I’m sure there were plenty of doubters and haters when Jeremy Weiss and Rick Gadd decided to initiate LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival five years ago. Today kicks off the fifth annual. So much for doubters and haters. I plunked down $60 for a VIP pass so I can access all areas, every show and every conference. Can I do it all? No. Am I gonna try? Yes. It’s one hell of a bargain for that much creativity.
I love how alive downtown feels during LAUNCH. I love the streets being filled with interesting, exhilarating, curious people. I love showing off the town to visitors, especially first-timers. They think Lancaster is barns and dirt roads. I take them for crepes and craft beer and it settles them right out.
LAUNCH is easier to navigate than ever. You can download a free app to make a schedule and connect with friends. There are print guides in dozens of merchants around town. Plus, besides the LAUNCH and Gigspots websites, you can access info via MOOSE and FigLancaster.com. If you can find the town square (follow the music) and the two tallest buildings in town, you will have found the epicenter of LAUNCH at Lancaster County Convention Center.
If you would like personal navigation advice, a place to have a snack and recharge your devices and self, wander up to the 300 block of N. Queen St and visit The Candy Factory. Those fine folks, Jason Mundock of Wood Stove House and I will be co-hosting a Launch Lounge for musicians and the like. We’d love to welcome you to town, pour you a cup of coffee and invite you to help us create a sound and visual collage of this year’s LAUNCH weekend. Follow The Candy Factory or GigspotsSam on Twitter for special updates. Seizure later!