Lower Case Blues is one of the big names at the inaugural LoDel Music & Arts Festival at 16 Mile Brewery, Saturday. Pictured is Jake Banaszak (lead guitar) on the M&T Bank Grandstand at the Delaware State Fair in August.

A new attraction will get underway in Georgetown at 16 Mile Brewery on Saturday.

A new attraction will get underway in Georgetown at 16 Mile Brewery on Saturday.

The LoDel Music & Arts Festival will feature more than two dozen musical acts across three stages, including popular acts Lower Case Blues and Bryan Russo & the Tragic Figures. There will be food and arts vendors, family-friendly games and an indoor art gallery.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the local and international humanitarian efforts of the Shauna Rose Kaufman Foundation. This includes supporting arts programs in Delaware and relief efforts for the survivors of this year's earthquakes in Nepal.

LoDel is the brainchild of Millsboro residents Tyler Greene and David Luna, two guys who have partnered with 16 Mile and the Town of Georgetown for this new festival.

"It's called LoDel because it's in lower Delaware and it's about local culture, and that culture is comprised of every genre of music and art that you can imagine," Luna said. "It's every kind of food from every culture you can imagine."

UNBREAKABLE ART

There will be artwork on display from vendors representing a wide variety of mediums at the festival. Stained glass pieces from Molly Pratt, who will make the drive from Kent County to Georgetown for the inaugural festival, will be on there.

"I'm very excited," said Pratt of Woodside." It's great to be coming together with art, music and the entire community."

The works Pratt will display will include fish, a lighthouse, an eagle and Celtic mandala.

Her artwork is unique because "it lasts forever," she said. "It's such a classic art. I don't think [stained glass] ever goes out of style."

LoDel aims to pay tribute to the unsung heroes who have helped to make the state's art scene cool.

"It seems there hasn't been a celebration of those people," said Greene, who will perform at the festival. "There are many creative, talented people in Delaware and they deserve to be celebrated."

TREADING NEW GROUND

Prior to organizing LoDel, Greene and Luna have organized multiple music-based events through SOMETHING Art, a group they co-founded in 2014.

The mission of SOMETHING Art is to "bring people together for the sake of personal and creative growth through the exchange of ideas, art and public events," Luna said.

This past March the group presented the music and art festival March for Change, which attracted an estimated 250 people to Bedford Park in Georgetown, Greene said.

"It was much smaller in scale compared to LoDel," Luna explained. "But it was all in the same spirit of us just spreading the arts and creating community."

Considering Luna and Greene have a history of organizing music events in Sussex County, the idea of hosting the festival on 16 Mile's grounds made sense to Sarah Dickinson, media and events director for the brewery.

"We had been looking to host a music festival for quite some time," Dickinson said of the brewery. "When David and Tyler approached me with the idea, and with their knowledge and expertise of planning of music festivals, the partnership was a no-brainer."

The goal is for LoDel to become an annual celebration, Luna said.


MUSIC LINEUP

Bryan Russo and the Tragic Figurines; Lower Case Blues; Conjunction Funktion; Poor Yorick; Tweed; Plot Twist; Tobacco Shack; Modern Day Addiction; Bullbuckers; Electric Smoke; Nuclear Family; They Say We're Sinking; Melissa Alessi; KT Tuminello; Tyler Greene; Justin McNatt; The Sly Foxes; Taylor Kraus; Clifford Keith; Slinging Daisies; Doug Myers; Paper Waves; Bryan Scar; Chill and the Rabbits; Edwin Santos; Dayne Melvin; Keenan Gebhart; Bob Jones Jr.

IF YOU GO

WHAT LoDel Music & Arts Festival

WHEN Noon to 11 p.m., Saturday

WHERE 16 Mile Brewery, 413 S. Bedford St., Georgetown

COST $25; free for children ages 12 or younger

INFO Visit lodelfestival.com or call 253-8816