June 15, 2024


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Music, sun and plenty of fun: WonderStruck festival kicked off Saturday


KIRTLAND, Ohio – There is a perception of question around the songs competition encounter. Everything from the outfits and hairstyles, to the collective dance moves, to the nonstop music-loaded environment – it is all designed to give an idyllic sunshine-stuffed day for tunes supporters.

It’s no “wonder” that Elevation Group landed on ponder-themed branding for its signature festivals in Ohio and Indiana. And it was, when again, a fitting title for WonderStruck tunes festival at Lakeland Local community College or university, using location July 9 and 10. (Formerly, the competition was regarded as LaureLive, prior to WonderStruck’s debut in 2021.)

The grounds of Lakeland had been reworked into a relatives-helpful wonderland, with inflatable obstacle courses, interactive game titles, vendor villages and a good deal of pageant foodstuff choices ready for lunch and dinner.

The working day was headlined by The Lumineers, which obtained up close and private with the audience by means of the use of a stage extension that snaked into the crowd. At the starting of the people-rock band’s established, drummer Jeremiah Fraites rose up onto the system from underneath with his drum set.

Fraites and singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz utilized the platform for performances of “Cleopatra,” “Ho, Hey,” “Flowers In Your Hair” and “Charlie Boy.” At other times, they hung back again on the principal phase to jam with the relaxation of the band’s musicians.

The Lumineers drew the major crowd of the working day, and it was a devoted one, too many audience customers sang along to every music.

It was a fitting conclude to the 1st half of WonderStruck 2022, which kicked off at 1:30 p.m. with a rousing performance by Akron’s Detention – a 2020 Tri-C Large Faculty Rock Off winner. Setting up there, the day’s lineup ongoing to showcase youthful, mounting pop functions – like soulful pop singer Mills and Brooklyn singer-songwriter Trella, whose set was delayed 30 minutes owing to complex issues. The moment she took the phase, Trella anchored her set of cinematic pop music with her functional pipes.

Neil Frances – the duo of Jordan Feller and Marc Gilfry – took to the main phase in the afternoon, with viewers members grooving under the sunshine to the group’s classic-sounding funky music. The screens on either aspect of the stage showed large disco balls, harkening back again a couple many years to their inspirations on tunes like “Show Me The Right” and “It’s Like A Aspiration.”

Attendees hopped in between the 3 levels, darting in between functions to capture bands like Smallpools, 24kGoldn, Tai Verdes and several bands that performed at the smaller sized, shadier Radd Stage: Hembree, Jack Harris, Cousin Basic, 90s Young children and Niko Rubio.

Verdes particularly impressed, with lively renditions of his TikTok-famed tracks “A-OK” and “Stuck in the Middle.” But he defied limiting himself as a social media sensation, with his most recent single “Last Day on Earth,” showcasing his soulful sounds, far too.

“A-OK” was done a next time, in remix type, by 24kGoldn and Verdes jointly, during 24kGoldn’s established. The two paired together well, bringing a new vibe to the earworm of a tune.

All Time Minimal done straight just before The Lumineers, featuring the greatest rock of the working day. The band, which has knowledgeable nameless sexual abuse allegations in opposition to it in the previous few of many years, however drew a major, condensed group that bobbed together in music like “Monster” and “Dear Maria Count Me In,” as well as a go over of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights.”

A several bands popped out of the mould, but on Saturday there were being instances that the mix of vibey indie-pop blurred together. The lineup’s undercard included some strikingly equivalent pop acts, previous some of the day’s greater gets.

That remaining explained, the blend glad attendees, specially younger songs admirers who confirmed up for the entire working day of fun.

Tomorrow, WonderStruck carries on with performances by Vampire Weekend, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saint Motel and more. Tickets are even now readily available for the solitary working day, at $99, at wonderstruckfest.com/tickets.

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