By Matt Wickstrom
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Grammy nominated Rebirth Brass Band, Dayton, Oh. jam-rockers The Werks and Chicago progressive jazz-rockers Marbin will ascend on the rolling hills of Jones Fields Nature Preserve outside Louisville for the third annual PeteFest Music Festival from Sept. 6-8.
A varied assortment of local and regional artists round out the lineup led by Wisconsin’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Columbus, Ohio’s Mojoflo and Cincinnati’ The Tillers. Rounding out the lineup are Joan Shelley, Vessel, Restless Leg String Band, GRLwood, Bendigo Fletcher, The Local Honeys, Electric Garden, Zach Longoria Project, Driftwood Gypsy, Mama Said String Band, Big Atomic, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Bridge 19, Joann + The Dakota, Brent Mathis, Brother Wolves, Ocifer, Nick Penn, Anemic Royalty, Madison Lewis and Between the Lines.
A signature event in the first two iterations of PeteFest has been its recreation of classic albums of yesteryear with collaborations among festival performers. This year’s gathering will be no exception with Louisville’s own Zu Zu Ya Ya presenting Dr. John’s 1968 debut album Gris Gris.
Additionally, Saturday night will feature an electrifying silent disco between the trees and lights in the wooded cove at the Sanctuary Stage for a late night of dancing and partying.
The announcement was first made at an in-person party on April 20 at Mile Wide Beer Co. in Louisville. The event featured a short set of music from Ocifer followed by the lineup announcement and the Louisville Silent Disco.
In addition to three full days of live music, PeteFest features food trucks, unique craft vendors and boutiques, live muralists, performances by CirqueLouis, wellness booths, cash bars, craft beer from Mile Wide Brewing Co; morning yoga, guided meditation, pop-up games, free face painting, and unlimited advocacy and educational opportunities.
PeteFest kicked off as a local grassroots festival in 2017 by the family of Pete Jones, a young Louisville man who took his life at the age of 23. The intent behind the festival was to advocate for mental health and raise awareness about The Pete Foundation, a non-profit established in his name with the mission of rallying communities to champion youth mental health and wellness.
The Pete Foundation will offer an optional, free suicide intervention workshop for guests on Sunday morning prior to the opening of music and other activities. The 90-minute, “QPR”, or Question, Persuade, Refer, training is evidence-based and designed to educate individuals on how to detect suicidal thoughts and how to save a life from suicide in an emergency situation. More information about the workshop can be found at thepetefoundation.org/qpr-workshop.
For more information on PeteFest visit PeteFest.com.
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