The music at the NEON Festival will be shining brightly alongside the beautiful art and luminous peoples.
Returning to NFK will be Peter Gabriel from an alternative timeline, Reptar. Reptar makes beautiful, booty-popping songs. Reptar plays music that is cutesy and devastatingly sincere. Reptar sounds like the band Freddie Mercury would have started if he’d grown up playing video games. Reptar is more influenced by David Byrne’s solo work than the Talking Heads. They are odd, radiantly so. They will be joined by Ladada and Seamonster at the Parlor on October 15.
Performing on October 16 at the O’Connor stage will be the Framers. The Framers take everything good about punk, everything worthwhile about the dirty, nasty, I -don’t-give-a-fuck Hardcore Norfolk sound, and make folk music with it. Their sophomore album will be released just before NEON.
Joining them will be the Fuzz Band. When I ask Nakia Madry-Smith–frontwoman for the outfit–about the festival, she says “The NEON Festival is an amazing opportunity to experience the Norfolk Renaissance and its Visual and Performing Arts cultures which for many years have been a hub for creative expression in Hampton Roads. The Fuzz Band, like the festival, is a group of musicians with a common objective of promoting good vibes. Embracing musical diversity and capitalizing on the musical history of nine very different personalities has been a huge component of the band’s success. We do the music that we love in a way that’s energetic and infectious and hope that listeners come along for the ride!”
As if that wasn’t enough, also playing NEON will be the charmingly-talented Reads and Writes.
A jazz quartet of GSA students will be performing at the Chrysler, as well as a classical quartet.
Two Bars from the Gun, Demons, Shy, Low, and Gone (performing at The Parlor) round out the ferocious collection of musicians who will add the sonic flange of the NEON Festival. Curated by Josh Coplon, founder of the LAVA Music Festival, the diversity of styles, mixture of hometown stars and touring bands, and general awesomeness will make sure there’s plenty to hear while you check out the sights.
For tickets to Reptar click here.
All other shows are free and will be staged in and around the Chrysler Museum, including at the O’Connor stage, on the old Cofer lot. We will let you know about exact times and locations in the next week or two as details are announced.