Here’s What to Expect at WayneFest this Weekend

Madison RutherfordNovember 15, 2019
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Following a successful first year featuring 800 festivalgoers and five local bands raising funds for North High School’s music program, the Coronado Historic District’s micro-music festival, WayneFest, will return to Coronado Park on Saturday, November 16 from 3 to 9 p.m. A $20 ticket includes two samples from local eateries like Gallo Blanco, Ollie Vaughn’s, The Larder + the Delta, Taco Chelo and Belly. Four Peaks is also partnering with the festival to provide beer and wine for purchase. Here’s a look at this year’s music lineup.

According to its website, this Phoenix foursome churns out “intergalactic neo-soul.” The band is comprised of guitarist Cassidy Hilgers, keyboardist Carly Bates, bassist Brenden McBride and  drummer Astrud Aurelia.

The Haymarket Squares
This Coronado quintet bills itself as “Arizona’s finest purveyors of punkgrass.” High-octane punk energy pairs with bluegrass harmonies to create a truly unique sound. The band started as a trio in 2009 and has since played more than 500 shows across the globe. The fiddling fivesome includes Mark Sunman (vocals, mandolin and accordion), Marc Oxborrow (vocals and bass), Mark Allred (vocals, slide guitar and harmonica), Greg Wingard (vocals and guitar) and Rudy Cortese (banjo).

Hot House Orchids
If you’re looking for groovy, feel-good pop, Hot House Orchids fits the bill. “We write, record and perform fun, sincere music,” proclaims the band’s Facebook. Keyboardist John Luther, guitarist Mike Logan, bassist Gabe Santillan and drummer Aaron Hjarlmarson make up this peppy, powerhouse.

American Longspurs
Zachary Zimmerman, Drew Switzer, Chester Carmer, Nick Pawlowski and John Churchill come together to create a distinctive brand of country rock. The local alt-Americana legends cite outlaw country crooners like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck as influences, but they have a sound all their own.

This local trio, consisting of drummer Anthony Martin, bassist Margi Ellis and guitarist and vocalist Joey Bartoleit, will pump up the crowd with its pure rock and roll sound. According to Bartoleit, the band is influenced by ‘80s underground and punk outfits like The Clash and Iggy Pop.

Coronado Park
1717 N. 12th St., Phoenix

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