Young rockers battle way to stage
The members of local blues band Pett Crow may be young, but on stage they know how to rock out.
The trio took second place at a Powell Battle of the Bands contest Sunday, June 17, at the Lazy Chameleon, and were selected to play on the main stage at the Powell Festival June 30.
Pett Crow consists of Wes Crow, 14, from Olentangy High School, on vocals and guitar; Julia Crow, 13, from Shanahan Middle School, on bass and keyboard; and Brandon Pettiford, 12, from Gahanna Middle School East, on drums and bass.
Playing for big crowds is nothing new for the young band. In the past year the group has played in a variety of national blues and jazz festivals across the U.S., and they have gigs lined up through the end of the summer across central Ohio.
Even as the youngest band in the Powell Battle of the Bands, Pett Crow stood out as a blues band in a pool of hard rockers, Julia said.
"When people see how young we are they don't always expect much," she said. "We proved them wrong, and showed that we're not just a kid band. We're different."
Pett Crow will play from 1:15-2 p.m. June 30 at the Powell Festival.
The event, hosted by Historic Downtown Powell Inc., is set for 5-11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29-30 at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.
The yearly celebration features live music, food, games and activities, and ends with a fireworks show Saturday night.
This year the Powell Festival features revamped sections for kids and teens, with fun activities, arts and crafts, videogames and more.
"The festival is going to be a great affordable, fun family outing," said Anna Steck. "Everyone from young kids to grandparents can really enjoy themselves."
The "Toddler Zone," free for all guests, features fun for kids ages 4 and under. The area has doubled in size since 2011, and features inflatable bounce houses and an inflatable train, space for families to play Twister and cornhole, plus face painting and balloon artists.
The expanded "Teen Scene" area will include a double-lane inflatable slide, big-glove boxing in an inflatable ring, and jousting with inflatable weapons.
Kids and adults can also roll through an obstacle course in inflatable "hamster" balls, and play laser tag in an outdoor course with bunkers and obstacles.
A new videogames hangout area will feature more than 20 game stations.
Organizers have made activities more affordable this year. A $12 wristband gets you unlimited access to all the activities in the Teen Scene area. Last year activities were $5 each.
The festival will feature live music from start to finish, with a lineup including the Village Academy Varsity Jazz Band and the Columbus Horns.
Hungry guests can enjoy a variety of food offerings including funnel cakes, elephant ears, blooming onions, shaved ice and Jeni's ice cream. The festival also will have a beer garden.
More than 200 booths will populate this year's festival including arts and crafts vendors, local nonprofits and educational groups.
The Village Green splash pad, featuring shooting jets of water, also will be open for kids and teens.
The fireworks display will cap off the event June 30 starting at 10:15 p.m. following a performance by headliner band Farrel and Stevenson.