WINDSOR, Vt. -- Organizers of an eight-hour music festival on Saturday said that their downtown Windsor event will showcase people pursuing their creative passions -- through music, food, artisan crafts or simply starting a festival.
From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Windsor Farmers’ Exchange, a community events venue located across the tracks from Windsor Station restaurant, will hold the What Doth Life DIY Music Festival, featuring an eclectic mix of homegrown bands and vendors from the region. Eleven bands are scheduled to play, with each set averaging between 30-45 minutes: The Pilgrims, Chodus Derek and the Demons, Faux in Love, Carton, Dune Hunter, the Law Abiders, Death Pesos, the Jobz, Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage.
“Many of the performing bands are friends and people we’ve played with in the past,” said Brendan Dangelo, one of the festival organizers. “They are all based in the area and typically play original music, comprised of musicians who play music as an outlet for their creativity.”
The organizers dubbed the event a DIY, or Do it Yourself festival to emphasize the creative spirit and process which brought this festival to fruition.
“The DIY speaks to the mentality of all these bands trying to follow their passion, recording their own music, booking and promoting their shows,” Dangelo said. “As well as to a bunch of people who decided to put together a music festival.”
At least sixteen vendors and local sponsors are participating in the event. Epic food truck, the Abracadabra Coffee Company, Dumps-a-Go-Go and Short & Sweet will provide food, beverages and sweets. Other vendors will include Anastasia’s Closet, a mobile vintage clothing shop; Crystal Witch, a retailer of locally made bath and beauty supplies; and several independent record labels.
Dangelo said that the organizers first approached the idea of a music festival in early spring this year, though their vision at that time was only for five or six bands and an evening-only duration. As summer progressed more people heard about the plan and wanted to join.
“We actually had to say no to people asking to play,” Dangelo said. “Hopefully next year we will do an even longer event, or maybe schedule the bands who didn’t get to play this year instead.”
There is no admission charge to attend the show, though guests are invited to contribute a donation. Dangelo said the festival’s intent is not to make money. The Farmer’s Exchange accepts donations to fund future offerings, which include live concerts, theatrical performances, classic and arthouse films and Wotown, a monthly Motown dance party conceived by Dangelo’s managerial partner Christopher Goulet.
The Farmer’s Exchange is in its second year of management under Dangelo and Goulet. The venue co-owner Bob Haight, Windsor’s town planner, conceived the Exchange as an events venue to compliment the downtown revitalization effort.
The Windsor Farmer’s Exchange operates seasonally from spring to mid-fall, or whenever the temperature inside the building becomes too cold for comfort, Dangelo said.
Two events are still scheduled in October: an afterparty for the town’s Autumn Moon Festival on October 5 and one final film night.
“I expect the season will close around mid or late October,” Dangelo said.