The inaugural LAVA MiniFest began with modest intentions. Josh Coplon, Norfolk music promoter and founder of LAVA Fest, just wanted to book a friend’s band. That band, Midnight Snack, of Asheville, NC is now joined by seven other acts on a diverse lineup of local and national talent coming to Toast.
As more and more bands reached out to Coplon about playing Hampton Roads this fall, the idea for a two band rock show slowly grew into something a little bigger. Musically, LAVA MiniFest features acts from all over the Commonwealth, up and down the East Coast, Texas, and a Charlottesvillian that has toured extensively throughout Europe.
There is more to LAVA MiniFest than music though. Consider the micro music festival: a festival packed into a few hours of one evening right in your backyard, without all the hassles of driving out to the middle of nowhere and pitching a tent, and scaled down to exist on an intimate level.
Food and drink specials from some of Norfolk’s best restaurants and oldest brewery will be available throughout the night. As a venue, with its outdoor gardens and semi-secret warehouse annex, Toast seems the ideal fit to play host.
Before we get to the performers, The Food:
Fare from three of Norfolk’s best new generation restaurants will be served throughout the night. In allegiance with culinary staples that begin with the letter T, Toast will be serving tacos as well as their full menu. If that wasn’t enough already, Handsome Biscuit and Pendulum Meats will collaborate for the second time on some mouth watering “biscuit burgers.”
And the Beer:
Drink some beers brewed a couple hundred feet away. O’Connor Brewery will be rolling its kegs down the block to conduct a Tap Takeover.
And finally…the entertainment…The Bands:
Music will be rotating between two stages through the night. With a lineup as eclectic as its surroundings, there is something for all tastes and styles here.
We have, electro-pop local heroes DJ P & Mr. P, the groovy, pschedelic R&B folk of Midnight Snack from Asheville, Norfolk ambient rockers Esbern Snare, soul-funk-garage-rockers EVOLFO out of Brooklyn, blues rock and experimental journey man Jessie R. Berlin, Dapzam, a new neo-soul project from Sunny of Sunny & Gabe, the self proclaimed shred-pop of one of Richmond’s most celebrated bands The Trillions, part of the Charlottesville based globetrotting folk rock band Anatomy of Frank, and rounding everything out: the perfectly preserved vintage grooves of DJ Sir Lord Thomas.
Each of these bands could play their own show on any given weekend in town, but LAVA MiniFest brings them all together on the same ticket.
Coplon envisions LAVA MiniFest as part of a series of festivals, maybe eventually organized around specific genres, leading up to the flagship LAVA Fest every year. Macro ambitions for a micro festival.