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The Jefferson State Music Festival

The State of Jefferson band has organized the sixth annual Jefferson State Music Festival Food Drive that will feature a roster of local talent and several touring groups.

The State of Jefferson features Erik Vestnys on keyboards, Mikey Stevens on trumpet, Ryan Redding on bass and Joe Ginet on lead vocals. The band members share a passion for their community and see the music festival and food drive as a win for everyone.

"We're locally based, growing up with older singers and songwriters," Ginet says. "Those musicians created the great music scene we grew up in. Bands like Indubious and Frankie Hernandez are keeping the scene strong."

Six years ago, during a walk through Riverside Park in Grants Pass, members of the group recognized it as a perfect location for a music festival. The Jefferson State Music Festival Food Drive is free to all who make food donations.

"This is our baby," said Vestnys. "There are no corporate sponsors, and all of the musicians contribute their performances to the community effort."

The food drive and music festival will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22, at Riverside Park.

"You can bring canned food from your pantry or fresh produce from your garden," Vestnys says.

Along with live music, there will be a recycled fashion show and theater performances in the mix. Musicians will perform on two stages, with one designated for acoustic performers such as Michelle Bellamy and Willie Ames.

Bellamy will be joined by Clayton DiChiro for a soul-folk performance. Bellamy got her start as a singer songwriter with T Club, who will headline on Friday. T Club is based in Eugene and plays reggae-influenced groove for dancing. The band's music is influenced by Bob Marley, Manu Chao, Sublime and Radiohead. The group often has jam-style performances, with local musicians sitting in.

Indubious and Alcyon Massive will headline on Saturday with reggae and funk music. Other performances include folk and island music from Sweetgrass, featuring Johnny B. and Ben Gaskin on ukuleles.

Visit www.stateofjefferson.org or call 659-3549.

Reggae and rock group the T Club will headline Friday, Aug. 21, at the Jefferson State Music Festival Food Drive. - Photo by Lisa Cochran