When one thinks of a music festival, many things come to mind: who’s playing, what to wear, who to go with. Such things often cause all of the work and planning behind the event is often overlooked. Laying the groundwork seems overwhelming, especially for just one man. Imagine singlehandedly planning a music festival. Imagine being Coleman Ott.
The idea of creating his own musical festival came to Ott after spending the year featuring local artists on his CisternYard Video segment, “Charlestown Sounds”. Starting and ending each segment with a performance, Ott was able to showcase both his guests’ talents and personalities. But quickly after the segment began, he realized he wanted to do something more than just an online show: he wanted to plan a music festival.
“I had to do something with the musicians and for the musicians,” Ott said.
This led Ott to create and plan his masterpiece: CharlesTown Sounds Music Festival, featuring artists from his segment and other artists he has yet to interview. From the College’s Gospel Choir to the rapper Abstract to the funky Night Caps, the festival will be filled with diverse samples of local music. Charlestonians will be jamming to all types of genres, reinforcing the importance of the unity that Ott hopes the festival will bring.
“I feel like it will be like a beautiful representation and public celebration of unity,” Ott said. “That’s really important to me, that we can do that in this city. We are privileged in that we can dance in the streets. And we have the freedom to do that publicly.”
CharlesTown Sounds Music Festival will take place this Saturday at the Music Farm. For the low price of $10 for student tickets , Ott offers a plethora of music for a reasonable investment. See how one student single-handedly planned a music festival while enjoying some of Charleston’s most popular performers.