Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's getting closer: Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival

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The Valley of the Vapors is March 15-19 in Hot Springs pic
  • The Valley of the Vapors is March 15-19 in Hot Springs.

It's almost that time again, when hordes of musicians and music fans will swarm Hot Springs for the annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, which is organized by the good people at Low Key Arts (full disclosure: the Arkansas Times is a sponsor of the VOV, because it is an awesome event).

As in years past, the VOV will offer a plethora — a veritable cornucopia, if you will (or even if you won't) — of diverse and engaging live music for the adventurous listener. Bands from many corners of the globe will perform, including some from Iran, Sudan, The Netherlands, Canada, Ireland, Japan and South Korea. Also: There is a band called Booger Sugar. They're from New Jersey.

There'll be workshops as well. Topics include: block printmaking, illustration, breakdancing, and "the logistical considerations of compiling a mixed cassette tape. So hey, you can rock out and expand your skillset at the same time. Efficiency!

There are so many bands playing at the festival that probably the best way for you to familiarize yourself with them is to mosey on over to VOV TV and just let it wash over you.

Lots of good stuff from festival stalwarts to up-and-comers. I am heavily digging this tune by a Canadian band called Single Mothers:

Anyways, there will be something for everyone at VOV, and you can get your pass for the whole enchilada right here for only $43.

After the jump, there's a press release with all of the pertinent info and a full schedule. Also: dig the poster up there. Nice, huh. That was created by Pat Moriatry, who's done some really cool stuff.

The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (The VOV), returns to Hot Springs, Arkansas for its 9th annual blitz of the world's most innovative underground rock bands, March 15 to 19, 2013. The VOV will host 42 acts from 8 countries including; South Korea, Japan, Ireland, Iran, The Netherlands, Sudan, Canada and the United States. Daily events will include Trail Shows, Workshops, Secret Shows and main events at Low Key Arts. Standout acts include The VOV are Architects (Kansas City), Fol Chen (California), Funeral Suits (Ireland), Sinkane (Sudan) and PeeLander Z (Japan).

VOV Trail Shows have partnered with the National Park Service to host unplugged acoustic performances inside the National Park. Hikers and musicians will meet at noon each day at The Superior Bathhouse on historic Bathhouse Row and hike a 1 or 2 mile trail to enjoy an outdoor performance. Trail Show musicians include Chase Pagan (Arkansas), Water Liars (Mississippi), Dana Falconberry (Texas), and Kyle Craft (Louisiana). Trail Shows are free and open to all ages. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the lobby of The Maurice Bathhouse.

The VOV offers free educational opportunities to complement the music festival with daily workshops at Art Church Studios. Participants will get a hands-on understanding of illustration, block print making, break dancing and the logistical considerations of compiling a mixed cassette tape (remember those?). Workshops are scheduled at 4PM daily at Art Church Studios, 301 Whittington Avenue, they are free of charge, and open to all ages and skill levels.

VOV Secret Shows add an element of surprise to the festival that should keep music lovers on their toes. Each day, festival organizers will announce the secret location via Facebook and Twitter of the Secret Show. During the 2012 VOV an Art Gallery, a Barber Shop, and an old mansion were the settings for Secret Shows. Keep your ears to the ground for news of where you can catch secret performances from Psychic Twin (Illinois), Idiot Glee (Kentucky), The Black Atlantic (Netherlands) and Pujol (Tennessee). Secret Shows take place at 6:00PM each day, are free and open to all ages if you can find them!

Valley of the Vapors main events are held each day at 7:00PM at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor. The small venue's warm, intimate setting provides an up close and personal experience with musicians, artists and festival goers alike. Each day 5 to 7 bands will grace the stage, with must see sets by Grandchildren (Philadelphia), Pallbearer (Arkansas), So many Dynamos (Missouri), Talk Normal (New York) and The Yellow Dogs (Iran). Admission to all Low Key Arts events is $7 and are open to all ages.

For more information contact Bill Solleder bill@valleyofthevapors.com 501-282-9056 or www.valleyofthevapors.com



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The 9th Annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival will take place March 15 -19, 2013 in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Bands, Workshops, Trail Shows, Secret Shows, After Parties. www.valleyofthevapors.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Low Key Arts / 7:00pm - 118 Arbor, $7 / 7PM/ All Ages — Architects (kc), Talk Normal (ny), Nervous Curtains, (tx), Nonagon (il), and the winner of The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase!! — Midnight After Party withPagiins (ar)

Workshop / 4:00pm — Art Church Studios, 301 Whittington Avenue / 4PM — Pat Moriarity illustration workshop — Free !!


SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Low Key Arts / 7:00pm — 118 Arbor, $7 / 7PM/ All Ages — Grandchildren (pa), Water Liars (ms), Jack Topht (ny), Kentucky Knife Fight (mo), Stagnant Pools (in), My Jerusalem (tx), Perpetual Werewolf (ar) - Midnight After Party with Teenagers (ar)

Secret Show / 6:00pm — Psychic Twin performs in a secret location to be announced that day on Twitter and Facebook!! Free and open to all ages — 6:00 sharp!

Workshop / 4:00pm — Art Church Studios, 301 Whittington Avenue / 4PM- Pat Moriarity illustration workshop — Free !!

Trail Show / Noon — Meet at The Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Avenue for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Family History/Chase Pagan (ar) — free and open to all ages!!

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Low Key Arts / 7:00pm - 118 Arbor, $7 / 7PM/ All Ages-Laura Stevenson (ma), So Many Dynamos (mo), Fol Chen (ca), Snowmine (ny), Funeral Suits (Ireland), Jamaican Queens (mi) — Midnight After Party with Booger Sugar (nj)

Secret Show / 6:00pm - Idiot Glee performs in a secret location to be announced that day on Twitter and Facebook!! Free and open to all ages — 6:00 sharp!

Workshop / 4:00pm — Art Church Studios, 301 Whittington Avenue / 4PM / Breakdancing Workshop with Derek Brooks — free!

Trail Show / Noon — Meet at The Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Avenue for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Water Liars - free and open to all ages!!

MONDAY, MARCH 18

Low Key Arts / 7:00pm - 118 Arbor, $7 / 7PM/ All Ages — Sinkane (Sudan/USA), The Yellow Dogs (Iran), Gashcat (la), Roomrunner (md), Jaill (wi), Single Mothers (Canada), Détective (ca) - Midnight After Party with Bird Cloud (tn)

Secret Show / 6:00pm - The Black Atlantic (Netherlands) perform in a secret location to be announced that day on Twitter and Facebook!! Free and open to all ages — 6:00 sharp!

Workshop /4:00pm - Art Church Studios, 301 Whittington Avenue / 4PM — Print Making workshop with Dana Falconberry — free!!

Trail Show / 12Noon — Meet at The Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Avenue for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Dana Falconberry (tx) — free and open to all ages!!

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Low Key Arts / 6PM 118 Arbor, $7 / 6PM/ All Ages — PeeLander Z (japan), My Gold Mask (il), Galaxy Express (South Korea), Pallbearer (ar), Pinkish Black (tx), The Royal Heist (ca)

Secret Show / 6:00pm - Pujol (tn) perform in a secret location to be announced that day on Twitter and Facebook!! Free and open to all ages — 6:00 sharp!

Workshop / 4:00pm — Art Church Studios, 301 Whittington Avenue / 4PM — How to make a mix tape!!

Trail Show / 12Noon — Meet at The Superior Bathhouse for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Kyle Craft from the band Gashcat (la) — free and open to all ages — Noon!!

***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

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