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Crooked Lake whets your appetite with music fest

Nick Braun

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 7, 2021

The Crooked Lake Sandbar Music Festival has announced the musical acts that will be hitting the stage at this year’s event. The festival is celebrating its eighth year on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, with a local and regional lineup that will be sure to satisfy all. 

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, singer-songwriter Julia James takes the stage along with the party band Rekt. On Saturday, music begins at 11 a.m. with performances by The Band Brother, The Brothers Footman, TBC-The Band Cheyenne, and Clayton Anderson

The event will be hosted by DJ Double K and WANE  15’s Natalie Clydesdale. All together, the fun-filled family event benefits local charities like the Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County. So it’s more than just a party, it’s for a cause. 

CarnEvil Festival of metal 

The Muse on Main is opening its doors to a two-day music festival on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, starting at 5 p.m. CarnEvil is a demonic carnival experience that is themed around horror and metal. 

There will be side show acts, costumes, and 20 metal bands including Cremated Souls, Voice of Sylas, Pharohound, Slokill, Sleep Tight, Salem’s Childe, Hidden Dagger, and Filth Spewer

If you have friends traveling in for CarnEvil, make sure to tell them that both downtown Courtyard and Hampton have special rates for the event. Go to for details and tickets. 

There will be an after party across the street at The Ruin on Saturday beginning around 9 p.m. with even more live music by Rattlesnake Mafia, Slokill, 9th Circle Symphony, Porn Pastor, and Split the Sea

The Spirit of the ’80s

Speaking of The Ruin, they are set to host glam rockers Wildstreet on Wednesday, April 21, when they bring their “Kings of the World Tour” to town. 

These New Yorkers are all about sing-along choruses, blazing guitar solos, and powerful melodies, reminiscent of ’80s arena rock. 

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2009, the band has performed at major festivals such as Rocklahoma, SXSW, and M3 Rock Festival. They even made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. with local openers Namen Namen and Jonah Leatherman. There will be a $15 cover at the door. 

Piere’s brings the local rock

Have you checked out the newly reopened Piere’s yet? With an array of shows on their calendar, you certainly have opportunities to do so. 

One show just announced will feature a handful of local rock/metal acts taking the stage on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. 

The haymaker of a lineup includes Blood from a Stone, Static Fly, Moments After, and Driven Enemy. General admission tickets are $5, reserved balcony $10, and premium reserved balcony $15. Those can be purchased via


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