By Anna-Marie Menhenott
FORT PIERCE -- With such natural beauty encompassing the Treasure Coast, it's not surprising that a festival is being planned to not only celebrate Earth but to enjoy local music and art.
The inaugural Bonafide Bangarang Music and Arts Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 20 at Riverwalk Center in Fort Pierce, will feature live music, children's activities including bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, a farmers' market, handcrafted goods, food and beverage vendors, and representatives from eco-conscious organizations.
The celebration, which is being put together by Above Average Entertainment, is on a mission to host a major festival each April to promote environmental protection, conservation of natural resources and sustainable living.
"I've attended Earthday Birthday in Orlando in the past and thought it would be a great idea to do something like that on the local level," said Kevin Vanover, owner of Above Average Entertainment. "With the revitalization of downtown Fort Pierce, having a festival that celebrates the Earth and local music and the arts was fitting."
A huge portion of the event will focus on local music. Bands will rock two stages throughout the event, keeping festival-goers entertained. Bands such as Gravel Kings, Gargantua Tarantula, Rustico Drop, Break the Hero, The Ohana Band, and Flint Band, among others, will perform on the Homegrown Local Stage.
Spred The Dub, Army Gideon, Jahnopa, Fireside Prophets and Stop The Presses are some of the bands that will perform on the Florida Ska Stage. Music starts at 10 a.m. and will be rocking throughout the day. There will also be an air-conditioned tent with live deejays mixing music all day.
"There's going to be lots of music by bands that many locals of heard of and there will also be some new music introduced to them. There will be reggae, rock, surf rock and folk music. I think there will be something for everyone to enjoy," Mr. Vanover said.
Before festivities begin on April 20, participants can do their part to help the environment by participating in Bruiser Fest Beach Clean-Up No. 10 scheduled for 7a.m. Those who would like to help with the beach clean-up can meet in the Archie's parking lot on South Beach in Fort Pierce and will walk across the street to clean up towards the South Jetty.
Families, friends, children and grandparents are invited to help clean beaches for an hour. Garbage bags and pokers will be provided, and trash will be taken away when the clean-up is over. Bruiser Fest has collected more than 2,000 pounds of trash since its inception.
Above Average Entertainment is donating some of the profits of the festival to South Florida Roller Girls to help fund their trip to national competition in New Orleans later this summer.
Guests are reminded that entrance is free and to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a great day of music. Also, no coolers are allowed at Riverwalk Center.
There will be two after-parties for festival-goers who don't want to finish celebrating when the activities at Riverwalk Center ends. On the Edge will host a party from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. with the Ohana Band playing and Captain Jax will host a party from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. with Tropical Soul performing.
For more information on the event, visit the Bonafide Bangarang Music and Arts Festival page on Facebook or call Mr. Vanover at (772) 985-2083.