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Indie music at Peace Park

Laura Barton

By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

Music filled Peace Park in Pelham on Saturday evening as indie artists had the chance to play during the Pelham Indie Music Festival.

The inaugural event featured six artists from the region and beyond who played and sang their music and covers for the crowds that gathered in the park.

Cameron Lee, 16, was the first of the six performers. The Welland teen said being first didn’t make him nervous at all and he just gets up to do his thing when he performs.

He said the festival is a great opportunity for artists like himself to get some exposure and to be able to showcase their original work.

“At bars and restaurants, they want to hear songs they know most of the time. Stuff that they know they like,” Lee said of a typical gig.

At Pelham Indie Music Festival, he sang all original pieces. He said it was about an album’s worth of music that all connected together to tell a story.

Beyond the opportunity to play, he also praised the sound in the park. He’s a self-described “sound guy” and said the set up was great for the show.

He went on stage in the park’s band shell starting at 3 p.m. and played for roughly 45 minutes. During that time, there weren’t too many people at the festival yet, which he was a bit disappointed about, although he was also glad there was anyone there at all.

He feels sometimes indie music gets sloughed to the side because people aren’t familiar with it and don’t think it will interest them.

“I wish more people would come out and see how cool it is,” he said. “Original music isn’t boring just because you don’t know it.”

The number of people picked up as the evening went on, with attendees bringing lawn chairs and even sitting on the grass to listen to the music. There were also a few artist vendors on site and some food and drinks for people to enjoy. Meet and greets were set up after each performance as well to give people the opportunity to say hi to or ask questions of the artists.

The five other performers of the evening were Ron Whitman, Mary Lou Minor, Jessica Wilson, Too Much of Jon and Spencer Burton capped off the evening.

lbarton@postmedia.com

Twitter: @LBartonTribune

 



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