For people that don’t know what LocalPalooza is all about, you’ve been missing out! Rob D. is the organizer and mastermind behind it all who is also no stranger to the Hampton Roads community. LocalPalooza is a music festival showcasing local artists, musicians, bands and comedians. This was the 3rd year Rob put the music and arts festival together at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on 21st Street. Musical acts performed on stages outside and throughout seven venues – Shakas, Retro Cafe, LunaSea, The Spot, Seaside Raw Bar and Deja Blu. Rob teamed up with ForKids to collect canned foods, and to donate a portion of the festival’s proceeds to the organization. ForKids is a Norfolk based non-profit organization that provides food and shelter for families and children. More info about the organization can be found here: ForKids
This was the perfect opportunity for Muzik Lounge to debut as a vendor, and to show the support for the local music community. Being the first vendor to arrive at 8:30am, I was anxious to get my tent and table setup. While pulling up to my spot to setup, the temperature was cooler than I thought it was going to be and the wind gusts were ridiculous. With my first attempt at setting up the tent myself, I quickly learned that this was not a solo job. Luckily, I had Aly and a few volunteers to help out moments after my first try. After a few failed attempts, we finally got the tent and table setup with all of our merchandise laid out. Before we knew it, other vendors had arrived and started setting up. Twelve o’clock came around quick, and people started trickling in as the music started to blast through the 21st Street parking lot. I was looking forward to a handful of acts to perform since many of them were a part of the Muzik Lounge website since the beginning when it debuted. With that being said, The electrohop duo, The Picup Kids, opened the show with their unique pop style and hip-hop flow. Other acts that performed and have been a part of Muzik Lounge included, The Fuzz Band, Crossover, Bear Crossing, K-Dinos, DJ El Capone, and Henmusik. I was definitely exposed to new music, new artists, new bands, and new DJs.
Throughout the afternoon, I kept busy with playing music from the featured bands and artists on Muzik Lounge’s site at our tent, and talking to the other vendor like the Ink Gallery, Motley Mutts, Tasket Clothing, Papa Joe’s Smoke Shop, and United Clothing Company. Speaking of which, Muzik Lounge will have a full feature on United Clothing Company and an interview with its Founder, Chaudry Ghafoor.
LocalPalooaza was definitely an event Muzik Lounge was glad and meant to be a part of. Although it was a learning experience setting up in the beginning, it was definitely worth the experience listening and appreciating all the local talent in the Hampton Roads community. Thanks again to Rob D. for allowing us to be a vendor, and we can’t wait to be one again next year and for the years to come!
Written By: Steven