JOPLIN, Mo. —
No way things are getting canceled this time.
Days before a LoveDaze event booked for April at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, a miscommunication led to the event getting canceled, said Ben Bauder, organizer of the festival.
The cancellation gave the Joplin-based record company, Loveway Records, time to plan a bigger event with more variety. Past LoveDaze events featured primarily techno and hip-hop.
“We’re definitely branching out from the past,” Bauder said. “LoveDaze was getting stuck with that rave schtick. We want to be multi-genre, and focused on variety.”
The lineup for Saturday’s LoveDaze features a true variety of musical acts, from metal to country. It will be held outdoors at Riverside by Hollyhaven.
The concert’s lineup is the definition of variety. Scheduled acts include:
- Never Shout Never (7:10 p.m.), the pop band that made Loveway Records owner and lead singer Christofer Drew a household name and MTV star. The band has recently completed work on “Indigo,” a new album due out soon.
- Remnants (9:30 p.m.), a Joplin-based metal band. The quintet recorded its first full-length album and will release it through Loveway later this year.
- Frindli Quinnli (11 p.m.), a trip-hop rapper.
- The Kat Niles Band (6:10 p.m.), a country band based out of Webb City.
- Puddle Waltz (3:10 p.m.), an acoustic band from Wichita, Kan.
- Last Chance Casanova (3:40 p.m.), a rock band from Joplin that recently signed with a branch of Capitol Records.
Other musicians scheduled to perform on two stages include Of Course Not, My Rotten Self, Third Party, Falcon Family Native American Dancers, New Poor Rappers, Conflicts, As Shadows Collapse, Manny Fresh, Calico, Mr. Kristopher, Gonzo, Poet, Pamu, AC-130 and Avery.
Instrument-based bands will perform throughout the day and evening, then electronic and techno artists will close out the show until 2 a.m. Sunday.
“We’ll save the crazy lights for the electronic, hip-hop stuff,” Bauder said.
Riverside at Hollyhaven turned out to be the perfect venue for the concert, Bauder said. The facility already has two stages wired for power, and has hosted events before.
Riverside offers camping and swimming. Food from Mohaska Farmhouse and Pepaw’s Kitchen will be available. Though JB’s will run a bar for those 21 and older, the event is an all-ages event.
“We originally planned to have this in a field of someone we knew,” Bauder said. “But this was just too perfect. It will be a hot day and people will want to cool off.”
Bauder said he is anticipating a crowd of at least 1,000. Presales of tickets have gone to customers as far away as Arizona and New York.
Loveway is also working with more local artists. Me Like Bees, a prominent local band, recently entered into an agreement with Loveway to record a full-length album, though contract details have yet to be determined, Bauder said. The label is working to find more local artists, because the talent pool in Joplin is rich, he said.
“We’re keeping it local, because there’s so much talent in this area,” Bauder said. “Me Like Bees is a staple around here. We love them so much, we wanted to hook up and put a record out with them.”
As Loveway grows, it plans to keep focusing on local bands, promoting their shows, releasing their albums and helping them grow, Bauder said Ñ much like Drew and Never Shout Never did.
“We’re staying active locally,” he said. “I know that a lot of these artists are going to catch on nationally, if we just focus on what we’re doing right now. Time will pay out.”
Want to go?
LoveDaze 3 will be held from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Riverside by Hollyhaven, located at Coyote and McClelland roads in southwest Joplin.
Tickets: $12. Camping: $12. Attendees wearing a Loveway Records shirt are eligible to attend a meet-and-greet with Never Shout Never.