Press Release

May 29, 2018

Students Direct Festival Stage for Third Year

DUBLIN, Ohio (May 29, 2018) - In June students at GROOVE U’s two-year music industry career program will be seen on stage and off performing, managing stages and running sound at the Columbus Arts Festival. The GROOVE U Emerging Talent stage, situated at the corner of Town Street and Civic Center Drive will highlight young emerging artists in the local Columbus area. Performers include GROOVE U students, alumni and top 10 finalists from GROOVE U’s annual Instaband, High School Battle of the Bands competition that took place in February. 

“Columbus is a great city for young, emerging talents and we are delighted that the Arts Festival can provide a hands-on learning experience for GROOVE U students,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “And our Festival patrons get the benefit of seeing these young rising stars perform.”  

The partnership between GROOVE U and The Columbus Arts Festival not only provides programming and technical support for an additional stage but more importantly presents valuable internship opportunities for GROOVE U students. Students enrolled at GROOVE U complete two (2), one-hundred hour internships during their educational career, just one of many aspects of the program that prepares students for a hands-on career in the music industry.

Two acts you don’t want to miss on Saturday evening are Max Beal and Time Out.
17-year old singer-songwriter and fierce pop pianist, Max Beal was named 2018 Instaband grand champion and will be recording a full-length EP at GROOVE U this summer. 

Time Out, a rock trio from Hilliard Darby High School was the 2016 Instaband champion and will play us out on Saturday evening at 10PM.

“I cannot wait to perform at the Columbus Arts Festival. I’m gonna rock it out.” said Beal. “I’m also really excited to work on my EP this summer and see what I can do in a real studio.” 

Earlier in the afternoon, you can catch Breanna Romer, a singer-songwriter with a voice twice the size of her from St. Henry, Ohio. Breanna will be attending GROOVE U in the fall. The full weekend line-up can be viewed here.

The Columbus Arts Festival is just one of many community projects GROOVE U students receive class credit for. Past projects and sponsored externships include Food Truck Festival, Breakaway Festival, Independent’s Day Festival, Pecha Kucha nights, and Quarterhorse Congress.