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Huntington Music and Arts Fest planning HMAF Giveback to local schools

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

HUNTINGTON  — This year, the Huntington Music & Arts Festival, which is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept., 28 at Ritter Park Amphitheater, is starting to give back to the community that has helped it grow over its first three years.

 "Through two different missions we are attempting do our part to help ensure that young children in the Huntington area continue to receive music and art education and to contribute to Communities In Schools, a national dropout prevention program, said organizer, founder and Huntington musician Ian Thornton.

“This year we started the “HMAF Give Back Program." Partnering with Latta’s & Route 60 Music we are donating a total of $500 to the Music/Art programs of two local elementary schools. Spring Hill Elementary will receive $250 in Art supplies while Altizer Elementary will receive $250 in Music supplies,” Thornton said.

 "We also hope to grow these amounts for next year through a few different resources. 10 percent of all festival and band merchandise as well as 10 percent of all art sold at the fest will be donated to next year’s fund. We will also be going green and recycling all used cans, with bins provided by Adkins Recycling, with the raised funds also contributing to the new program. We hope to double our contribution for next year."

  Thornton said they are also contributing 5 percent of gate proceeds to the Huntington chapter of Communities In Schools.

 "They are a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life."

 You can find out more info at, http://www.communitiesinschools.org/ So make sure to bring the kids out for not only a great day of music and art, but also a great cause!. Communities In Schools www.communitiesinschools.org
 The Huntington Music and Arts Festival is a music and art-filled family friendly event.
 Children 12 and under get in free and new this year for kids is an interactive art corner as well as the interactive and one-of-a-kind musical history experience to be found inside the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame's mobile museum, which is free with admission.

  Thornton said the festival is a chance for people of all ages to come out and be inspired by the amazing, local and regional talent of the region's musicians and its visual artists.

  Starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, the festival will feature a diverse lineup of 22 indie bands and the sights of visual art of all stripes from 25 artists.

 Tickets, which are $15 advance, will go on sale Monday, Aug. 26 at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, the V Club and from any band performing. Tickets will be $20 day of show. Kids under 12 get in free.
 Bands include: The Carpenter Ants and The Greens, The Yetti Burps, Detroit-based rockers, The Muggs, Phantom Six, Rozwell Kid, Farnsworth, The Dead Leaves, Gillumesh, Coyotes in Boxes, Tyler Childers and The Highwall, Bradley Jenkins, Jay Hill (who used to back Jesco White), horror-folk writer and ace guitarist Grim Charles, the old-time string band, Modock Rounders, Aaron Brown, Colten Settle, Sean Richardson, Emily Kinner and Abbie Kimball.

 HMAF will feature Black Sheep Burrito and Brews food, Buddy's BBQ as well as drink vendors.
Go online at www.hmafestival.com or check out the Huntington Music and Arts Festival Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HMAFestival

Read an interview with the Detroit band, The Muggs in Monday’s Herald-Dispatch and read more about HMAF and other weekend festivals in Thursday’s Weekend section in the Herald-Dispatch.