The first day of June marks the sixth, and the last, celebration of Lovefest.
The benefit that started five years ago when David W. Love, a Jamestown High School graduate, died after suffering a pulmonary embolism, will be held for the final time this June.
According to Shawn Sprankle, event organizer, the decision to not continue the show next year was made after a discussion with Leann, Love's mother, who felt the fifth anniversary of her son's passing would be an appropriate time to have one last show.
Thoughts In Reverse
"We've always had huge support from the local music scene who have continued to support us, and that's why we've continued to do the show," said Sprankle "I think we decided it was appropriate to end it because everyone that was there from the start is essentially starting to move forward in their lives. But, I'm really excited because everything lined up really well this year, like the venue, we got a lot of the bands we wanted and sponsorship support. I feel like it's going to be the perfect environment for one last show."
Lovefest was started in 2008 by Sebe Margaglio, who was a close friend of Love's. Margaglio put a benefit concert together in a matter of three weeks that received such overwhelming success that the David W. Love Memorial Scholarship was created via the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The scholarship of $500 is awarded to JHS graduating seniors who exhibit passion in the study of history, music and education. Thus far, more than $11,000 has been awarded to graduating JHS students.
"After the show happened they were excited about how it went and decided to do it again the following year," said Sprankle. "Every year we try to make improvements, and this year what's really nice is that the show is at The Willow Bay Theater - which I'm really excited about. It's a gorgeous venue, and it's probably one of my favorites."
The doors of Lovefest are scheduled to open at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at The Willow Bay Theater, 21 E. Third St. in Jamestown. The first band will take the stage at 3 p.m., and the live entertainment will continue until 11 p.m. Admission is $10, and tickets are only available at the door.
This year's lineup includes a variety of local and regional acts such as: Artifice, progressive and metal of Jamestown; Cinema Sleep, epic and alternative of Cincinnati, Ohio; Down With The Buffalo, funk, jam, ska and reggae of Jamestown; Elemantra, sludgegaze, alternative rock and metal of Salamanca; Eyeless Abomination, metal of Bradford, Pa.; Hi-Fidelity, alternative and rock of Jamestown; Legion, metal and hardcore of Columbus, Ohio; Love, Robot, alternative and rock of Long Island; Mike Brunacini and The Silktones, pop-rock singer-songwriter of Jamestown; Paris, alternative and rock of Lowell, Mass.; Rat Ivy, indie and blues of Jamestown; and Thoughts In Reverse, metal, hardcore and progressive of Syracuse.
"Dave listened to a variety of music, so when I sit down to put together a lineup of bands I try to think of what are good bands that are going to have local draw and what bands Dave would have listened to," said Sprankle. "For Artifice, one of the local bands, this will actually be their first show. It's Brandon Hawley, of Discidium, and a couple of other local musicians. I'm really excited to see them get up on stage and perform for the first time."
Sponsors of the event include: Something Beautiful Tattoos & Piercings, Farm Fresh Foods, the Love family, Jeremy's Bel-View, Moore Auto Repair/TV Repair, Pal Joey's, Unique Sales & Auctions, Yarn For Ewe and I've Been Framed.
"Sponsors are a huge part of what we do - I can't stress that enough - because that's how we pay for everything," said Sprankle. "Farm Fresh Foods has been a major supporter as headlining sponsor last year and this year. Something Beautiful Tattoos & Piercings is another headlining sponsor this year. Without them the show wouldn't be possible."
To make a donation to the David W. Love Memorial Scholarship, contact the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit crcfonline.org.
For more information search for "Lovefest Volume 6" on Facebook.