Might I Suggest Berea Fest?

by Libby Zay


Summer is certainly here, which means the music festival season is upon us.  If merely thinking about these all-day events makes your ears ring, feet sore, and eyelids sag, you aren’t alone.  Still, all music fans can agree that there are a few can’t-miss fests that are worth enduring.

The music fest at the top of my to-do list is  coming up this Friday and Saturday in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.  Now in its fourth year, Berea Fest features every genre from acoustic folk-punk sing-a-longs to the grinding sounds of thrashcore.  But what sets this fest apart from the rest isn’t just its musical stylings; billed as a ‘celebration of national and local DIY music and the community it creates,’ the fest’s tone is akin to a gathering of long-time friends.  Attendees are encouraged to bring food to share with the bands, and there’s even a ‘sleep over board’ to hook people up with local places to stay.

The price is right, too.  For merely $10, you get to see 34 bands over two days.  Since the fest is housed in a free space, every penny goes to the bands’ gas tanks and the leftovers are donated to charity.  Last year, over $2000 was bequeathed to the Berea Children’s Home.  If you live anywhere within earshot, I highly recommend you start planning a road trip!

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