Still the Days Fest comes to Greensboro
A new festival endeavor looks to gather folks for Still the Days Fest on Aug. 24 at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company, located at 504 State St. in Greensboro.
“Still the Days Fest is an all-day, all-ages musical experience that aims to promote the North Carolina independent music scene,” organizers said.
“Our great state has so many talented musical acts, but our busy daily lives often make it extremely difficult to become aware of, experience, and interact with them,” they added as a motivating factor.
Strangely secretive about Still the Days’ actual board members, the organizers boil down to a group of men “comprised of artists, web developers, dads, accountants, nonprofit professionals and business owners with a shared interest in making live music a priority in this community.”
Twenty bands making a mostly indie-rock mix will be spread across three stages around the brewery compound. “The flexibility of the space at the Gibbs campus plus ample parking in the surrounding area was an element that inspired this first event,” organizers explained of venue selection.
As for the theme of the fest, “think of it as a snapshot of inspiring local and regional artists.”
“We realize that people reminisce about past experiences and things they miss,” the organizers explained of the concept. “The phrase ‘still the days’ originates from hearing people talk about their heyday of going to shows back in the day and discovering new music.”
Organizers hope to tap into some idea of glory days and support they see lacking. They express a “passion to make live music a priority in this city in the way it was in days passed.” Nostalgia is an interesting concept to bank-on given this is the first endeavor for the group.
“A few of us were chatting in late spring about putting together an event that aimed to promote the North Carolina independent music scene,” the organizers explained of how they got together. “We’ve noticed that the scarcity of consistent music venues in this city creates challenges for both music fans and artists in this community.”
The product is an all-day festival strategically scheduled with the back-to-school season.
“We’re excited for the Greensboro community to come together for one day to celebrate the end of summer through music.”
The group is heavy on logistics–scheduled 30-minute sets being a highlight they’re stressing for the festival they consider a “valiant effort.”
“We wanted to curate a multi-stage music experience so that attendees could take in a large selection of musical entertainment in one day-long event,” they explained. “Each artist will be playing a 30-minute set, and the schedule is arranged so that live music will occur continuously all day long across three stages.”
Inclusion is stressed, though their approach seems to be focused on top-down, crowd-funded bootstrapping fueled by an all-day brewery show with food trucks.
“We have the passion and determination to take matters into our own hands and start trying to shape this city into the artistic, innovative and inclusive place we all know it can be,” they said. “One note at a time.”
And on that note, bands, of course, remain at the center. “We’re excited to have a variety of artists taking part in our event and are grateful to have so many talented music acts in our state,” organizers said. “The response from local and regional artists wanting to take part in this type of unique event has been amazing.”
Making their way from the Triangle are John Howie and the Rosewood Bluff, Horizontal Hold, Night Battles, Se Ward, Toothsome, and Youth League. Speak N’ Eye, and Haliday brings the Winston-Salem connection.
Greensboro acts sprinkled throughout the schedule include Basement Life, Clay Howard and The Silver Alerts, Harrison Ford Mustang, Limn, Old Heavy Hands, Quilla, Saucer, Suzanne and The Painful Smiles, Young Andrew, and a special solo-set from Jerrod Smith of Instant Regrets.
The day kicks off with new Greensboro trio, Distant Future and will close with Tide Eyes.
The festival presents itself as an oasis in a scene starved for outlets. “If you build it, they will come,” as the saying goes. And being that a notable chunk of crowd-funding source came from members of bands playing, demonstrates a popular response amongst their fold, one which highlights the need for musical spaces in Greensboro.
And with their help, Still the Days Fest looks to make a morsel to savor.
Katei Cranford is a Triad music nerd who hosts the Tuesday Tour Report, a radio show that runs like a mixtape of bands touring NC, 5:30-7pm on WUAG 103.1fm.
Make moves to Still the Days Fest, starting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24, at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company in Greensboro.