On Saturday, October 26, Localpalozza 2013was in full swing at Virginia Beach’s amusement park, Motorworld. From 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. the Halloween themed music and arts festival showcased local music artists and vendors. Upon arrival , guests were greeted to the sight of a dancing banana and dancing ice cream and the sounds of Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.
Local bands like The Great Dismal, Dirty Steve, Conquering Rome and Sean Peterson Project, provided attendees with a diverse soundtrack throughout the festival. Among the memorable performances was Yell Rell, a young hip-hop artist from Chesapeake. Immediately, the crowd grew excited as Yell Rell took the Virginia List Stage, and hyped the crowd up with his infectious personality. Lady Liberty and an all-male dance crew joined Young Rell on stage, adding to the energetic performance as he performed hits like “Losin’ Their Mind”, “On Point”, and “B Ball Money”.
When enjoying the indie artists around them, guests were free to roam the festival grounds and chat amongst vendors that sold paintings, festival shirts, longboards, wine painted tiki torches and handmade jewelry. Vendors like Markus Fussell’s Spray Paint Art, Morphed, Kill Devil Skates, Funky Town Art Company and Stephanie Ann Gianna LiPuma were in attendance. Most of these artists had spent years managing their crafts and engaged in activities such as art galleries and customized purchase dealings.
Also in attendance was festival co-sponsors WODU Studios who promoted the event throughout this month and conducted interviews with some of the local talent.
. “…This just put me in a good mood for the rest of the day,” said Monique Bryant, a WODU Studios member.
Haja Marie Kabba