Did someone say…white people in Indian headdresses doing stimulants in the California desert? You mean… Coachella? Not quite! We’re talking about Ohiolina, the local music festival that’s happening this weekend at Ariel Foundation Park presumably featuring less cultural appropriation and recreational drug use. I went my freshman year and had a bomb pulled pork sandwich and jammed out to some banjo bops.
I talked to senior Kenyon student and Ohiolina intern, Sydney Kapelus, about Ohiolina and her experience as an intern for the festival.
Can you explain what Ohiolina is?
Ohiolina is a celebration of the music and culture rooted in the I-77 corridor from Ohio to North Carolina—two states with similar histories and each with unique contributions to the arts. The musical influence of the I-77 corridor, a portion of Appalachia dotted with mining towns and anchored by two states with robust creative economies, brings us the banjo, fiddle and guitar. The culinary influence of the region brings us local farming — a trend for some, but a long-established way of life for those in the agriculturally rich regions of North Carolina and Ohio.
What kind of music is featured?
This year’s festival includes an incredible lineup of ten exceptional folk, rock, Americana and bluegrass acts coming together from all across the country, including Nikki Lane, The Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Charlie Parr, and so many more incredible bands and musicians.
Along with the music, there will be food trucks and beer and wine from some of Ohio and North Carolina’s best breweries and wineries. There will also be several arts & crafts vendors, including a record sale by our very own WKCO!
What made you want to get involved in the festival?
Interning with the Ohiolina team this summer was such an incredible experience. Ohiolina is incredible in the ways in which it highlights local, regional, and national talent and brings economic and cultural development to Mount Vernon and central Ohio. The festival’s founders, Chris Koenig and Sarah Trafford Koenig, are so passionate about the festival and really want people to come together and enjoy the music and the food from the two regions in a family-friendly setting. I am so happy I was able to play a part in planning this year’s festival, and I can’t wait to see it all in action this weekend!
Is there transportation for Kenyon students?
Kenyon students will be able to take the purple line KAT shuttle, on the regular schedule, with a stop by Ariel Foundation Park.
$5 weekend passes for students using discount code “kenyonstudent”