By Shirley Griffith
August 14, 2018
This Saturday, Petra’s will host Yeah Fest, a 14 band festival with proceeds going to OurBRIDGE, a non-profit that provides refugee and immigrant children with support through afterschool and summer programs. Yeah Fest was coordinated by local musician Jacob Taylor after Petra’s co-owner Perry Fowler gave him the opportunity to have a go at his first ever curated festival lineup. Initially starting as a bill for his friends, the fest quickly evolved into a gathering of local and regional musicians offering up their services to support OurBRIDGE. Because the non-profit is for children, Yeah Fest will be all-ages from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. “I wanted the show to be all ages for as long in the day as possible because the money is going to children so it only makes sense to welcome those who wouldn’t normally get the chance to catch one of these bands.”
Taylor was drawn to OurBRIDGE as the non-profit of choice for Yeah Fest because it ties perfectly with the community aspects of his grander scheme. Taylor points out, “The whole thing is about community and these people are a part of our community. I grew up here in Plaza when it wasn’t the hip, richer place it is now and I know first-hand that the school systems in the area are lacking. OurBRIDGE can hold up to 700 children but right now their enrollment is only around 150 because they lack the funding and resources needed for more enrollment. If Yeah Fest can give even a couple more kids availability to the OurBRIDGE resources, it will be worth it.”
Petra’s is unique because the venue wraps around as a full circle, allowing people to roam freely from both the inside stage and the impressive outside back patio which boasts an adjacent tap room full of local craft beers. Taylor has carefully crafted the schedule so each of the bands inside or outside can fully showcase their individual sounds, calling the indoor artists the “inhale” and the outdoor artists the “exhale.” When curating the bands, Taylor says it was all about creating a certain concentric vibe of “art-forward fun” which he’d like to emulate in future events. “I want to break down a feeling of a clique or that one person belongs here over another person, I want everyone to feel included. We’re all in this one spot and even though there are differing genres at play, I believe the intention of art and fun helps to bring people together.” Expanding on this thinking, Taylor is inspired to make Yeah Fest a launching pad for many more community-based events. “People should enjoy what they’re doing and love being where they are. You should be able to go somewhere and not know exactly what to expect but know that you’ll have a good time and art is the central tie in all of that,” Taylor said.
Taylor is blown away by the complete lineup and readiness of contributing musicians donating their time and skills throughout the day. He’s especially pleased with bands like Raleigh’s Heavensend and Geenville’s atmospheric folk band, Apricot Blush, who are travelling to the Queen City specifically for Yeah Fest.
Be on the lookout for upcoming events put on by the Yeah Group, which quite simply, is a group of anyone that says “yeah” to trying something new. “Basically, I’m standing here saying I want to do this thing, does anyone else want to be involved? There’s room to grow and people listen and plan together so that whoever says “Yeah!” is ready to actively work to strengthen the community through art-forward fun.
Yeah Fest happens on Saturday August 18. Doors open at 3 p.m. All ages 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (under 21 must be out of the venue by 7:30 p.m.). $10 advance, $12 day, and a $3 surcharge under 21.
Check out the full lineup:
Check out more from the Facebook event page.