Friday, November 8, 2019

Adam Duritz gives back to the scene with the Underwater Sunshine Festival

While Adam Duritz may be known as the poetic and singular frontman of the Counting Crows, some days he would much rather be a fan of music than the one creating it. Of course the band -- as successful as they are -- can do their part to take out smaller bands on the road to help them to gain exposure. But opening for a band of their size and esteem can lead to indifference from an audience who is only there to see the headliner.

In 2018, Duritz and a few of his like-minded friends decided they would do more to pay things forward by hosting a two-day festival known as “The Underwater Sunshine Festival” at Bowery Electric to showcase some of their favorite underground acts. The festival returns this year for two nights at Rockwood Music Hall on Nov. 8th and 9th with 25 confirmed acts performing on all three of the venue’s stages.

"It’s a hard thing being in a band and you get very little recognition a lot of times, especially in independent world, there’s not a lot of people telling you, you should be doing it. People are telling you what are you going to do with your life? You don’t get a lot of encouragement or support," — Adam Duritz on the reasoning behind his Underwater Sunshine Festival

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