RevFest art and music festival has Crestview roots

RevFest 2014 New Earth Army

RevFest 2014 host band New Earth Army members are Chavis Hobbs, guitar; Carly Foster, vocals; Michael Flatau, bass; Josh Zook, saxophone; and Jacoby Jackson, drums. Ben Jackson is not pictured.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 07:57 AM.

The second annual RevFest may take place on March 15 in Fort Walton Beach, but its roots lie with a Crestview band leader.

Michael Flatau, New Earth Army's bass player, said he and fellow band members were driving back from a Tallahassee gig and started discussing the need for more opportunities to connect local bands with local audiences.

"We said, 'You know what, we need to do our own festival. We need to so something in Okaloosa County,'" Flatau said.

With backing from KC's SandBar and Grill in Fort Walton Beach, the first day-long Revolution of Art and Music Festival, shortened to RevFest, was held last year during a drenching downpour.

"It was awesome," Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce executive assistant Jennifer Pierson and RevFest volunteer said. "It poured rain but we packed KC's all day long. We had a lot of fun."

Pierson described the music attendees will hear at RevFest as "jam band stuff — kind of bluesy, some reggae, some funk sound."

Two chamber members, UpBeat Music in Crestview and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, will be integral; the former will lend sound equipment expertise and the latter will benefit from some of the ticket proceeds.

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