Photo courtesy of Tammy Pegram
Thank you to everyone who made the 2012 WhoDat Music Festival possible!
Special thanks to: Abbey Reeves, Abby Cranford, Alan Barnosky, Alec Wiggs, Alex Patterson, Anthony Harrison, Anthony Smith, Barry Gray. Ben Washburn, Bill Mitchell, Billy Coon, Bob Johnson, Brad Gray, Brucie Sutton, Cathy Lindquist, Dafne Lechuga, Dan Kimrey, Dave Mitcheson, Dean Driver, Doug Driver, Dylan Gray, Ellis Driver, Emena Santiago, Jamee Ernst, Jeff Mann, Jill Hunter, Jill Wheeler, Jim Cox, Joe Anderson, Jordan Gray, Karanja Willis. Kathy Lindquist, Kaya Lindquist, Kristen Long, Laurel Driver, Liz Riegel, Lorca Lechuga-Haeseler, Matt Wait, Miguel Lechuga, Mike Jodoin, Morgan Gray, Navani Middle East Dancer, The North Carolina Beard & Mustache Club, Nines Abad, Rachel Rossabi, Raven Willis, Reilly Finnegan, Reuben Ayres, Riley Driver, Stephen Greenslade, Tamala Gray, Tammy Pegram, Teresa Gray, Will Coons & Xu Pham. Y'all were amazing.
July 28-29, 2012
The Whodat Music Festival at Doodad Farm is an open-hearted & open-minded, non-commercial, participatory, good-time music festival at Doodad Farm, an incredible outdoor community venue just 10 minutes east of downtown Greensboro.
The event is designed to be shaped by YOU, with inclusive art projects, big chunks of time reserved for open mics and jams, skill shares, and an old-fashioned democratic vote to settle a friendly battle of homegrown NC bands on Saturday. Stick around that night to camp and watch the DELTA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER from the fields, then wake up to breakfast and more live music and performances on an open stage through the afternoon!
Grab your musical instruments & your best jokes, your lawn chairs, tents, water bottles and refreshments, sunscreen, creativity and sense of wonder and COME ON OVER--bring your friends, dogs and kids! We are suggesting a $15-$30 CASH donation per person that will go 100% to our bands.
Draw happy faces and shooting stars all over the last weekend of July so nobody can take you away from us--and invite your friends! We're doing something special here and we'd love to have you be a part of it.
Playing Saturday, July 28th
Doors open at 10:00am with open mic performers! Skill shares! Art projects!
2:30pm - Burn Doordoordoordoor (Listen)
Burn Doordoordoordoor (isn't phonetics fun!?) is the brainchild of a 7-person intentional groupthink. They are known as a performance-oriented experimental ensemble that combines elements of Jazz, Funk, Klezmer, Math, and One-Liner Jokes. Folks may shrug and say "different." That's not wrong, but it's not sufficient either. These guys leave no dish at the aural buffet unscarfed. Expect clever arrangements, winking declamations, searing climaxes, Post-Zappa Balladry, and epic mime.
4:00pm - The Ayr Mountaineers (Listen)
The Ayr Mountaineers is an Americana/Country band rooted in Chapel Hill NC. All songs are originally written by singer/guitarist Ella Bertram, with an array of tall boys backing her up. Their campfire sound taks you back to times of old. On stage you will find Alan Best on the piercingly sweet accordion and mandolin, Jack Fleishman on the happy banjo, and Stacy Harden playing his deep melodic bass. Since fall of 2010 they have been playing in the Triangle, filling restaurants, bars, clubs and parks with their unique mountainous sound.
5:30pm - Dalton Village (Listen)
Dalton village is a collaboration of similar influences in musical tastes along with the unique styles and talent of each member, this formula has allowed us to approach each project with authenticity, a natural vibe and an ongoing passion for what we do. Although we have passed under the Neo-soul/hiphop genre we welcome others to help define our sound!..."Music is our wine, partially sane but never sober".
7:00pm - Justin Johnson(Listen)
1st Place Winner of both Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival's Guitar Competition in Fall of 2011 and the 2006 "SlideStock" International Slide Guitar competition, Justin Johnson has a style firmly rooted in Blues tradition, but not afraid to break new ground. From the rhythmic, back-porch simplicity of Mississippi and Piedmont Blues, to the smoky electric cries of Chicago Blues, Justin's performances pay homage to a range of diverse Blues traditions, while exploring new and exciting applications for the genre~ often sliding unexpectedly from roots blues into the exotic tones and rhythms of gypsy jazz with Spanish, Romanian, and European flavor, and layering up to 6 guitars in a single song.
8:30pm - The Old One-Two (Listen)
The Old One-Two is a self-christened 'pusselgut blues' band based out of Greensboro, NC. The trio's blend of dirty electric tones, pounding percussion, and gritty vocals comes together to form an inimitable style of spooky lo-fi blues rock, supported by just enough groove to allow for a sound simultaneously unique in its simplicity and its creativity.
10:00pm - The ILL FAMILY(Listen)
Universally placed in the town at Chapel Hill, the ILL FAMILY has been reviving the psychedelic soul of rock and roll. Dripping with a visually jaw-dropping liquid light show and improv jams, the Dead an dNeil Young would applaud. Come and join your family, ILL FAMILY. Love.
