Woodlawn Artfest (Ajax)

 Photo by Steven DeTaye

Photo by Steven DeTaye

 Welcome sign...

Welcome sign...

Well, it was a wonderland of art and music nestled in a nature filled nook.  My second time gracing the stage at the Woodlawn Artfest with the likes of Durham's freshest artists.  To be honest the stage reminds me (and I'm sure many others) of the famous Fred Penner log entrance.  To reach the back of the stage (where musicians enter) you make your way through a thick bush that has been cleared into a perfect tunnel. From there, a curtain is drawn and you grace the  Woodlawn stage.  A small fire pit surrounded by outdoor furniture and skittered with artists, friends and family.  The feeling was warm, with smiles from passing strangers and a collective energy that made even the extreme introvert, artist comfortable.

Before all of this experience, before I hit the stage.  A cheery fellow with a slick hair cut and some style introduced himself, with not only a handshake, but a welcoming hug.  It was the stage manager and one of the key organizers Steven.  This guy organized like 20 acts on a single stage.  Dealing with all the band changes, various instruments and the elements of a weekend in July I was amazed at his composure.  Multiple times I crossed paths with another founder and organizer Geordie.  An extremely skilled artist and the nicest guy on the planet.  Nice enough to allow all of this to take place on his family's estate.  The property is graced with large metal sculptures of various animals, trees and mechanical elements to them.  

 One of Geordies Amazing Pieces!  Spin a crank and the legs move as if it was running!  

One of Geordies Amazing Pieces!  Spin a crank and the legs move as if it was running!  

After I got off the stage, I was able to check out some of the vendors and artists around the grounds, and then sit in the blazing warm sun and enjoy the artists.  For most of the afternoon, act after act graced the stage and made it their own.  All styles, all genres, and all accepted by everyone.  It was refreshing, and I wish this was an annual event (it's currently bi-annual).  This is another reason I am writing a blog about the Woodlawn Artfest.  I need your support to support them!  Lets get some interest and support behind the crew!  Maybe even throw some donation or sponsorship money out there!  Who knows what could be done with this already superb event.  

Saturday Music Line-Up

2 Cute 4 Country
Kevin Foster
Dan Brooks
Jeye Daye
Hairy Holler
Matt Holtby
Boom Bust & Echo
The Photogenics
Maeva's Mud
I Dunno
The DGB (performed a live unplugged set around the campfire)

Sunday Music Line-Up

St.Even (played ambient morning set with a yoga session) 
Improvised Device
Kompass
Squid Man Stan
Gt Harris & The Gunslingers
Poly Trap Super Six
Watershed Hour
Mustard Tigers
John Boom & The Jelly Fish

 Photo of Dan Brooks, he had me enthralled in his performance!

Photo of Dan Brooks, he had me enthralled in his performance!

 2 Cute 4 Country with some amazing harmonies and a great set of pipes on both of these gals! The can sing!

2 Cute 4 Country with some amazing harmonies and a great set of pipes on both of these gals! The can sing!

Sorry I couldn't find links to everyones Facebook pages or websites.  Feel free to comment below with a link to your music and I will happily add the link and share your stuff!

Thanks to Geordie and Steven along with all the artists and volunteers for putting together a great weekend! See you in a couple years! 

cheers, Kevin