All good things must come to an end, especially the summer. So why not go out with a bang?
The Westlake Porter Public Library will host the third annual Westlake Music Festival in collaboration with the Westlake Recreation Center on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m a musician. I see the power of music and how it can move people,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels, whose band, The Screaming Armadillos, will be playing the event. “I’ve been performing music in libraries for most of my career, so in my spare time I would play other library systems and festivals. When I think about what ways can we expand into the community, music was a natural fit.”
The festival will feature seven acts split between two days.
Saturday will feature sets from Johnny Elvis and the Crown Electrics (Elvis cover band), Red Light Roxy (Swing), Funkology (rock), and Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys (country) as the headliner.
Sunday the rec center will host rock bands The Screaming Armadillos, Eddie and the Edsels and Key West Express. The rec will also have Cruisin’ Westlake, where residents can look at more than 100 vintage cars.
Both days will start at 2 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. with food trucks at both events. Due to construction, Mangels suggests parking at the post office, across the street from the library, or Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road.
Originally, the library held the festival on Labor Day weekend, but poor attendance prompted the date change. Mangels presented the idea of combining the festival and the rec’s summer concert series and it took off from there.
This is the perfect time to celebrate summer with the community before fall arrives, Mangels said.
“The library is a place where people connect, get information and share ideas. Music can do both of those things,” he said. “Come to a really fun event where you can connect with your community and maybe meet somebody new. It’s a common ground.”
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