FloodFest in Foster is a jam for the whole fam

FloodFest in Foster is a jam for the whole fam

FloodFest closes out every year with the classic rock band STEVE MALEC AND THE ELECTRIC FLOOD. FloodFest organizer Kyle Hardendorf said last year closed out with a “magical” cover of “Hotel California.”

FOSTER – Put together a healthy serving of classic rock, a dose of funk and folk, and a good amount of country, blues and bluegrass and it becomes FloodFest 2019, the homegrown festival featuring a day of local music happening at Little Rhody Vasa Park on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The 6th annual outdoor concert is returning this year with its namesake, Steve Malec and the Electric Flood, headlining after 10 hours of music from local bands on two stages.

FloodFest organizer Kyle Hardendorf said the one-day event has grown every year since its beginning in 2012 and this year intends to bring the same level of talented musicians as ever.

“This is top, grade A talented musicians. Some of the best musicians in all of the state of Rhode Island. You may not have heard them before, but you’ll be blown away by all of these artists,” Hardendorf said.

Hardendorf said he and his friend Steve Malec began FloodFest as a way to get all the local bands together in one setting. The pair chose Little Rhody Vasa Park, 10 Boswell Trail in Foster, as the ideal spot for the all-day event.

He said many of the bands have played together at other locations, and are friendly with each other.

“We all kind of wanted something where we all played together. Now we’re kind of here and it has been a lot of fun,” Hardendorf said.

Every year brings a variety of guitar-based music with jam-band vibes. New this year is the hip-hop and jazz group Toad and the Stooligans that feature rap in their music.

Also new this year, there will be two stages to create a seamless transition of ongoing music throughout the day. Hardendorf said as one band plays, another will set up on the new stage.

Vasa Park will sell food, which Hardendorf said is excellent every year. He said to expect burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches, sides and drinks. He said beer and alcohol will be sold as well.

Attendants are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and picnic lunches and Hardendorf said picnic tables will be available as well. He said the event is “very family-friendly.”

All profits from ticket sales will go to the bands, so Hardendorf said FloodFest is an excellent opportunity to support local musicians.

“They’re not there for the money. They’re there to play for people who will really enjoy it,” Hardendorf said.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and music begins at noon. No outside alcohol is permitted.

The FloodFest 19 lineup includes Mountaindale at noon, Ray Cooke at 1 p.m., Rah at 2 p.m., Red Hot Rascals at 3 p.m., Tai Chi Funk Squad at 4 p.m., Infinite Groove at 5 p.m., BHB at 6 p.m., Nolan Leite Experience at 7 p.m., Slurp at 8 p.m., Toad & The Stooligans at 9 p.m. and Steve Malec & The Electric Flood at 10 p.m.

Tickets are available at the front gate and online at https://tinyurl.com/y5letuf7 for $20. Children 12 and under are free.