FREMONT – A music festival was held at the Fremont Lakes for the first time on Saturday.
The Continental Drift Music Festival was an eight hour music festival held at Lake #16 at the Fremont Lakes. Community members and campers brought tents and lawn chairs as they enjoyed the first fall music festival by the lake. Concessions were provided by Tow Line Co. and The Best Mix 105.5 was broadcasting live and interviewing the bands and performers. Bill Booth, Parks Superintendent 3 for the Fremont State Recreation Area, says this kind of event is new for Fremont Lakes.
“It’s something new to us. We haven’t really gone there, or really tried anything like this. Mutual friends got together and started working on it,” said Booth. “And then we decided to give it a try here at the Fremont Lakes. And we hope everyone enjoys it. It’s something different, something family-friendly. You can bring your kids and your family and just listen to some good music by local performers and artists.”
The lineup for the festival included Third Frate, Ten O’Clock Scholars, Brothers Tandem, Robo Dojo, Edge of Arbor, Vince Giambattista, and The Electroliners. Booth says they put together a group of bands and performers with a nice mix of genres.
“It ranges all the way from country, to folk, a couple of acoustics, and later on a few rock ‘n roll shows,” said Booth. “So it’s a real good gambit of different types of music and artists. We’re excited about that.”
Despite the on-and-off rain throughout the day, people continued to crowd around under tents to see the bands. Booth says with the success of the event, it could be something they bring back again. He adds it also helped bring in new people to Fremont Lakes.
“It’s also an opportunity for some people to come to the lakes. I’ve already heard it today, where some people have never been here,” said Booth. “So we’ve brought in different customers that maybe haven’t been to the Fremont Lakes before. So that’s a positive thing. We’re always looking for something like that.”
The Continental Drift Music Festival was created by the Omaha-based record label Onken-Stein Records. It was decided the festival would come to Fremont after moving from its previous location at Riverwest Park in Elkhorn.