Festival promotes local artists, charity

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

TIPP CITY — At the Tippapalooza music festival this Saturday, music lovers can rock out while supporting local musicians and a good cause.

All profits generated by the fourth annual Tippapalooza festival will benefit Needy Basket of Miami County, an area food pantry.

“We want to create a fun, casual atmosphere,” event organizer Bill Wendel said.

The festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Tipp City Eagles Park. Festival-goers are encouraged to check out the concessions, Wendel said, but may also bring their own coolers and have a picnic while they enjoy the music.

People are also encouraged to bring lawn games like cornhole and take advantage of the park’s playground, basketball court, and sand volleyball.

This year’s lineup includes a wide variety of musical styles, from folk and classic rock to country, funk, and the blues.

Local singer/songwriter Cory Breth will perform some of his original music as well as an array of acoustic covers with his own unique twist, Wendel said.

Cover it Up is a Tipp City/Troy band that is pretty well known for their popular shows at local venues, Wendel said. They play covers of classic rock and country favorites.

Wendel’s group, The Bärflies, will close the show with their eclectic mix of rock and roll covers, from Pink Floyd to Nirvana.

Other acts include Colin Richards, a young Springfield musician who specializes in classic folk and rock, Free to a Good Home a Dayton group that plays just about anything, and Mo Blues, a Celina band that plays rock, funk, Motown, and country covers with a bluesy twist.

To ensure the largest possible donation to Needy Basket, the musicians and volunteers who make the event possible are donating their time for free, Wendel said.

The idea for the festival was born from a group of local musicians getting together just to jam. The goal of the event is to make music, promote area artists, and help out a local charity.

Event organizers wanted to benefit a local organization and Needy Basket “just seemed like a no-brainer,” Wendel said.

Concessions will be available from Tarzinski Catering and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled chicken, soft pretzels, and veggie burgers. Barefoot Sno Shack will also be on site selling flavorful shaved ice treats.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Parking is free and admission to the event is $5 per person 14 years and older.

For more information, go to www.tippapalooza.com.

By Cecilia Fox