Elestial Sound Spring Showcase at Gallery Protocol

This Saturday Elestial Sound teamed up with Gallery Protocol for the Elestial Sound Spring Showcase that featured a blend of modern music and art.

The concert took place in the backyard of Protocol, 2029 NW 6th St. Doors opened at 7 PM and allowed attendees to look at art currently being displayed in Protocol before the concert began at 8 PM.

People young and old strolled through the gallery until they heard the the hypnotic sound of the first artist, Kane Pour, calling them outside.

Everyone began to gather around the stage which looked as if it was engulfed in neon flames with beams of LED light illuminating the stage while mushrooms and crystals grew from the floor of the stage.

“Inspiration for the stage was based on artwork by Cody Wicker,” said Anastasiya Zolotukhin, who helped build and design the stage. “This art was originally from a zine that Cody created that was a visual representation of a sixteen track artist compilation that Elestial Sound released.”

Elestial Sound is an independent record label based in Gainesville that works to allow its musicians the freedom to create the type of music that they want to.

Protocol is a contemporary art gallery that houses works of art from Gainesville and beyond. During the Elestial Sound Spring Showcase, Protocol had “The Hollow that Echoes” exhibit by Jared Sprecher.

This concert brought families, college students and Gainesville residents all together for a night that revolved around the appreciation of music and art.

People showed their appreciation for the music in a variety of different ways. Some swayed their head and bodies along flowing beat of the music. Some were more bold and let the music overtake their entire body as they danced. Some stood in the back and chatted quietly with their friends as they took in the concert.

One woman danced with a hula-hoop while four young children tried to copy her moves with matching hoops behind her. As the night got darker, the woman turned on the LED lights in her hoops.

The children that were copying her got tired and found a soft space on the grass to admire hooping while enjoying some snacks from the food truck, FED Food Company.

FED is a mobile food kitchen that serves only locally grown foods that are in season with options for the meat lovers and vegans alike.

Protocol closed at 8 PM when the concert began, but there was an outdoor gallery with work by Cody William Wicker that guests admired between sets or as they swayed along to the music.


About ashbystrauch

Ashby Strauch is a journalism student at the University of Florida with a love for the Earth and its inhabitants. She is passionate about learning, storytelling and social media. Ashby is currently a staff writer for GainesvilleScene and a health reporter for The Student Body Magazine. She aspires to tell the stories that need to be told--whatever they are and wherever that takes her. One of her particular interests is how storytelling can bring about societal change. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time outdoors. Her mantra: be the person your dog thinks you are.
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