The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival took place March 20-24, 2015. Nearly 150 musicians and artists performed for approximately 2000 festival goers. VOV programming included Trail Shows, Workshops, Secret Shows, Art Shows, Film and musical performances by the worlds artistic innovators. Here are a few moments caught on camera.
There is a faint ringing in the ears, guitar picks and dust.
Until next time, VOV.
In 2016, we trust.
VOV Workshops are all free and open to the public. Workshops take place VOV Satuday thru Tuesday – 3PM at Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington.
Banjo & Harmonica Workshop - Saturday, March 21 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public
Kentucky Colonel JD Wilkes — frontman of the Legendary Shack Shakers — has studied with some of the most notable Kentucky old-time music masters over his 25+ years as an artist. He will share with you a short history of Kentucky old-time music, anecdotes from his apprenticeships, and most importantly, a number of techniques he learned from these masters. His focus on basic technique of a variety of harmonica and banjo picking styles is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced players. At the end of two hours you will have experience with banjo picking styles ranging from clawhammer to thumblead, as well as the harmonica techniques of cross, straight & slant. http://www.jdwilkes.com/bio.htm
Wind Flag Project - Saturday, March 21 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public
Chicago artist, and musician Andrea Jablonski brings the Prayer Flag Project to Hot Springs and invites you to take part in the creation and installation of a prayer flag designed by you! A prayer flag is a colorful rectangular flag often found along mountain ridges in the Himalayas. Darchor (vertical) prayer flags are usually large, single rectangles attached to poles along their vertical edge. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers up to the gods, a common misconception, but spread these messages on the wind to the world. Darchor are raised by communities and often found along walkways or paths as a colorful reminder of goodwill. The first part of the Prayer Flag Project was completed and installed for Figment Chicago at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. http://andreajablonski.blogspot.com/p/prayer-flag-project.html
Comic Illustration Workshop - Sunday, March 22 – 3:00PM Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington - Free and open to the public
Legendary Shack Shakers frontman Col. JD Wilkes’s contributions to visual art include “Head Cheese,” a strip seen in the Nashville RAGE (Metromix) weekly from 2005-2008, illustrations in “Spookiest Stories Ever” (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), Top Shelf Comix-published “Grim Hymns”, and the comic book that accompanies Shooter Jennings’ album The Other Life. From concept to completion, Wilkes will show you how to create comic strips from scratch. Using his personal layout method, he’ll walk you through everything from writing dialog to pencil and inking. http://www.jdwilkes.com/bio.htm
DIY Touring for filmmakers, photographers and performance artists & a Pop Up Photo Show - Monday, March 23 - 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public
Texas-born, San Francisco exile, and confirmed tramp, Bill Daniel continues to experiment with survivalism and bricolage in his attempts to record and report on the various social margins he finds himself in.
Daniel’s work has received awards from the Film Arts Foundation, The Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and The Western States Media Alliance. He is the current Wattis Foundation artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where his installation “Souls Harbor” was exhibited in Dec. In 1999 he was in-residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts where he produced several multi-projection 16mm film installations, including “Trespassing Sign” in collaboration with the late Margaret Kilgallen. In 2001 his installation “The Girl on the Train in the Moon” was included in “Widely Unknown” at Deitch Projects in New York. A veteran of the touring scene, Daniel has programmed, booked and exhibited several mobile art shows—most recently the Lucky Bum Film Tour, with partner Vanessa Renwick, which screened in over 65 cities. In 1997-98 he curated a weekly screening series, Funhouse Cinema, in Austin, that also regularly screened in Houston and San Antonio.
Daniel is also recognized for his work as cinematographer and editor for filmmaker Craig Baldwin. Other endeavors include publishing two zines—The Western Roundup, a punk fanzine in 1981-82, and Detour, a situationist journal in 1986. He is also the creator of an experimental sports league, The Texas Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Hockey Association. www.billdaniel.net
Our Ever Changing Worlds – A discussion on LGBT - Tuesday, March 24 – 3:00PM, Emergent Arts, 341 Whittington, Free and open to the public
LGBT advocate and singer/songwriter, Ryan Cassata (CA) discusses the music industry future for LGBT artists. Since coming out as transgender in his early teens,motivational speaker and singer/songwriter Ryan Cassata has become a powerful, globally recognized advocate for equality,anti-bullying, and related LGBT issues for one simple reason: “I don’t want any youth to feel alone in their journey.” Gaining initial renown for his appearances on Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show and ABC’s “Heads Up,” the multi-talented 21 year old tours the U.S. frequently, addressing tens of thousands of high school, college and university students every year on the importance of acceptance. - Free and open to the public.
