Labor Day festival celebrates workers


The rock band Crash Pad, with singer/guitarist Brian Krashpad, foreground, will perform during Sunday's Labor Daze Fest at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. (COURTESY OF BRIAN KRASHPAD)

Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.

The sounds of local rock bands will join Labor Day-style speeches in ringing out Sunday in a special event celebrating Labor Day at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza.

Facts

Labor Daze Fest

What: A family-friendly festival and rally for jobs in Gainesville with live music, food, merchandise, speakers, chair massages, face painting, a voter registration drive and more.
When: 5-10 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 W. University Ave.
Admission: Free
Info: 231-3647 or email mama_trish@hotmail.com.

Billed as a family friendly festival, Sunday's Labor Daze Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. will commemorate the national holiday a day early with music from local bands along with food, children's activities, speeches, vendors and more.

The festival is being coordinated by Trisha Ingle to encourage people to shift their focus to the local community amid the country's current job crisis. Ingle is a yoga instructor, musician and business administration student at Santa Fe College, she says.



“This is by locals, for locals and about locals,” Ingle says. “We don't have anything like it that caters specifically to locals and the people that make this city run, the workers,” she says. “Because it's labor day, we should celebrate the people who work.”

Ingle, who also is known as “Mama Trish,” is the singer/guitarist of Mama Trish vs. Godzilla!, one of five local bands that will be performing during the festival. Other bands set to appear Sunday include Poultry Run, Crash Pad, Funks Inc. and The Root Doctors.

Activities planned for the day will include face painting, chair massages and dancing with Hula Hoops along with speeches, a voter-registration drive and merchandise available for purchase.

Food available from vendors will range from Korean and Latin cuisines to barbecue and a grilled-cheese wagon with food for children and vegetarians.

“We're billing this as something for everyone,” Ingle says.

The festival will address the issues of unemployment and underemployment in the Gainesville community along with the importance of buying locally and supporting local businesses.

Brian Krashpad, singer/guitarist of the band Crash Pad, which is playing at the festival, says he supports the Labor Daze Fest's mission.

“Crash Pad has always tried to support causes that support the rights of individuals, and of the poor and working people, rather than large corporations or the rich and powerful,” Krashpad says.

Maya and Tree Garner will speak about the importance of buying locally, and there will be petitions for city retirees and job preferences as well.

Ingle says an award will be given to a local business that supports buying locally and advertising locally.

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