Medford – Today the Rockafest music festival is being held at Pear Blossom Park, where proceeds are donated to Access to help families affected by the fires. The event features 21 local bands, food trucks and commercial vendors.
Rockafest is hosted by Rockafairy, a non-profit instrument library and community recording studio. A one-stop-shop for musicians who want a mentoring, recording and practice space. Today, they want to celebrate local Rogue Valley artists by giving them a space to perform and connect with the community to elevate the music scene.
“Rockafest is a celebration of local art in the local community and music, and to be able to bring that here and show what we’re capable of is fantastic. We fly it under the Rockafairy flag but in all honesty, it’s is Medford. It’s the community of Medford that’s able to pull it all together,” says Shane Ross, President and Founder of Rockafairy.
He said they wanted to make sure they supported the community, any proceeds generated here will be donated to Access.
Tristan Jensen Moonbow, lead member of Moonbow, says sharing music with the public is an incredible opportunity for local bands.
“It’s just amazing to be able to share this experience with everyone and to be able to be a part of that is a big deal and we’re trying to bring music to people who don’t necessarily have access to it, so we’re doing the free shows and all that,” says Moonbow.
The commercial vendors that lined the park were also proud to be here and support the community – Sarah Madden, owner of Desert Highway Boutique, said she was trying to grow her business when the Almeda fire broke out .
“We kind of took a step back because everyone was looking for trailers at that time. Everyone coming out and supporting means a lot to us,” Madden says.
With Rockafest partnerships, this family event supports the community one note at a time.