The VOV Series of paintings created by Hot Springs artist Bethannie Newsom Steelman is now up for auction at Low Key Arts during The VOV Festival. The series of six painting commemorate the 11th annual VOV and proceeds go towards continuing this volunteer driven community. The works of art entitled, Gather, Secret Show, Look, Altelier, and Unplugged by Bethannie Newsom Steelman are acrylic on masonite and clear coated. Painting is back framed with quality 1″ wood for easy hanging.
The six paintings, created by Hot Springs, Arkansas artist Bethannie Newsom Steelman, to commemorate the 11th annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (The VOV). The entire series was painted by Bethannie during the months of Feburary and March 2015. Each of the six paintings references a component of VOV programming; Trail Shows, Workshops, Volunteers, Film, Low Key Arts, and Secret Shows. Bethannie volunteers as the Visual Coordinator for The VOV and has been called the Patron Saint of The VOV. She has contributed countless hours of time and energy into the volunteer driven festival.
Bethannie Newsom Steelman has had her work displayed in galleries around Hot Springs and Little Rock. You can often see her in her backyard creating elaborate landscapes with moss, rock and glass when she is not painting or searching for treasures in the forest. Place your bid at Low Key Arts during The VOV. Silent auction ends on Tuesday, March 24th at 10PM. Winner need not be present to win.
VOV Fest Passes are available now. Pricing of $50 which includes entry to all events ,VOV Teeshirt, VOV promotional poster and a laminate. SOLD OUT!
VOV Passes (poster and tshirt not included) and single day tickets will be available at Low Key Arts. Gates open at 7PM.
Jamaican Queens, My Gold Mask, Water Liars, The Memphis Dawls, Two Cow Garage, Pallbearer, PeeLander Z, Ryan Casatta, JD Wilkes, Shilpa Ray, Blacklist Royals, Swearing at Motorists, Heaters. Schwervon, Fred Thomas, The Grayces, All Eyes West, Native Lights, The Gunshy, Christian Lee Hutson, Andrew Bryant, The Mutts, Young Buffalo, Ronnie Heart, Mom Jeans, Al Scorch, Hikes, Children of Pop, White Mystery, Bruiser Queen, Triathalon, Fred Thomas, Hikes, All Eyes West, The Shivas and more!!
Single day tickets are also available here.
Low Key Arts and the Hot Springs Parks and Trails Department have partnered to bring unplugged musical performances to our city parks during The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. The “Trail Shows” series will take place at four locations around Hot Springs including The Farmers Market pavilion, Baseball Trail Park pavilion, Adair Park, and the Hollywood Park pavilion. Performances will begin at 12 noon each day and last approximately 30 minutes.
“We are thrilled to partner with Parks and Trails to bring these free
performances inside our beautiful parks. I just love the combination of acoustic music in an outdoor setting.” says Low Key Arts, Executive Director, Bill Solleder.
Scheduled to perform include JD Wilkes (Kentucky), Andrew Bryant (Mississippi), Al Scorch (Chicago) and LGBT advocate and singer/songwriter Ryan Cassata (San Fran). All shows are free and open to all ages. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
TRAIL SHOW SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 21 – JD Wilkes at the Hot Springs Farmers Market
Sunday, March 22 – Andrew Bryant at Baseball Trail Park
Monday, March 23 – Al Scorch at Adair Park (515 Central)
Tuesday, March 24 – Ryan Cassata at Hollywood Park (411 Hollywood)
The VOV, March 20-24 is powered by volunteers, fundraisers, and both private and public $support$. Without the dedicated hard work and belief in what The VOV brings to the small, quirky town of Hot Springs, The VOV wouldn’t be possible. You can support The VOV by attending one of these fundraisers, The Spa City Sweethearts Burlesque Revue, Feb 13 and 14 and The Deep Fried All U Can Eat Rock and Roll Buffet on February 27th.
The VOV and Low Key Arts are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. Support for Low Key Arts is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
James Weinberg was selected from an international search of silk screen rock poster artists to create the VOV 11th anniversary print which will be limited to 75 signed and numbered prints and available for sale during the VOV. Weinberg joins a list of internationally recognized designers who have created the VOV poster over the past 11 years including Jay Ryan, Nate Duval, Aesthetic Apparatus, and Jim Mazza to name a few. To see all of the past VOV poster designs click here.
Weinberg is a designer and artist based out of Somerville, Massachusetts. His inspiration comes from natural history, folk-art, printed ephemera, op-art and typography. Using these elements he creates layered silkscreens art prints and posters that collage discarded printed matter with patterns and original drawings.
SPRING BREAK ARKANSAS
The 11th annual VOV is set for March 20-25, 2015 – make plans now to visit Hot Springs and Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Drink the water, soak in the water, take the trails, breath the air and get in on 5 days of the best underground rock the world has to offer. Stay tuned for band announcements.