The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival – Music on the Barge & Kid Zone performers

This August long weekend (August 3-5) is practically here and Gravenhurst, ON is the place to be. Of course, I’m speaking of the 2nd annual Sawdust City Music Festival. In an effort to showcase some of the great talent taking part in the festival, we have been doing a series of interviews throughout the past weeks. Today, let’s focus on the performers that will be playing at Gull Lake Rotary Park for Music on the Barge and Kids Zone!

Where: Gull Lake Rotary Park
Free

Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Answers from Mark Marczyk

Is this your first time playing the Sawdust City Music Festival?

Yes!

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform from the festival line up?

I get excited to see what our guys and girls will do every show. plus the audience is always a wild card. Can’t wait.

What excites you about being part of a music festival?

Mostly the fact that at a music festival everyone has come because they love music and they want to have a good time so you can’t lose. As opposed to, say, impromptu airplane performances or traffic-stopping parades, where there are bound to be poo-poo-ers. But we kinda like the poo-poo-ers, too, so it’s all good. Express yourself!

How would you say playing a festival differs from a solo show?

More people, more energy, bigger sound, quicker turnover, more potential for things to go wrong = more exciting.

What are some things you think make this specific music festival great?

GRAVENHURST!

If you were to headline a festival and create your own lineup, who would you choose?

A Tribe Called Red, Dakha Brakha, Yemen Blues, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Kendrick Lamar…

If you could pick a place to have your own music festival, where would it be and why?

Tbilisi, Georgia. It is just heaven.

Explain your performance in five words or less.

guerrilla-folk-party-punk-chaos

Are there any other major dates or festivals you would like to mention for upcoming shows?

We have a 12 date US tour coming in September including dates in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and more. The tour is in support of Six Degrees Records releasing our latest album If I Had The Strength worldwide next month.

The O’Pears – Answers from Meg Contini

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform from the festival line up?

The Good Lovelies and Royal Wood have been great friends and musical mentors to us over the years, it’s always an honour to hear them, and we can’t wait for Rose Cousins to make us laugh and cry all at the same time! Also, our own Lydia Persaud will be sharing her incredible songwriting on Saturday, so be sure to check her out. You just might catch one of us singing some songs with Royal Wood on Friday too, so if you aren’t staying for the whole weekend, we think you should!

How would you say playing a festival differs from a solo show?

At a festival, we get to hang out and play music with so many other musicians who we love and admire – we always leave festivals feeling inspired, creative, and more connected to our musical community across Canada and around the world.

What are some things you think make this specific music festival great?

We love how many great female and Canadian musicians are on the Sawdust City roster! Along with experiencing music in this beautiful place – it’s an unforgettable experience for audience members and musicians alike!

Explain your performance in five words or less.

Bold, intimate, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, harmony.

Are there any other major dates or festivals you would like to mention for upcoming shows?

You can catch us at Wolfe Island Folk Festival on August 11th.

Photo Credit: Mischa Bartkow

Vikki VanSickle

When: Sunday, August 5, 2018
Where: Kids Zone @ Gull Lake Rotary Park

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform from the festival line up?

I’ve always been a fan of Rose Cousins and for whatever reason have yet to see her live! I’m really looking forward to her performance.

What excites you about being part of the festival?

This festival was born of Miranda Mulholland’s passion for music, community, and her family history in Gravenhurst. I think what she is building is very community-centric, affordable, and unique. It’s exciting to be part of something that is both a labour of love and a gift to the community.

What are some things you think make this specific festival great?

I really like the boutique feel of the festival. There are so many different venue types all within walking distance, so you can really explore the city of Gravenhurst and build your own festival experience.

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