Flo.Wav Music and Arts Festival brings 'good vibes' to Palm Coast
Headbangers sporting an assortment of tie-dye T-shirts, mohawks, leather vests and more rocked out in a mosh pit as Palm Coast punk/grunge/rock band The NED performed on the Palm Coast Arts Foundation stage.
Bringing the “good vibes” of music festivals to Palm Coast, Flo.Wav Music and Arts Festival 2 showcased 43 bands from noon to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the PCAF stage in Town Center. Flo.Wav bandmates Conor Bertha and Dylan Parra, of Palm Coast, brought their festival vision to life last summer in St. Augustine with an event featuring 13 bands, but they grew it exponentially this year.
For $5, festival-goers could watch a handful of local musicians and bands, including Blüm, SupaChase, MNBND, Dutch Martins, 2Chill, Matt Curly, Nate Utley and Flo.Wav during the festival. The music genres featured sounds such as EDM, hardcore, alternative rock, jazzy funk, rock, rap, hip-hop and country.
Both originally drummers, Bertha and Parra have collaborated in their duo band “Flo.Wav” for the last 1.5 years. They sing, rap, play guitar, drums, bass and keyboard during local gigs in venues from Jacksonville to Daytona Beach.
The pair said support from their families has been instrumental in running the festival.
“We’ve got the whole family out here. We’re lucky; we’re blessed,” Parra said. “We’ve been doing this for a while. And we wanted to do something new in the place, so we figured this would be perfect.”
“My pregnant wife is out there,” Bertha added.
The ticket booth racked in around $1,100, and the Flo.Wav merchandise tent raised about $200. Bertha and Parra also sold 1,300 tickets total to the 43 featured bands so they could sell them on their own for $5 a ticket to make money themselves after paying a $25 fee to be in the festival. The festival earnings will go toward making next year's event bigger and better.
PCAF Executive Director Nancy Crouch said she was grateful the festival organizers chose the PCAF stage for the event venue.
“We want to open up the community to our site, so that means giving the younger demographic a way to showcase their art in whatever forms that may be,” she said.
Attendees cooled off at the misting tent, listened to acts at three stage areas and snacked on grub from local vendors.
“Everybody is just excited to be here, excited to share their craft, excited to experience everybody else’s,” Bertha said.
Next year, Parra and Bertha hope to even attract some national music acts to the festival, which they want to hold in Palm Coast again in the summer.
“You really have to establish a reputation as a festival and get artists to want to come,” Bertha said.