The Davis Music Festival returned for the first time this weekend after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic featuring local, regional and touring artists to benefit local non-profit arts organizations .
Director Kyle Monhollen noted that the festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend.
“It started in 2011 as a very small event with two stages and we didn’t expand to three days, 40 bands and nine stages,” Monhollen told Delta of Venus – one of nine stage locations – on Saturday. located at 122 B St. in Davis. “It’s a labor of love. Everyone involved who is not a musician or sound technician is a volunteer. We do it simply because we love live music and bring something positive and joyful to our community.
Dozens of attendees and passers-by filled the outdoor seats of the bar and lined the sidewalks outside the venue to listen to several musicians perform music, some of which were original songs.
For Davis High School student Marcos Zaragoza, the event was a great opportunity to get on stage and do just that. He performed an original song called “Stars up in September” to end his approximately 30-minute set accompanied by his brother, Adrian.
“I had a lot of support from my family,” the 17-year-old pointed out. “My uncle helped me learn guitar, sing and write songs.
Additionally, he noted that he and his brother had been doing school talent shows since they were in elementary school.
Zaragoza’s stage name is The One Train, which he says is a New York City subway line that runs past his aunt and uncle’s house.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” he said of the music festival. “I’m so grateful to Kyle, everyone who helped put this together and everyone who came out.”
For more information on the three-day festival, visit its website at davismusicfest.com.