Arts & Entertainment: Louie G’s seeks sponsors for DreamFest ’13

Last year, Louie G’s Pizzeria in Fife put on an outdoor music festival showcasing Washington State bands that proved to be a huge hit with the crowds and a lucrative benefit for Northwest Harvest. In fact, DreamFest was so well attended that this year it will be a two-day event, scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22 in the parking lot of Louie G’s.

In preparation for the second annual DreamFest, Louie G’s owner and event co-organizer Louie Galarza has put out the call for sponsors to hop on board and support what has quickly become one of the most buzzworthy happenings in the South Sound and beyond. This year, proceeds will benefit the Everett-based Burned Children Recovery Foundation (http://www.burnedchildrenrecovery.org), founded in 1989 to provide emotional and financial assistance to families struggling during their child's recovery from their burn injuries. Sponsors will receive a lot of exposure through logo and banner placements during DreamFest, in addition to perpetuating a family-friendly event that seeks to help local musicians and bands get in front of as many people as possible. Those wanting more information about sponsorships can contact Galarza at (253) 740-6018 or e-mail him at dreamfest2013@comcast.net.

“Last year everybody wanted to play it, and a lot of people heard about it afterward and now as soon as I said I’m booking DreamFest the floodgates opened, all the way from here to New York,” - Louie Galarza

Ever since opening for business in 2008 Louie G’s has been a reliable go-to place for fundraisers for all kinds of causes such as Relay for Life. “Just in five and a half years we’ve helped raise over $600,000,” Galarza said.

He’s looking forward to filling up a two-day DreamFest this year with local bands to play. Last year he booked 10 bands and this year he’s looking to book 20-plus over the two days.

“Last year everybody wanted to play it, and a lot of people heard about it afterward and now as soon as I said I’m booking DreamFest the floodgates opened, all the way from here to New York,” Galarza said. “We want to have a day two because we can get some of these kid bands that have been playing here to get on that stage and experience it so that’s huge.”

Some major favorites will be rockin’ the stage at DreamFest ’13, including Randy Hanson, The Fame Riot, Ben Union, Sweet Kiss Mama, Riot in Rhythm and more. There might be a few surprises as well that Galarza has up his sleeve.

“DreamFest is huge among people in the local music scene,” he said. “Nobody does what this does.”

Admission will be $20 for one day, $30 for two days, and free to those 13 and under. Galarza serves $5 meals all day, and he’s considering adding a beer garden this year as well if funding comes through.

"DreamFest is like a dream come true for me," Galarza said on the eve of last year’s very first DreamFest. "Not only am I able to provide a mega stage for the talented musicians I admire, but I am able to help the community on a larger scale than I could have only imagined. And I am able to do it because of the help of so many people I love."

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