What began as an idea several years ago by New Found Glory guitarist and local transplant Chad Gilbert, and finally manifested into an inaugural event last year at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall, breakfast-themed punk rock and alternative day fest BreakFEST was an absolute blast in its first year, and we’re thrilled to see the event return for year two, hopefully the start of an annual tradition, on June 2!
A novel concept (you can read more about the inspiration and backstory in our interview with Gilbert from last summer) BreakFEST is a great way to bring fans of pop punk, emo, alternative, and everything in between together in the daytime, to enjoy great tunes and great food, and this year’s lineup once again boasts a stellar mix of old and new acts along with a few locals, with New Found Glory, Real Friends, Hawthorne Heights, Mae, The Early November, Microwave, Jetty Bones, H.A.R.D., Love You Later, and Doll Skin all set to perform. Plus, with great local venders like Frothy Monkey, Honest Coffee, Five Daughters, High Brow Coffee, Tiny Little Donuts, Mojo’s Tacos, Juice Bar, Triple Crown Bakery, Muletown Coffee, and Ruby Sunshine all announced as well, the breakfast side of BreakFEST warrants just as much excitement.
To help you get ready for this year’s event, we’ll be highlighting a different performer each day until BreakFEST weekend, with daily Artist Spotlight features (similar to what we’re also doing ahead of Bonnaroo). So, whether you’re checking in on an old favorite or discovering a new one, you’ll arrive ready to rock and prepared to sing along! And finally, for more about all things BreakFEST, including a helpful FAQ section, be sure to check out the event’s website.
BreakFEST is an all ages event, and, as the concept would suggest, it kicks off early, with doors set to open at 8 a.m. You can still get GA tickets for less than $40, or upgrade to $100 VIP, which grants you special balcony seating, a separate bathroom and bar, special entry, and some freebies like a t-shirt and poster. Food and beverage are not included in the price of admission, but there will be a well-curated selection of local goodies that are well worth the cost.
Get your tickets right here if you haven’t already, and keep reading to learn more about the lineup in our BreakFEST Artist Spotlight…
The musical alias of Kelc Galluzzo, who grew up in small-town Ohio, and knew from her youngest days that she had a passion for performing, Jetty Bones (named in honor of a real life Betty Jones, who apparently broke out of her all girl’s catholic school to remove herself from a situation where she wasn’t happy) first sprung onto the scene and caught our ear with her debut EP, Crucial States, in 2016. Cleary a fan of and influenced bands from the pop punk and emo world, even if her own sound often veers into indie pop territory, Jetty Bones further honed her style and crafted a more raw, personal, confessional, and poetic exploration of human connection with the following year’s sophomore EP, Old Women, released through Take This to Heart Records, and helping the talented up and comer reach an even wider organic following throughout the indie scene.
Still harboring a fiercely DIY attitude, relying on a close circle of friends and collaborators to help flesh out and perform what is largely a homegrown, bedroom effort, over the past few years Jetty Bones has already toured with exciting bands like The Wonder Years, The Early November, Tiny Moving Parts, The Dangerous Summer, Knuckle Puck, and Mat Kerekes, and has earned acclaim from outlets like Alternative Press, Substream, and Chorus.fm. On her latest EP, this year’s — (pronounced “hyphen”), Galluzzo has produced what is at once both her most polished, poppy, layered, and cohesive record yet, and also her most intimate and heavy, delving into topics like trauma, metal health, and interpersonal relationships, all wrapped up in sharp, poetic, and earnest lyrical prowess and lush vocal delivery. Resonant, real, and impossibly poppy, Jetty Bones is definitely a must-see at this year’s BreakFEST!
LISTEN | “Better”
WATCH | “Innocent Party” (Live Acoustic)