Guitarfest shines a light on local and up-and-coming musicians at the 9th annual festival

Guitarfest shines a light on local and up-and-coming musicians at the 9th annual festival

WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) — A music affiliation in East Carolina hosts its annual music competition to spotlight native and up-and-coming artists and provides again to the group.

Based on BCTMA board member Jay Costello, the annual Guitarfest competition has been hosted by The Beaufort County Conventional Music Affiliation (BCTMA) for the previous 9 years, and the competition is getting greater yearly.

“After we first began in a distinct constructing it was only a small occasion of some hours, then we are actually in it, however over the past 7-8 years lots of of individuals have come to look at the present,” Costello mentioned.

Guitarfest’s line-up consists of native and upcoming artists. Costello mentioned this is a chance for them to carry out exterior of a bar and in entrance of a bigger viewers.

“It is not about us, it is about musicians, and we have labored through the years to make this a possibility, particularly for younger musicians,” Costello mentioned.

Youthful musicians like Morgan Hudson Vickers had the chance to make their stage debut on the annual music occasion. He says he fell in love with music at a younger age and to this present day solely performs for crowds at native Greenville bars.

“Nicely, my dad purchased me my first guitar at age 11, and he is been taking part in tambourine in church ever since. At age 4, I keep in mind swinging the tambourine whereas singing This Little Mild of Mine, so music has at all times been part of my life,” Vickers mentioned.

Not solely does the occasion present leisure for the group, however this yr it’s giving again to Eagle Wing, an area meals pantry, with financial and/or canned meals donations.

The Fledhousen household got here to assist native artists and donate canned meals.

“Nicely, we introduced some cans and stuff like that, and we additionally simply wished to see the music, see what there was to see,” mentioned Keenan Fledhousen.

Costello advised WITN he desires to develop subsequent yr’s Guitarfest by providing a good wider choice of music.

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