The 5th Annual Triad Music Festival will be held September 1st -3rd in various venues in downtown Winston-Salem. The event will include a wide range of performances and activities, including musical performances by Caleb Caudle and other local musicians. Also included in the schedule is the popular NC Regional Gear & Music Expo, which in addition to live music, also features gear exhibits, a gear swap, an industry panel session, and food trucks.
The event is produced by SoundLizzard Productions, which has been engaged in artist development, project coordination, and professional services for local musicians, independent film, and the community since 2003. Liz May, who owns the company said “SoundLizzard is constantly striving to strengthen and expose the local music scene,” and The Triad Music Festival was born out of those efforts. “As with all of our events and projects, we hope this will also bridge a connection with songwriters, musicians, and the community.”
Originally founded in 2012 as a weekend celebration, the festival grown and morphed in the 5 years since May began producing the event. “The Triad Music Festival has expanded exponentially each year, and now includes performances at multiple venues, networking and educational opportunities, and exhibits and vendors,” said May. She notes that the Festival has offerings for the engineer, technician, musician, and music lover, and “is supported by our strong arts community.”
The Triad Music Festival helps channel that support to musicians and the industry surrounding it. “The festival is designed to bring awareness to performing songwriters and support local and regional companies in this industry,” May said.
Triad Music Festival will start on Thursday, September 1 with a Kick-Off Party at Delurk Gallery on 6th Street from 7 to 10 p.m. The Kick-Off Party will include a Songwriter Stand-Off. It is $5 to participate or attend the Competition-Style songwriter battle, which will be judged by a panel of industry pros & performers. Winner will take 50% of entry after costs.
Day two of the festival will include mainstage performances featuring Caleb Caudle and Wurlitzer Prize on Friday, September 2 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Hanesbrands Theatre.
The festival will culminate with the NC Regional Gear & Music Expo, which will take place on Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. It will include Music & Gear Exhibitors, Demo & Pitch Sessions, Gear Swap, Marketplace, Music Industry, and a panel featuring NC engineers and producers. There will also be food trucks and musical performances at Winston Square Park by Camel City Collective, Carolina Crossing and Fat Cheek Kat.
Tickets for the Main Stage show, as well as VIP Passes, are available through Hanesbrands Theatre by clicking HERE.