It’s the last weekend in June, which means that ComFest has finally arrived.
The free music and arts festival is descending on Goodale Park for three days of Columbus love, painted women, community involvement and incense.
It’s tough to narrow down a festival with such an extensive lineup to a few paragraphs, but here are a few highlights anyway.
Friday night’s main stage headliners The Worn Flints (8:55) and Bummers (9:55) will be a powerful duo of back-to-back hard rock. The Worn Flints channel the psychedelic blues side of classic rock, while Bummers take a no-nonsense approach to punk with a fuzzy aesthetic.
Also on the main stage Friday are The Pleasant Tense (6:00), a jazzy soul outfit lead by vocalist Marnee Richardson.
On the Jazz Stage, world-renowned blues guitarist and winner of the International Blues Competition Sean Carney will be teaming up and jamming out with Spanish blues guitarist Tonky de la Peña (7:50).
When Saturday rolls around, be sure to catch Columbus legends Willie Phoenix and the Soul Underground on the main stage (6:20), and rising jazz fusion band Safety Squad on the Jazz Stage around the same time (6:00).
Earlier in the day, surf punks SHVS will be tearing down the Offramp Stage with their blend of dense chords and headbanging rhythms (1:00).
And if you’re planning on spending all day at the festival, you can start your morning with Rise and Shine Yoga at the Healing Arts Stage (9:00a).
Come Sunday, be sure to hit the Gazebo Stage for a dose of foot-stomping bluegrass from talented Columbus musicians The Shady Grovers (4:00), or the Jazz Stage for a taste of samba from Canta Brasil (4:10).
And closing out the festival on the main stage is the band (614) Magazine readers voted their favorite in Columbus, Mojoflo.
Of course, this is only a small sample of the many acts performing at Comfest this year–where your new favorite band might still be undiscovered by Columbus at-large.
Whether you’re a music lover or a people watcher, a childhood attendee or a first-timer, this Columbus staple is absolutely worth the trip.
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