Sometimes you just have to throw a party.
And not just any party: a full weekend event with terrific music in a beautiful location designed for hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones.
And the third annual Wanderfest is scheduled for June 28/29 on the grounds of the Dundee Lodge in Gaston.
Matt Cadenelli and Kris Stuart started Wanderfest as a favor to a friend who operated a music venue. But Matt said that everyone had such a great time, “We thought it would be a terrific regular event for the music community. Because, after all, our music is all about community.” At first they felt a bit apprehensive about how much planning would have to go into it, but they soon established a network of suppliers like Eventlyst who were able to provide everything they needed, and who they could book to do the same a year later if they wanted to.
That community is made up of the musicians and fans of Americana/roots/alternative country music. Its center is the Laurelthirst Public House, the heart of independent music in Portland since 1988. Once a year, the focus moves to Wanderfest, where adults – and lots of kids – tent camp for the weekend, share meals, and enjoy some of Portland’s favorite performers.
Among this year’s headliners are Redray Frazier, Trujillo, Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings, and tons more!
And another big part of that community is the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, which benefits from Wanderfest’s proceeds. “It’s the absolute perfect fit for what we’re about,” Matt said.
“Many musicians I know live just above poverty level – even when their careers are thriving. So when we perform for the JWF, it’s like paying into an insurance plan. Between the Gram Parsons Jam, the Bob Dylan Birthday celebration and the Next Waltz, the JWF events have become part of the fabric of our community.”
Wanderfest tickets are limited to 250, so buy yours soon. Children are welcome for free. Food and beverages are available for purchase on site, and you’re welcome to bring your own to the camping area. Matt said, “Wanderfest really is a celebration of community. It’s a chance for everyone to convene outside our normal walls and institutions. It’s a chance to be with each other in a totally different space and the music and the spirit that holds us together.”