Dead heads, directed heads and talking heads, oh my!
Rock and roll fans and foodies alike are gearing up for the Trifecta Food Truck & Music Festival– returning once again to the Timonium Exhibition Center for its sixth year of live music, shopping and dining on Saturday, September 24. Doors open at 11 a.m. and general admission tickets start at $30.
This time around, the lineup salutes rock and roll classics with tribute bands paying homage to The Grateful Dead, The Cure, Neil Young, U2, REM, Tom Petty and The Smiths. Headliners include Multiple Species: The Pink Floyd Experience and Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show.
“I wanted to schedule the band’s lineup a little differently this year,” says Paul Manna, owner of 24-7 Entertainment, which organizes and promotes the event. “So I picked some of the best tribute and cover bands in the area and beyond. People love a good cover band.
Artists get excited as the big day approaches. Christopher Quinn, the fake Morrissey of Smiths tribute band Caligula Blushed, says it’s the band’s first time performing at a festival like this. “One of the reasons I hope to have a big crowd at the start is that I want to send otherwise indifferent people with a different take on this music,” says Quinn, who will take to the South Stage at 11:30 a.m. “I want them to be like, ‘Wow! Is it the Smiths?’ »
At 4 p.m., Unforgettable Fire will bring its U2 covers to the South Stage. The band played with original members The Edge and Adam Clayton when the two crashed during a performance in New York in 2015. George Levesanos, aka drummer Larry Mullen Jr. when in front of a crowd, says that the group is delighted to mingle with the other artists. and meet new fans in Maryland. “People should feel like they’re attending a U2 concert,” says Levesanos.
Baltimore-based 90s rock band Doc Marten and the Flannels will appear at the event for the first time on the South Stage at 5:30 p.m. Lead singer Billy Fisher says they’ve wanted to play the festival since it came to fruition in 2016: “I’m excited for the sounds of the music and the smells of all the amazing food trucks,” Fisher says. “It’s great that the festival is also aimed at all ages. The little ones who create lifelong concert memories touch my heart.
Another Trifecta debutant is Charm City’s Psycho Killers, a Talking Heads homage that has been playing in the area for almost 15 years. They continue on the North Stage at 6:30 p.m. “We’re so excited to go,” says bassist and founding member Ryan Porter. “Our show spans Talking Heads’ extensive catalog and expands on some of their classic grooves to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” (We see what he did there.)
As attendees listen to familiar tunes, they’ll also be able to cycle through more than 40 local cuisines on wheels, including 410 Empanadas, Bmore Greek, Blowfish Poke, Chessie’s Food Works, Jammin’ Flava, Kooper’s Chowhound, Fun-O-Kake and Fried Chicken and Conrad oysters. New additions this year include Banditos, Lyfe Cafe, PhoWheels and Fuzzies Burgers.
Josh Vecchiolla, one half of the pair of brothers who founded Fuzzies, says he’s excited to introduce their food truck — affectionately nicknamed “Stumpy” — and its mouth-watering burgers to a new audience. (If you’re looking for Stumpy Saturday, you probably can’t miss it: “It’s bright and loud,” Vecchiolla says, “and our designer, Luis, absolutely nailed it with the design to incorporate the Baltimore city skyline. , Ravens Stadium, and all of our fun colors and elements that scream retro 80s/90s vibes.”
And if you’re wondering about the third element the festival’s name alludes to, Trifecta also has a local vendor village with over 45 makers, including Choose which job, Chesacanna Wellness and Fed Thrill Sunglasses. Expect to find artwork, clothing and accessories from some of the small business owners in the community who have a knack for handmade pieces.
Erica Lambart, the creative mind behind the crafty events and handmade products of Pick Which Craft – which sells Baltimore clothing, sunglasses, handbags and more. – is now a Trifecta Fest veteran entering her second year. “The festival is definitely a party atmosphere,” says Lambart. “[My products are] the perfect blend of quirky, cute, and rebellious in accessories, art, and apparel from size small to 3x, because size inclusivity should already be a thing.
For Towson resident Corey Jensen, his favorite performance last year was Better Off Dead, the Grateful Dead tribute. He says he can’t wait to see them play again (they play on the North Stage at 5 p.m.) while chowing down on Dave’s Smoke and Tacos.
“The festival is such a wonderful and perfect time to bring the community together,” says Jensen. “I’m a music lover so to have something like this we can plan to attend and enjoy so close to home is wonderful.”
Overall, the goal behind the hyper-local community event, Manna says, is to provide something for everyone.
“There’s something special about the vibe of a good festival, and I think it’s palpable at Trifecta,” says Manna, who was born and raised in Baltimore. “From bands and food truck owners to vendors and fans, we’re all your average Joe’s who work hard and love what we do. There is definitely a unique camaraderie between all of us.