934 Fest is happening this weekend, September 9th-11th and it has me all kinds of excited. I made a playlist primer for anyone needing to hear these artists before attending. Top to bottom, this fest offers quality acts that cover a wide array of genres, all built from a home stable of musicians. Back for its seventh year, 934 Fest will be there to bring the visual and musical arts to the fore this weekend. This is an easy way to get a heavy dose of (mostly) Columbus music. The event is free. Seeing all of these artists otherwise would take a good deal of time.
Friday evening has a great line up & one of 934’s few out of towners, Dave Zup. His music is fun, above all else. He makes great hip hop. Don’t try to wear his hat. The evening is closed out by Cellar Dwellar. Their music often sounds patient and cinematic, especially on the track “… Dweller On The Threshold”. The guitars are clean and there is just enough echo on the vocals to sound like they are recorded in a big, lonely room. They should be great on what is to be a warm summer evening.
Saturday has some fantastic evening acts but the day time is nothing to sleep on. There are two stages. Astrobats make a brief descent from outer space. The act features veteran Columbus musicians in their first live performance as Astrobats. Nova is pulling up with the inimitable J Rawls. Jordige has a strong set of releases in his trio of Capricorn Couplets. Those are sure to be a treat to hear live. Malcolm Westmoor will be out, dropping high level raps, followed shortly there after by OG Vern. I’ve caught him a few time this summer and his performances keep getting better. These are just a few of the can’t miss acts during the day. The evening sees Big Fat Head are out to support their latest release, the Villain Pop EP. Trek Manifest is bringing his full band. Devin Summers is sure to rip up his new single Paranormal just before giving up the stage to Damn The Witch Siren to close out the night.
Sunday features a slate of DJs curated by Verge.FM, a local online radio and co-hosts of Limit Break. I’ve managed to catch Blessed Up Gang & Sonicc Blush around town. Their selection of jams and atmosphere of inclusivity are top notch. An afternoon at a festival offers a good way to see these DJs where the focus will be on their song selection.
The weekend is also a feature of local artists LaShae Boyd and Lynda McClanahan. The fest serves as the September gallery opening. Saturday, Sept 10 has an interactive kids area, vendors by Punk Rock Pawn Shop, comedy, spoken word, performance art, the Digital Garage, surprise and delights, and more. Lunch features Dos Hermanos and Dinner is done by Street Thyme. There are an array of features muralists that will be nice unveiling their latest works.
Pull up. Volunteer. Eat some food. Above all else, see some live music!