One of many exciting upcoming events at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club, a list that includes shows by The Used and Dropkick Murphy’s (both of which benefit charity), is Wicked Winterfest 2013.
While details about the event aren’t yet forthcoming, the 9:30 Club has revealed that the all-day festival will feature 20 unsigned local bands, singers, and DJs. Scheduled for Sunday, February 17th and set to begin at 11:00AM, Wicked Winterfest will give these local performers an incredible opportunity to create a fan base and attract the attention of industry professionals. Additionally, each group has been given 100 tickets (more are available through normal ticket purchasing avenues) with rewards for the number they sell, including cash prizes or, if they sell all 100, 5 hours worth of pre-paid recording sessions (info credit to Among the Many, a Virginia band which will be among the 20). As for attendees, Wicked Winterfest presents a rare opportunity to support local musicians and discover new music. Another benefit to attendees, or at least eclectic attendees like myself, is the variety that Wicked Winterfest seems to promise. All of the other festivals I’ve been to, and most of the ones I’ve heard or read about, tend to be genre specific.
While specificity isn’t problematic per se, it does promote a certain familiarity, meaning that I have generally known which bands I’ll really like, which bands will be OK, and which bands will provide me a good opportunity to get food. Wicked Winterfest, on the other hand, breaks this pattern not only by promising 20 unknowns, but also (they have implied) by discarding the trend of genre adherence and providing those of varied musical taste an equally varied experience. And besides, even if it isn’t that good, for 15 bucks you really can’t go wrong. I know I’ll be there, though given that Sunday is the only day of the week I can consistently sleep in, I won’t make any promises about getting in the door for an 11:00 start.