Embrace the Culture
Norfolk’s love for all things artsy was well and alive this past weekend at Town Point Park as the Embrace the Culture Festival took residence. Beginning at noon, Sept. 14, the park was filled with Hampton Roads locals exploring the live music, local art, handmade made trinkets and food trucks.
As attendees entered the park they were immediately submerged into a serene energetic atmosphere. Filled with diversity, the festival’s crowd varied in gender, race and age.
The majority of the food venders were located toward the back of park near the smallest stage, C Stage. There festival goers could find local food truck favorites Panavoir and Twisted Sisters Cupcakes in addition to a stand that held festivals favorites like corndogs and beer.
Towards the center of the park, goers could find Kona Ice and a variety of local venders. There ,attendees could purchase vintage t-shirts, handmade wooden earrings, energy stones and bracelets and handmade soap. Also towards the center, festival goers had the opportunity to participate in a silent disco. Listeners were able to jam out the mixes of K-Dinos, Dj OH!BOY, DJ El Capone and DJ Chris Elane through a pair of noise canceling headphones.
At the front of the park, visitors were able to stretch out and enjoy the weather while enjoying the performances on the E Stage.
The indie music and arts festival delivered on its promise of endless music. All afternoon and evening, attendees were able to enjoy live performances from a variety of musical acts as they took the various stages on a rolling schedule.
E Stage and T Stage featured larger bands like Civil Twilight, Good Old War, Delta Spirit and Electric Guest, while the Stage C featured local Tidewater Arts Outreach emerging artists, like Logan Vath & The Vacant, Luke Hartman and Alice Conner.
The Los Angeles based band Electric Guest performed at 6:15 p.m. on E Stage. Fans cheered, danced and sang along with the band as they energetically played many of the crowd’s favorites such “This Head I Hold,” “Holes,” “American Daydream,” and “Troubleman”.
Soon after Electric Guest exited E Stage, festival attendees migrated to the smaller T Stage to enjoy Philadelphia based band Good Old War. The trio wasted no time with introductions and dove right into their set that included songs like “Coney Island,” “Amazing Eyes” and “Loud Love”.
Shortly after, San Diego indie rock group Delta Spirit closed the festival with a performance on E Stage delivering a 90-minute performance for the remaining attendees. The electric set featured songs off their latest self-titled album such as “Tear It Up” and “Calfornia,” as well as other favorites like “Bushwick Blues” and “People C’mon.”
The Embrace the Culture Festival allowed Norfolk to celebrate its love for music, food and community. Those that were in attendance were able to embrace the culture that resides here in Norfolk and the talent that travels cross-country to be here.
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Arts & Entertainment Editor