Festival finds ‘Greater Good’ in local bands

Local bands perform their music at the Greater Good Music and Art Festival in 2010. (Photo by Ric Kindle)

The Greater Good Music and Art Festival is coming back to Pensacola for the seventh year on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. The purpose of this festival is to bring the community of all ages together by having 20 bands, visual arts and local vendors.

Ric Kindle, the organizer and producer of the festival, said he expects about 2,000 people to attend.

“The whole concept is that we’re all different shades of color, so we have a wide variety of genres of music,” Kindle said. “It’s all about the community, diversity and having people come together for the greater and common good.”

The festival is held at Adventures Unlimited north of Milton. There are spaces available for tents and campers, and cabins can be rented for the weekend.

“There will be food, art vendors and an information zone, which is a rare thing to have at a festival,” Kindle said. “The information zone is for any organization that wants to get their name and message out to a massive number of people.”

Some of the bands include Mad haPPy, Chainsaw Kelly, The Real Hooks, Swerve, Flannel Church, Fat Man Squeeze, and Jessica and Ric.

Folk-Rock band, Chainsaw Kelly, is performing at the festival for the first time.

“Ric Kindle found us playing around town and reached out to us about the festival, and we were really interested,” Band member Michael Daw said. “We are very excited.”

The band includes Daw, Brandon Smith, Daz Sevilla, Aubrey Nichols and Stephan Vance.

Another band, Mad haPPy, has performed previously at the festival.

“We play all over the country and have numerous times in Canada,” band member Mike iLL said. “We are a blend of folk music combined with contemporary urban influence.”

The band consists of Mike iLL and Rivka, two friends that play music while their kids dance on stage.

Ric Kindle pulls this festival together every year, picking the bands, vendors and activities. He said that he wants a variety of entertainment so that each person enjoys the weekend.

The weekend tickets are $50, and day passes are $25.

“The weather is going to be perfect,” Kindle said. “It’s an opportunity to drop your worries, get away and just play for the weekend.”

Bekah Roberts
Staff Writer

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