After unearthing flyers for a 2006 DemonFest in an empty office at KNWD, station manager Tara Luck decided to revive the musical showcase.
“I came to Northwestern in 2008 so I had never heard of it,” she explains. “I thought, ‘We should do that!’”
For those who remember DemonFest as being on the banks of Cane River, this year’s performances will be set up on NSU’s Tailgating Field. The festival is free, open to the public and features all local bands.
Luck envisions it as a perfect way to have fun and support area musicians. “The act that is farthest away is from Shreveport,” she says.
Though some of the musical selections veer towards a young and adventurous audience, Luck and KNWD music director Matthew Dean are confident that the line-up has crossover appeal. She is particularly excited to see headliners Super Water Sympathy.
Lead vocalist Ansley Hughes is a NSU alum, and an enthusiastic crowd of “water pop” supporters surrounds the band at area gigs. Water pop is billed as a “synthesis of classic symphonic ambience with modern rock’n’roll anthems.”
It might seem hard to understand, but the prospect of lying in the sun, enjoying free music and a breezy, festival atmosphere will put a smile on any skeptic.
Student organizations will set up booths at DemonFest to sell food, play games and raise money. Listeners are free to come and go as they please and to set up blankets and folding chairs.
Taking a leaf from the nationally acclaimed Bonnaroo music festival outside of Manchester, Tenn., DemonFest organizers are sparking many green initiatives.
There will be recycling bins on site and free water to anyone with a non-disposable plastic bottle. Bottles with KNWD logos will be available $1.
Luck talks hopefully of event bands that are biodegradable and contain flower seeds. DemonFest attendees can then take the bands off their wrists and plant them in the soil. Such a beautiful souvenir would complement the ethos behind DemonFest and provide a marker for an event that will continue to bloom over the years.
Gamer Tracks with DJ Taylor Furr [Natchitoches]
(Video Game Music)
Tajh Derosier and the Hybrid Groove [Natchitoches]
Dufflebag Gang [Natchitoches]
(Blues-based Alt. Rock)
Terror at the Tea Party [Olla]
Chris Hamlett [Pineville]
(Indie/Folk Rock, Experimental)
(Space Western / Caddo-American Folk Rock)
Carley5K Productions with Beauski [Alexandria]
Bears and Wolves [Shreveport]
Chamber Tryouts [Shreveport]
Dixie Tradition [Shreveport]
(Rocking "Chrome and Skoal" Country)
Indian Giver [Shreveport]
Super Water Sympathy [Shreveport]