed at the 2021 Riverside Music Competition.
For Tommy McCord, who plays guitar and mandolin as nicely as sings in the band, the festival is a chance to draw a much larger group by combining the fandoms of a number of musical functions.
“It’s a wonderful prospect to conduct for a broader audience,” he reported.
An celebration organizer himself, McCord mentioned activities like the Hotel Songs Competition are extremely significant to area communities.
Plus, to be section of reviving a popular pageant is a specific event for Wild Honey Collective.
“I’m honored, honestly, we’re getting to be section of it in its re-inaugural year,” he reported.
Band Fred Oakman and the Flood, in the meantime, are a returning act from the Riverside Tunes Competition. Based out of Meadville, the team had carried out at the competition for several a long time, and its absence was undoubtedly discovered by the band.
“I believe most people sort of skipped it,” Oakman reported. “It was a person of those situations you could become reliant on.”
Oakman said many bands in Crawford County are near to a person an additional, and the festival delivered a possibility for these nearby musicians to assist their close friends and see them carry out. Such an prospect was dropped for the duration of the festival’s hiatus, anything Oakman explained was “weird” to experience.
Moreover, the inclusion of bands from out of city can improve appreciation of Crawford County acts in the look at of the public by obtaining them complete side-by-facet.
“Just since we’re from Meadville and we’re executing every thing in your yard doesn’t signify we’re any fewer important than another person from Buffalo or New York,” he reported.
Colton Randall, of the choice rock and pop band Hannah, stated gatherings like the Hotel Audio Competition are an significant opportunity for regional bands to get their name out there. Hannah is dependent out of Jamestown, with the band’s 4-member lineup residing in different places in northwestern Pennsylvania.
“I’m actually enthusiastic to not only meet some of the musicians we now know from the new music scene, and also new men and women we have not gotten the likelihood to fulfill but,” Randall explained.
Maybe a single of the greatest parts of the pageant is its price tag: absolutely nothing. Admission is offered totally free of price tag, many thanks to the event’s sponsors like the Crawford County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and Lavender Blue at the Lake.
“That’s a mission, and that’s the all round mission of the pageant to me,” Moyar said. “I want to make confident all people can appear.”
The pageant will be accepting donations, advised at $5, but these are optional.
Foodstuff and drinks will be made available for a price, served by Hotel Conneaut staff. Moyar said the foods guarantee attendees can enjoy the complete day at the pageant with no possessing to go away to try to eat.
Numerous sellers will have booths set up all through the pageant, this kind of as Eileen Green Farms and Through the Facet Doorway.
Talking to The Meadville Tribune on Wednesday, Moyar experienced difficulties expressing his feelings at the prospect of the upcoming pageant.
“You know, I don’t seriously know how to truly feel ideal now,” he said. “Holding my breath. I don’t know what to believe.”
Continue to, he is hopeful items go very well so the Resort Songs Pageant can develop into an yearly prevalence, just like the event it is replacing.
“I truly experience like this is a new home for the pageant, and the personnel and the local community have been extremely welcoming,” he mentioned.
The Resort Audio Competition kicks off nowadays and operates through Saturday. The to start with functions start doing these days at 4:15 p.m.
Schedule of gatherings
Crystal Main Stage
Lights and Letters — 6 p.m.
Wild Honey Collective — 7:30
Greg Garing — 9
Flagship Hall Phase
Elle Taylor Band — 5:30 p.m.
Fred Oakman and the Flood — 7
Buttermilk Falls Gang — 8:30
“Sweet Lou” Open Jam — 11
Ethan Foulk — 4:15 p.m.
Ron Yarman — 5:15
Chad Burrows — 6:15
Jack Stevenson — 7:15
Optimistic Apocalypse — 8:15
Frank Marzano — 9:15
The Islers — 10:15
Crystal Major Stage
Shoefly Soul Brunch Blues — 12:30 p.m.
Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey — 2
David Dim — 3:30
Clever Norman — 5
Hannah — 6:30
Shelf Everyday living String Band — 8
PA Line — 9:30
Flagship Corridor Stage
Mary Lou Schuler — noon
Hultman and Schwartz — 1 p.m.
Alexa Raye — 2:30
Sean Clarke and Close friends — 4
Dwelling of Rhythm — 5:30
Sunday at the Station — 7
Salmon Frank — 8:30
“Sweet Lou” Open up Jam — 11:30
Jerry Gaff — 4:15 p.m.
Rachel Jaye — 5:15
Tommy Connection — 6:15
Brian Alan Hager — 7:15
Chloe Kiser — 8:15
Jared Cooney — 9:15
Stormalong Scoundrels — 10:15