Springsfest returned to the lawn of the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs on Saturday, July 7. This year featured an expanded lineup including big name bands like Guided By Voices and Twin Peaks and emerging acts like Caamp, Counterfeit Madison and Speaking Suns. CONTRIBUTED / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Yellow Springs’ Springfest with Deerhunter, Amen Dunes and Post Animal is here

Summer music festivals aren’t the rare events they once were. Today’s landscape is packed with massive multi-band affairs, many of them stretching to three full days of performances.  

If, like many, you suffer from the fatigue of weekend-long fests with undercards filled with the most obscure of the obscure, then one antidote is the fourth annual Springsfest at John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs on Saturday, July 6.  


“What makes Springsfest very unique is we never lose focus on the art itself,” said festival founder Conor Stratton. “We don’t need to have three days with a million stages and billion bands where there’s no conceivable way the people going could capably see all that’s happening.”

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Produced in partnership with the Yellow Spring Brewery and Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce, festival attendees are treated to a selection of national, regional and local acts. Last year’s edition brought Dayton rock legends, Guided By Voices, and Chicago rockers, Twin Peaks to the John Bryan Center. 

Springsfest 2018 also marked the first sell-out year for the festival.

“You’ll see everything at Springsfest,” Stratton said. “You’ll get your money’s worth and you won’t miss anything unless you choose to. It’s about curating something everyone can enjoy and showcasing the best talent we can from Ohio, while also bringing in some of the best bands in the country. 

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Deerhunter (pictured), Amen Dunes and Post Animal are the co-headliners at the fourth annual Springsfest at John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs on Saturday, July 6. CONTRIBUTED


This year’s co-headliners are Deerhunter, Amen Dunes and Post Animal.

Other performers include:

• Grapetooth

• Singer-songwriter Chris Cohen

Other acts include Sarob, The Ophelia’s Nothin, The Sidekicks, Crooked Spine, and Keeps

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“This one should be a doozy,” Stratton said. “I’m very excited about this lineup. We have the best bands. It’s hard to imagine a better day of music.”  

Stratton’s group Crooked Spines, which released its latest album, “Coyote Laugh,” on May 17, opens Springsfest at 11:30 a.m. 

“Believe it or not, in six years, this is the very first time I’ve played at any festival I’ve done,” Stratton said. “I’ve upgraded the number of managers so it’s no longer just me running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make something happen. It’s a little more organized.”

INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Bradford Cox of Deerhunter performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
Photo: Frazer Harrison


Tickets are $65.28 ($60 plus $5.28 fee) and are available at springsfestival.com


Yellow Springs Brewery has been a beer sponsor since Springsfest’s inception. This year, Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery and Jackie O’s in Athens are also on board. Other upgrades include a new, larger stage and an expanded Art Market, now in its second year. For Stratton, it’s a way of thanking the town that molded him.

“Yellow Springs is my absolute heart,” Stratton said. “I attribute it to every single quality I have. Everything I’ve been able to achieve is from the support of that community and that includes this festival. Every single year, we’ve grown further than the last.-.

“That has helped us still preserve the identity of the festival,” Stratton added. “We don’t want to compromise what we’re really trying to do with it by growing too much, too soon.”


WHAT: Springsfest 2019 featuring Deerhunter, Amen Dunes, Post Animal, Grapetooth and others

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6. Gates open at 11 a.m.

TICKETS: General admission $60 (plus $5.28 fee)

WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs

INFO: springsfestival.com