Diverse, family-friendly lineup celebrates collaboration with music, food, yoga and more

Be sure to join the community celebration on Saturday, March 12 from 11:00am-10:00pm. An after-party will also be held at Musica.

by Noor Hindi

If the name Big Love Fest doesn’t get you excited, try Acid Cats, free food, yoga and community workshops.

“Expect 12 hours of music, full scale art installations, community building workshops, poets, theatrical performances, cooking demos, MC’s, local food, various healing opportunities, and many conversations about how to heal our city,” says organizer Elizabeth Vild.

The daylong celebration is expected to kick off at 11:00am with an opening ceremony. After that, 12 bands and musicians will be featured, as well as performances from Wandering Aesthetics, African Connection and local poet John Burton.

The event is family friendly and welcome to kids of all ages.

Big Love logo by Michael Marras

Big Love logo by Michael Marras

“Big Love Fest is the hearth fire of Akron, where people can collaborate, congregate, communicate and celebrate their ideas and special talents while setting the stage to build the best Akron we can build,” says Vild. “Expect to be engaged throughout all three floors of Summit Art Space.”

Visitors can look forward to listening to Gretchen Pleuss and Band, Rhode St. Rude Boys, Angie Haze Project, The Help and the Hands, Roger Riddle, Chris Hatton, Mary White Experience, A Minus, Light of the Loon, Acid Cats, Zach and the Bright Lights and Shivering Timbers.

Community workshops will be held on the community stage by Jason Segedy, Elizabeth Vild, PR Miller as the Grizzled Wizard of Waste Not Want Not, and a discussion panel about Akron’s Caring economy.

“Various art, craft, and nonprofit vendors [will be available] throughout the building,” says Vild. “The healing space [will also] feature the healing modalities of yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, interfaith, tea lounge, [and a] sacred space.”

While all of that is happening, community members will also be able to share a story with The Akronist, participate in a discussion about neighborhood identity with Torchbearers, and eat great local food which will be provided by Ms Julie’s Kitchen, Mustard Seed Market, Mo’ Bites, Three Sisters Momo, Coffee Pot Café, Wabi Sabi Food Truck, Earth Energy Sustainable Treats, and the Western Fruit Basket.

“Big Love Networks’ goal for our city is to empower Akronites to steward their place. Through people-care, earth-care and fair share, we can reimagine our city to model more regenerative natural systems to create a thriving heart-centered, caring economy,” says Vild.


Featured image: Big Love organizers from left to right: Beth Vild, Zach Freidhof, Caitlin Boyle, Megan Shane, David Swirsky, Jessica Myers, Kristie Leahy (PHOTO: Svetla Morrison/ The Devil Strip)


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