Local bands playing Electric Avenue Music Festival to benefit Loaves & Fishes

Nine acts from the Ithaca area will play at three venues in Collegetown in the first Electric Avenue Music Festival this Saturday, to benefit Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County. The free festival will be at WVBR, Loco Cantina, and the Loft at the Carriage House Cafe from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, April 15th.

WVBR’s live performance and vinyl room will be one of the venues for Saturday’s festival. Photo courtesy of WVBR.

The Electric Avenue Festival is being hosted by WVBR and Electric Buffalo Records, an Ithaca-grown record company affiliated with community radio station WVBR and, like the radio station, run by Cornell University students.

“We wanted this event to be all about the local community, providing a centralized spot for residents and students to come together to enjoy local music and contribute to a worthwhile cause,” says Jacob Grossfeld, a co-founder of Electric Buffalo Records and DJ at WVBR.

Live music kicks off at noon, with Shull playing at the Loft, Stranded with a Kiss next door at WVBR, and Robot Detective playing across the street at Loco. Grossfeld says Shull, which has worked with Electric Buffalo Records, is “a two-piece art rock instrumental duo who are extremely creative and unorthodox in their live performance and compositional approaches.” Robot Detective is “the experimental psytrance project of Ithaca-based filmmaker and sound recordist Chris Knight,” combining “dissonant melodies with familiar drum and bass progressions.” His latest release, “Stolen Land,” is available online via Spotify, Bandcamp, and iTunes.

Kitestring is playing at the Loft at 1:30, while Road Man performs at WVBR’s Vinyl Room and dj Gourd spins at Loco Cantina. Road Man “is the solo project of Jon Petronzio, well known for his vocal and keyboard work with John Brown’s Body and Revision.

“I play actual vinyl records,” says Brian Mlodzinski, who performs as dj Gourd, “both 7-inch 45s and 12-inch LPs. Everything from funk, jazz, afrobeat and disco, house, soul, rock and 80s rap.” The DJ founded and plays guitar with the Mutron Warriors, a ten-piece funk band dating back to 2006. “My mission is to show people, both young and old that there is and was great music made from great bands and the fact that there’s still great music being made,” he tells 14850 Magazine.

The third set begins at 3pm, with Remanu Steele at Loco Cantina, Thunder Body at WVBR, and After Six playing at the Loft. Student band After Six is “a multi-instrumental jazz/soul group, who Grossfeld says he’s “been trying to get to play at one of our shows for some time now.”

Food from Bickering Twins Catering will be available for purchase at the Loft at the Carriage House, along with drinks from their wine, beer, and cocktail bar, and food from Luna Inspired Street Food will be for sale at Loco Cantina. Performers and sound techs are volunteering their time, and proceeds from food and drink sales will go to Loaves & Fishes.

“WVBR is really trying to emphasize its community-oriented approach, and we thought that not only providing easy public access to incredible local acts, but also establishing a mutually-beneficial relationship with our neighbors would be a great way to accomplish our mission,” Grossfeld tells us.

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