Guided By Voices tops a bill with national, regional and local acts (and beer)
Now in its third year, Springsfest is a beer and music festival held on the front lawn of the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs' quaint downtown, about an hour drive from Columbus. With attendance capped at 2,000, the fest seems like a beer-centric, early-days version of the Nelsonville Music Festival — a laid-back, community event that favors gradual, organic growth over flashy promotion and flavor-of-the-week bands.
Last year, Delicate Steve topped the fest's bill, and this year's headliner, lo-fi legend Guided by Voices from neighboring Dayton, seems like the perfect choice to close out the evening. Bob Pollard's beer-fueled power pop should also pair well with Twin Peaks, a supremely catchy Chicago garage-rock act touring in support of Sweet '17 Singles, an album featuring a dozen of the band's Kinks-indebted singles it released in an ongoing series last year.
While mining the Yellow Springs and Dayton music scenes, Springsfest promoters have also heavily relied on Columbus bands in these first few years. Saintseneca headlined the inaugural Springsfest in 2016, and last year Columbus acts included MojoFlo, the Worn Flints and the High Definitions. This year, Sharon Udoh's Counterfeit Madison, the Cordial Sins and on-the-rise folk-rock act Caamp will perform, along with Speaking Suns, a Yellow Springs band that released its sophomore LP, Range, on Anyway Records last fall. (Rumor has it Speaking Suns is also one of Dave Chappelle's favorite bands.)
Adam Remnant, an Athens-based songwriter and former Southeast Engine frontman with strong Columbus ties, will play an afternoon set at Springsfest, likely drawing heavily from his forthcoming album, Sourwood. Following Remnant's first solo release, 2016's When I Was a Boy EP, Sourwood was lovingly crafted in the folk-rock songwriter's basement on a Tascam 38 tape machine. Remnant hasn't missed a step since the demise (or hiatus?) of Southeast Engine. (Look for more on Remnant's Columbus release show at Ace of Cups in next week's issue.)
I'm not as familiar with undercard Yellow Springs bands like Teen Age, Scary Balance and Gaptooth Grin, but after checking out some recent Bandcamp releases, they seem promising and worth your time — much like Springsfest.
11:30 a.m. Scary Balance
12:15 p.m. Gaptooth Grin
1:00 p.m. Lori
1:45 p.m. Adam Remnant
2:30 p.m. Teen Age
3:15 p.m. The Cordial Sins
4:00 p.m. Speaking Suns
4:45 p.m. Counterfeit Madison
5:45 p.m. Caamp
7:30 p.m. Twin Peaks
9:30 p.m. Guided by Voices