In a city teeming with musical talent, it’s only right that the festival scene should reflect this incredible diversity. This year, the DayDream Fest 2023 at Main Line Brewery on May 28th – 29th takes center stage once again, promising an intoxicating blend of genres and a DIY, grassroots spirit that sets it apart from its contemporaries.

The visionary minds behind this festival are none other than Pete LeBlanc, a multifaceted musician and founder of Baripete Productions, and Zavi Harman, guitarist for Spooky Cool and the dynamo behind PRSMCAT Presents. Both of these Richmond notables have played critical roles in the city’s thriving music scene, and their collective ambition to showcase local talent through DayDream Fest is a testament to their dedication.

After an inaugural festival that exceeded all expectations, the duo is back with a grander vision. This year, they’re introducing a two-day format to accommodate the event’s organic growth and to offer an even more immersive experience to festival-goers.

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The festival’s lineup, curated meticulously by LeBlanc and Harman, is sure to delight music fans. Four “headline” acts, four “main” acts, and eight support acts will grace the stage, offering an eclectic mix that’s as vibrant as Richmond itself.

Among the headlining artists is indie pop sensation Kate Bollinger, whose music has been highlighted by The Line of Best Fit and NPR’s World Cafe. Her 2022 EP Look at it in the Light is a triumph of quietly rich indie pop, sure to be a treat for festival attendees.

Joining Bollinger is Matthew E. White, an acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger. His debut album Big Inner was hailed as “one of the great albums of modern Americana” by Uncut Magazine, and his follow-up albums have received similar acclaim. His fusion of pop-gospel and modern Americana promises to be a festival highlight.

No festival in Richmond would be complete without our hometown heroes, and No BS! Brass is sure to deliver. This powerful brass band melds New Orleans spirit with East Coast modern funk for a danceable, heart-pounding performance. Their reputation as one of Richmond’s most wanted bands speaks volumes about their ability to electrify a crowd.

Rounding out the headliners is Palm Palm, fresh off their opening act for The Killers last week, are set for national acclaim! Fronted by J. Roddy Walston, the band delivers an explosive and energetic live show that leaves audiences dancing, moving, and singing along. Their songs are catchy, explosive, and always powerful, making them a must-see act at the festival — catch them now!

The festival will also feature performances from a number of other Richmond favorites, including Drook, Deau Eyes, Kendall Street Company, DJ Harrison of Butcher Brown, Space Koi, Steven Boones, Lobby Boy, Shera Shi, Catie Lausten, Morgan Burrs of Butcher Brown, CAS, and Ms. Jaylin Brown.

DayDream Fest is more than just a music festival. It’s a celebration of Richmond’s vibrant music scene, an opportunity for artists of all genres to come together and share their talent with the city they call home. If last year’s festival is any indication, this year’s DayDream Fest is set to be an unforgettable experience.

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Main photo by Joey Wharton @joey_wharton

SCENES FROM DAYDREAM FEST 2022, All photos by Joey Wharton & Dylan Akers

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Since 2005, the dedicated team at RVA Magazine, known as RVA Staff, has been delivering the cultural news that matters in Richmond, VA. This talented group of professionals is committed to keeping you informed about the events and happenings in the city.

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