Spartan Stadium came alive Saturday, June 17 with the third annual Dreamland Music Fest. The fest included several local musicians as well as acts from Nashville.
Rick Ferrell, who grew up in West Portsmouth, started the festival after being inspired by a song he wrote about the Dreamland pool.
“I think the song kind of clicked,” Ferrell said. “It sparked the thought to do all of this.”
Highway 109, a father son duo, Jeremy and Nathan Burchett, played at Dreamland this year for the second time.
“We get to play in front of our friends and family,” Jeremy Burchett said. “We don’t get to do that all of the time. Usually, when we perform, it’s out somewhere else, and we don’t get to see nobody. So to come back here, there’s probably more tickets sold to family and friends than there is anyone else.”
Kenzie Miracle, a fiddle player, also has family in the area and was excited to get to perform.
“All of my family is going to be here tonight, we have a big crowd coming,” Miracle said before the event commenced.
Ferrell says that he hopes to get the community as involved as possible with the event.
“It’s just trying to build this thing as big as we can and involve the community as much as we can, try and bring something back to the area,” Ferrell said. “It’s a fun, positive event, and I think our sponsorships this year probably tripled, so it just shows that people are trying to get involved in it, bringing in acts from Nashville, you know, calling in some favors, and getting to showcase a lot of the local talent too.”
Ferrell’s new album, Home for the Weekend, was released on Saturday and he was filming for a music video at the Dreamland Fest.
Madisyn Dillow, who was at the fest, says that she thinks that everyone in the community should come to Dreamland in the future.
“This is so much fun, we don’t have this kind of thing,” Dillow said. “We don’t have a whole lot of stuff around here but this is just like, I want everyone to know about this.”
Ferrell says that someday he hopes to see the Dreamland Music Fest grow into something even bigger.
“Someday it would be awesome if those stands would be filled up,” Ferrell said. “So that’s our goal, get it growing where it turns into a legitimate festival, everyone knows it and looks forward to it every year.”