I first met Mike Males and the MyRuralRadio.com crew last October at their FallFest at Naylor Winery in southern York County. I can’t say enough about their dedication to promoting indie artists! If you haven’t yet checked out their website, you are missing out on a wide array of very talented musicians from all genres. I’m thrilled to help promote this festival, the first of its kind in York Co. -Sam
Indie Concerts & Island Campfires at Genesis Fest;
First Annual Features Bands from Noon to Midnight
For many music enthusiasts, getting the chance to hear 12 hours of live music, cook over a campfire, and camp on an island, the Genesis Fest is a made-to-order dream. MyRuralRadio.com’s First Annual Genesis Fest—an exciting mix of live bands and solo artists—will take place on Saturday, June 2, next to Halloween Park on a private island located on Conewago Creek. Organizer Mike Males expects a crowd of about 500, based on past festivals. Mike assembled the vibrant, eclectic lineup of regional bands from MyRuralRadio’s list of recording artists.
Featured bands include The Lone Wolf Project, Lost Companion, Dr. Slothclaw, J.D. Sage and the Dagnabbits, American Hollar, High Point Ramblers, Darry Miller and the Veil, The Plums and Walt Kreider and the Old Time Way. As for the music styles, festival founder Mike Males refuses to be pinned down. “You can’t really pigeonhole this group of musicians,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to try because they each have their own sound.” According to some of the bands’ myspace pages, they run the gamut from bluesy, southern rock/country and experimental to funk R&B fusion and acoustic Americana and bluegrass. Most come under the heading of rural, in keeping with the Internet radio station.
Mike comments, “We are very excited about the Genesis Fest. It is our first festival with overnight camping, and the lineup is stellar. We hand-selected the artists with the festival atmosphere in mind. The Plums are new to our lineup, and Walt Kreider, well…can anyone say ‘Legend’?” According to Mike, all of the bands are indie, unsigned performers who are touring show bands from our region.
Mike adds, “The festival will be epic; the property is the perfect place to hold such an event because of the indoor and outdoor stage areas, not to mention the private island where our overnight campers get to stay.” Located between York and Harrisburg, the site is technically in York Haven, just south of Newberrytown. The Genesis Fest runs with continuous music from noon until midnight; part of the proceeds go to three nonprofit causes.* Tent camping is welcome (sorry, no camper vehicles), and those staying overnight will be allowed to stay until 5 pm on Sunday. Nine bands are slated to appear, with possibly more joining in as the fest gets closer.
Tickets are $15 for a day pass and $25 for the day pass plus overnight camping. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold, but attendees can bring their own food and drinks, including wine or beer. For more information, check www.myruralradio.com/genesis.asp; for tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/event/3387172123. Attendees with a valid Pennsylvania fishing permit will be allowed to fish from the island.
About myRuralRadio.com: With over 70,000 listeners worldwide, the station was launched by Mike Males in 2009 “so that great music that didn’t have record company or label backing could be heard by a broader audience.” Using today’s modern technology and social networking and good old fashioned referral, the station has grown to the point where they get hundreds of submissions from musicians per week. Mike explains, “My vision is to keep doing it, have the audience grow, and change the world one song at a time.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb6Qdhfeiac
About Mike: MyRuralRadio’s Station Director, web designer Michael Males, who also leads the American Hollar band (www.americanhollar.com), is immersed in the regional music scene as a musician, songwriter, station master and promoter. Mike has organized 6 festivals so far. His Fall Fest, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, has raised over $4,000 for the charity to date. Proceeds from the Genesis Fest support three causes:
*1. repairs to Halloween Park, which suffered flood damage last summer not covered by insurance
2. operating expenses for myruralradio.com
3. the proposed 4th Fall Fest in support of the Children’s Miracle Network, slated for October 27, 2012
Michael S. Males
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