Over three days this weekend the Getty's Center on Main Street will be transformed into a teeming monument to summer fun just in time for the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. Don't Sweat It Fest is Rock Hill's annual celebration of local art and local music, and this year is promising to be one of the most interesting to date. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss:
- WAMA Art Market – Thursday and Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday 3-10 pm
This year the art market has been organized by local art group, We Also Make Art (WAMA), and will feature more vendors that previous years, offering a wider range of art, crafts, jewelry, and home goods.
Look out for vendors like Lou Moon Candle Co., offering locally handmade, 100% soy wax candles, and Cardboard Couch with their offbeat screen prints and stickers. There will also be popup performances from local musicians and poets, and live button-making, and way too many other things to list.
The art market is free! You do not need a pass to Don't Sweat It Fest.
- Gardeners – Friday
This group of guys and gal are closing the festival Friday evening with their melodic indie rock and upbeat songs that recall the fab four, Arctic Monkeys, and Arcade Fire all at once. Last year their debut record made waves across the state, and they are gracing us with an increasingly rare hometown performance. They always do something special for Don't Sweat It Fest, so expect to be surprised and delighted in equal measures.
- Acne – Thursday
Named for a teenage affliction, and carrying all the moods that come with young adulthood, these noise-pop scions will be filling the Getty's Center with their grunge-influenced rock and roll. They recently toured in support of their newest release, a cassette tape called Superblasted on Self Aware Records, and will be serving up all the fuzzy 90's slacker anthems you can handle.
- WAMA Takeover – Friday
In addition to the Art Market, WAMA will be hosting an evening of art happenings and performance art on Friday evening. During the regular course of bands and music, you may find yourself in the middle of an opera, or an impromptu confessional performance art experience a la Tracey Emin. Don't worry– you won't need an art degree to appreciate these performances, just a sense of fun and wonder.
- Niecy Blues – Saturday
Bringing passionate singer/songwriter vibes with an alternative R&B sound, and a full backing band, Niecy Blues and co. will play what is sure to be a smoldering set on Saturday evening. Made up of skittering hip hop beats, slinky keyboards, an atmosphere thicker than Jupiter's, and an incredibly magnetic frontwoman, this performance is not to be missed.