BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Town of Boiling Springs and Gardner-Webb University are hosting a new music festival, Webbstock 2020, on March 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. Through the generous sponsorship of several local companies, performances feature headliner, Acoustic Syndicate, and four other bands. The event also features a street dancer, crafters, vendors, a kid zone, fireworks, and a beverage garden.
“With activities for all ages, we see this as an opportunity for the entire community to come together as one, have a great time, and exhibit community pride,” observed Boiling Springs Town Manager Lucas Shires.
Additionally, the festival comes on the day after the inauguration of Dr. William M. Downs as the 13th president of Gardner-Webb University. “With newly-elected and appointed officials at both the Town and University, there has been an increased emphasis on the relationship between the two entities as both sides see the benefits of an equitable partnership and symbiotic relationship,” Shires explained. “During a Community Engagement Committee meeting, it was recommended that we partner for a new event focusing on a potential new town slogan: ‘One Town | One University | One Community.’ Together, we can provide a higher quality, more engaging event for residents and students alike that fosters connectivity and unity in the town.”
Early on in the planning process, someone suggested Webbstock as a play on the name of the famous Woodstock music festival in the late ‘60s, said Sarah Currie, vice president of GWU Student Development. The artists were chosen by a music task force of GWU staff, students and Town representatives. The point person for the task force was Micah Martin, GWU director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development. He is a member of a local band and understands the music industry. He helped to secure the bands, based on suggestions from the group, and then created a lineup that includes various genres.
Gardner-Webb alumna, Kelli Bartick of WCCB in Charlotte, N.C., will emcee the program.
The following groups are scheduled to appear:
- 3 to 4 p.m.: Love & Valor—An emerging indie/folk-band based out of Burlington, N.C. Its influences range from classic singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to current bands such as Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie, and City and Colour.
- 4 p.m.: Tonal Spectrum—A cappella group from nearby Crest High School.
- 5 to 6 p.m.: Black Water Rhythm & Blues—Based out of Clarkton, N.C., the group plays Top 40, Blues, Funk and Country.
- 6 p.m.: TooRaw street dancer
- 6:30 p.m.: Scott Moss and the $100 Handshakes—Scott is a singer/songwriter from Shelby, N.C. His music tells the story of growing up in this all-American town with a striking, and sometimes gritty honesty.
- 8 p.m.: Acoustic Syndicate—Since 1994, this band’s unique blend of bluegrass instruments, rock sensibilities, and conscious songwriting has inspired a generation of musicians.
The stage will be located near the intersection of College Avenue and South Main Street, with South Main Street closed to traffic. Handicapped parking will be in the lot behind Webb Hall, and general parking will be in the gravel lot behind Hardee’s. Golf carts will be available to transport attendees to the festival area. The kid zone will be in front of GWU’s Noel Hall, and vendor booths will start at Quinn Circle. The beverage garden, hosted by the Broad River Greenway, will be in the parking lot at 109 S. Main Street, next to the Town Museum. The Greenway will receive the proceeds from beverage sales.
Vendor applications are still being accepted, but the current list offers a mix of local food and crafts, with a few businesses advertising their services. “We have pottery, jewelry, kettle corn, ice cream, burgers, barbecue, gelato, and others,” Shires noted.
Festival sponsors are: Gold—Bank OZK, Boiling Springs Tourism Development Authority, Turner Trucking, WCCB Charlotte, and media sponsor, WNCW Spindale, N.C.; Silver—Nelon Cole Pest Control, Professional Pharmacy, and Maxwell B. Hamrick Insurance Agency Inc.; and Bronze—HST Inc., Boiling Springs Florist, Brad Gilbert-Farm Bureau Insurance, Lock Tite Storage, Condrey Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.