ParksFest to feature local artists

Kayla Hands
Thunder Dreamer, a local Evansville artist will perform at ParksFest Music Festival Saturday at 5 p.m.

Update: The location of ParksFest has been moved from Garvin Park to the Old National Events Plaza at 715 Locust St. in Downtown Evansville.

The Evansville ParksFest Music Festival will overtake Garvin Park for the fourth year in a row.

ParksFest is an all-day festival free of charge that focuses on engaging community and bringing awareness to the city parks.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

More than 10,000 people attended ParksFest in 2016, which featured local artists, food vendors, art vendors, a beer garden and activities for children.

This year, the festival will feature artists such as Deer Tick, Adia Vitoria, Thunder Dreamer, Calabash and Friends, Kelo Kaddafi w/ Murphy’s Horizion, The Jangle Sheep, Salt the Earth, and Kenna Elpers.

Kenna Elpers will open the festival at 11 a.m.

Elpers is an emerging country and southern rock artist from Evansville and a sophomore at North Posey high school.

In an interview with News4U, Elpers said she began her music career toward the end of elementary school. Elpers said she began performing at locally at places such as Haubstadt, Sommerfest, Posey County Fair and Fall Festival Amateur Hour.

Since then, Elpers has made appearances at venues all over Evansville, Nashville and Chicago.

ParksFest will just be another avenue for Elpers to showcase her talent.

“This is the first time I will be performing at ParksFest,” Elpers said. “They asked me if I would want to perform and I was really excited to be part of it.”

Kayla Hands
Jangle Sheep, a local band, will perform at the ParksFest Music Festival Saturday at 1 p.m.

Elpers said her dream is to become a big name in country music.

“It’s nice to be able to come to a venue and see everyone when you are on stage and meet new people,” Elpers said. “It’s just a fun little thing that I enjoy doing.”

Kayla Hands said she is obsessed with music.

The junior interactive media major has often gone to music festivals to take pictures of the artists and said it combines two of her favorite things.

While Hands has been to multiple other venues, this will be the first year she will attend ParksFest.

“It’s important to support local artists,” Hands said. “It’s also an important part of community, in my opinion. Music has this way of bringing people together to support people who are trying to do what they love.”

Hands said events such as ParksFest are a great way to meet people who you might not know have the same taste of music as you.

“One of my favorite feelings in the world is when an artist is on stage and everyone in the crowd singing or holding up their cell-phone flashlights,” Hands said. “No feeling replaces that.”