Otherfest offers intimate appeal
by Haley Ferretti
Sep 19, 2013 | 2654 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you like live music, camping, and burgers, then the eighth annual Otherfest, a live music festival, is exactly where you want to be Saturday at the festival grounds on Highway 61 N just outside of the Cleveland city limit.

Otherfest will feature original, independent music from 18 local and regional artists who offer a mixture of musical genres ranging from singer-songwriter, folk, blues, rock, pop, punk, and jazz-fusion.

The festival is being headlined by The Delta Saints, a New Orleans-esque rock and blues band based out of Louisiana, and Quiet Company, an indie band hailing from Texas that rocks out with a melodica and a red trombone. The lineup also features many Cleveland-based artists including A Scarlet Empire, Adam Faucett, Argiflex, Dandy and the Lions, The Fides, and Will Griffith.

Brandon Smith, who will be managing sound for the musicians at the event, explained that Otherfest has a special appeal.

“It’s a really intimate festival,” said Smith. “It’s not like other festivals where you just listen and leave. It gives you a chance to see and listen to musicians who are great performers and may have a good following, but their music is not always readily available to people around here.”

This is the first year that the festival will be held at its new address, moving from its previous home in Rosedale at River Resort and will include free camping as well as food, beverages, and art vending.

“Another change is that we’re being sponsored by Abita this year, which is pretty cool,” said Smith. “They’re providing a ‘beer garden,’ which is where you can buy many different selections of beer.”

Even though there have been a few changes to Otherfest over the years, it has become a mainstay within the community and is an event that people look forward to every year, as proven by the countless Facebook posts expressing excitement for the festival even months in advance.

“I have so many great memories from past Otherfests and I think it’s those experiences that keep people coming back. You feel like you’re somewhere else. It’s just such a good time to be able to connect with your friends and good music. It’s uplifting—an escape, even.”

While referring to the future of Otherfest, Smith noted that he would like to see more community outreach so that local talent can continue to prosper.

“There are so many talented people in this area and the whole reason for Otherfest is to bring those people together. It’s Otherfest so it’s going to give you a taste of stuff that isn’t normally here, but it does stay true to the Delta and the blues influence.”

Gates will open to the public at noon and will include a $15 admission per person.

Otherfest T-shirts and band merchandise will be available for purchase, but there is no ATM on the festival grounds so those who plan to attend are encouraged to plan ahead.

More information on Otherfest and the official lineup can be found on the Keep Cleveland Boring Website.