What can people expect from the JunkFest Luau scheduled for June 8?
Gini Davidson: The JunkFest Family has come
together once again to bring you peace, love and barbecue -- in the Aloha spirit! We have a great selection of musical acts that will be gracing the stage throughout the day, including Frakers Farm, Lazy Swamis, Sean Rox, Riley & Rebecca, Bibb City Ramblers, Poanna, Wayne Minor Band, Fiddlers Blues and Copious Jones. Expect an eclectic mix of artists and crafters vending their wares, including the brand new Aloha shack.
In true JunkFest tradition, we will hold a drum circle, and new for the Luau is the ukulele jam! For visitors who bring an appetite, Country's Barbecue will be on site, as well as the Ice Cream Girl, Fountain City Coffee and others with sweet treats and goodies. Most importantly, expect to have fun, make new friends, and come together with others in the Aloha spirit of unity and harmony. Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 with a canned good donation) and coupons for $1 off admission are available at all Papa John's locations in Columbus. Kids under 12 get in free, and there will be a kids' art area. Visit www.junkfestival.com or www.facebook.com/junkfestival for more information.
What's the best and worst thing about being married to a fellow musician?
Dan Davidson: I love playing music with my wife. She is an amazing person and musician. Our favorite gigs are festival gigs, because we can set up our camper and just hang out with each other and with our fellow festivarians. We both love music and each other so much that we try to focus on the positive.
There are many factors that can weigh you down -- such as being on the road, late nights, sometimes getting home in the wee hours of the morning. But the positives outweigh the negative by far. Working together as a team is the key to succeeding.
Your band's name (Bibb City Ramblers) pays homage to Bibb City. What's special about that part of Columbus?
Dan: In 1997 I moved to Bibb City, into a house on River Avenue. I woke every morning to a beautiful view of the Chattahoochee right outside my window. Every Sunday, my neighbors and I would have "pickin' parties." We would invite our friends and fellow musicians over and play music for hours. Our band motto is "the band is our family, the stage is our front porch and the audience is our friends, welcome!"
We're entering summer music festival season. How do you handle performing in extreme heat?
Gini: A lot of our music is high-energy, and a set on an outdoor stage in the middle of summer can really feel like a workout. Staying hydrated is very important, so we make sure we have plenty of water to drink. Festivals are a blast and it's easy to wear yourself out dancing and carrying on, even off stage! I try to pace myself and take breaks when I need to so I can be ready to rock.
What's the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
Gini: Variety is the spice of life and Dan and I both love spicy food! There are so many awesome places to eat in Columbus. Right now, I'm hooked on Taj Mahal on Auburn Avenue. Mmmmmmmm!