ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Raleigh Science Project and JADC Productions announced New Generation Music Festival last week.
Although there aren’t many details yet, it looks like a one-day summer indie music festival. It will be held Aug. 5 in Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.
The objective is to “bridge the gap between coasts” with a focus on networking and “building new innovative ideals,” said Omaha hip hop artist Marcey Yates and Mark Patrick of Raleigh Science Project, an Omaha-based music collective.
“We hope to inspire a generation of fearless dreamers that are up-and-coming artists and entrepreneurs,” Yates, a University of Nebraska at Omaha student, and Patrick said.
The lineup has not been announced, but Yates and Patrick said the festival will feature a variety of genres. This will include mostly local artists and a few regional acts, and they hope to attract a national artist or two. Ticket prices have not been released yet. In addition to the live music, Yates and Patrick said the all-ages event will host local food vendors, a beer garden, giveaways and family activities.
New Generation Music Festival was originally planned as a Friday evening event according to its announcement last week, though it already expanded to an all-day festival beginning at noon on Aug. 5.
Yates and Patrick said the decision came after the “extreme interest” in the festival in the week since its public inception last week. The pair aren’t exaggerating; nearly 1.5 thousand have already marked “interested” in going to the event on Facebook.
They said they are also researching hundreds of artists to include in the lineup. The Facebook page invited band name suggestions on the event page to help gather ideas.
Yates and Patrick said they do not expect any competition with Maha Music Festival, who will be holding its annual indie musical just two weeks later on Aug. 20 at the same location.
“There is enough music and concert-goers to go around,” they said.