11:30pm - The Chit Nasty Band(Listen)
Chit Nasty takes over with a Rick James-meets-Little Richard vibe, yielding a brand of funky rock that's bringing together a beautiful fusion of Soul, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Rock, piano virtuoso Chit Nasty and his band are sure to leave their audience bedazzled... With an impressive display of showmanship and a creative musical edge that makes each and every show unique, the band is sure to pack the house each and every time making it so that every head is in the clouds, every set of hands are clapping, and every set of feet in the house are moving and grooving. Let there be funk!
And, finishing out the scheduled music with a late night dance party,
12:45am - The Funk Ducks
The Funk Ducks: Scrooge McFunk And Funkhard Glomgold. Purveyors of fine soul and funk Billy Ros And Harley Lyles share a passion that runs deep for lost oldies from the past. Billy Ros a native of Greensboro always championed oldies over your run of the mill top 40 radio trash. Raised by a mom from Birmingham and A Father From Baton Rouge you know the soul bloodlines run deep. After holding down residencies in Asheville, NC at Broadways with DJ Football in the early 2000's Billy moved back to his birthplace and the quest for deeper soul records has continued for you listening pleasure. Harley Lyles originally from Winnsboro, SC has been schooled by the older generation on classic soul and funk and has been a dealer/collector for over 10 years now. A perennial student to the trade, Harley is always on the quest for new and exciting sounds for the dance floor.
Playing Sunday, July 29th
Open mic performers, skill shares, and art projects starting at 10AM!
1:00pm - Beard & Mustache Club of NC Competition (Note: Moved from Saturday!!)
3:00pm - TOW3RS(Listen)
T0W3RS is the rare band whose songs don't fall neatly in line with the status quo. Like Derek Torres, the creative force behind the project (and formerly of Lake Inferior), it's an amalgamation of experience and emotion, a multifaceted glimpse at being a twentysomething on an unknown horizon. It's this duality that gives the songs on The Summertime EP and If All We Have is Time so much force; they're the tightrope between the universal and the extraterrestrial, the addictively hook-laden rock 'n' roll and the ephemeral edge of experimental music. Who hasn't known and lost love? Who doesn't like a catchy pop song with the vitriol and perception of a Bukowski poem?
Would you like to teach or share something at our skill share space at WhoDat? Please do!
Walk-in teachers will always be welcome but we would like to know as much as possible about how the skill share space will be used. Email email@example.com to let us know your plan!
Skill shares (so far):
- 12:30 - Dancing with Navani
- 1:30 - Making cigar box guitars with Bob Johnson (
- 3:00 - Screenprinting with Ellis & Reilly
- 6:00 - Paper hot air balloons with Liz
- Musical harmonies workshop
- Aluminum smelting with Clint
- ...YOUR SESSION?
This list is updated as sessions are added!!
Doodad Farm is located at 4701 Land Road, in Greensboro, NC (View a map). We are 10 minutes east of downtown Greensboro and right off of the McConnell Road exit on Interstate 40.
Take exit 226, McConnell Road, and head south about a quarter mile til you take a right on Hooting Hollow Road. Take the next right at Land Road, and continue all the way to the end, where you'll see a sign for Doodad Farm.
Parking will be in a field: please allow someone to help you park when you arrive to minimize risk of damage to your or others' property.
Want to carpool? Post or request rides to WhoDat on our facebook page.
It's important to pack like you're going outdoors, because you are! Below are some things we like to bring when we hang out at Doodad. Highly recommended for WhoDat:
- Cash money (no checks/credit, sorry!)
- Dog (Bring a leash and be prepared to clean up, please!)
- Water bottle (we'll have water)
- Musical instruments
- Plans & materials for your performance on the open stage
- Blank shirt for screenprint
- Unwanted clothing for a clothing swap
- Materials for skill shares
- Any medical stuff you need
- Lawn chair
- Camping gear for Saturday night
- Closed-toe shoes
- Sun protection
- Rain jacket
- Picnic (food will be available)
- Blanket or sleeping bag to watch the meteor shower from
Please bring what you need to take care of yourself, including camping gear or a designated driver if you plan to drink at this event. THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR DRIVING INTOXICATED AT WHODAT, or anywhere!
PEOPLE UNDER 18: Minors will need to have a parent or guardian present in order to gain entrance!
What NOT to bring:
- WEAPONS of any kind
- ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES
- FIREWORKS or plans to make FIRES or light candles
- GLASS bottles
- CANNED MUSIC (Why do when there's live music all weekend?)
(If you are under 21, please do not put yourself or us at risk by drinking alcohol at our event)
If you make or know people who make ETHICALLY PRODUCED, HAND-MADE art or other NON-FOOD, locally produced objects/services, we are pleased to offer a space to sell these goods. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to let us know you're coming! We are not charging vendors for entry beyond the $15-30 we ask of all attendees, but we do request that vendors donate a portion (~10%) of their profits to support Doodad Farm as they leave.
Please note that we are not able to provide electricity or lighting, so please plan to have a free-standing set up with any materials you need, including battery-powered lights if you wish to remain open into the night.
There will be a Doodad Farm Stand selling festival merch, coffee, and food. Please note that this event is BYOB and outside food is fine, so feel free to bring a picnic!
The best way to contact us is by email at email@example.com. Here are some other helpful links:
Please email us if you:
- Would like to volunteer
- Would like to do an art project in the space before the festival
- Want to lead a skill share
- Want to sell your artwork or crafts at the event
- Are interested in sponsoring this event
- Have questions or suggestions
If you have urgent questions, please call Riley at 336-420-6152.