Queen City Shout celebrates the arts and supports the fight against poverty
Live music will soon fill the air in Springfield as more than 100 musical acts, representing a variety of genres, perform in a week-long arts festival.
Honoring 11 years of the Springfield arts community, Queen City Cry presents not only music but also cinema and art. The festival will take place across the city with events taking place on Commercial Street, downtown and in the Rountree neighborhood from March 21-27.
This year’s festival will be the longest and biggest. This is the first year that Queen City Shout has lasted a full week and in the past the festival has only taken place on Commercial Street.
Before making its way to Commercial Street, the festival kicked off in the cafeteria of Bordersa book and music retail store that has since closed.
At the time, Eddie Gumucio, founder and organizer of Queen City Shout, was associated with the bookstore and felt that Springfield lacked a smoke-free, family-friendly music scene.
Gumucio said he was also tired of Springfield being considered a “flyover zone” when it came to original music. He wanted to prove that Springfield has something to offer.
So he proposed to his general manager to organize a month-long series, featuring musicians from Thursday to Sunday in February.
The series was a hit and the start of what Queen City Shout is today.
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While the festival started out purely as a musical series, over the years Gumucio and the festival organizers have given back to the community. He described Queen City Shout as a festival with a dual mission.
“The first part is to celebrate the arts, because we want to recognize the great amount of talent that there is in our city, and the second part is to support the fight against poverty,” Gumucio said.
This year, Queen City Shout is donating proceeds to six local nonprofits: Ozarks Community Partnership, Isabella’s house, The Kitchen, Inc., great circle, Community Action Society of the Ozarks Region and house of harmony.
Gumucio said about 90 percent of the profits made from the festival will be distributed equally among nonprofit organizations. Any remaining proceeds will be carried over to next year’s festival.
As well as donating festival proceeds, Queen City Shout is also hosting a Fundraising GoFundMe for the six NPOs, with a goal of $5,000.
The first day of the festival will begin at 6 p.m. The cave with “The QCS Evening.” The opening event will include a performance of “the meantime“, a modern rock trio, followed by a screening of 2021 SATO48 films and panel with the filmmakers.
SATO 48 is an annual 48-hour film challenge held in the Ozarks.
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During the first part of the week, from Monday to Wednesday, the festival will focus on cinema and the arts.
Tuesday March 22, Moxie Cinema is screening”Offer hope“, a feature documentary about runner Kevin Kline, the first person in history to run the 300 miles of Dalton Highway in Alaska to raise awareness for children battling cancer.
Two hours of Missouri State University student films will be screened at Creamery Arts Center Wednesday March 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also on Wednesday, “center of nowhere“a documentary about the Springfield music community, will screen at The Cellar from 7-10 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, March 24, musical performances on eight stages in three areas – Commercial Street, Downtown and Rountree – of Springfield will showcase an assortment of genres including hip hop, country, bluegrass, pop rock and alternative indie.
“From a festival perspective, our idea is that it’s like an appetizer, but one of those sampler appetizers, where you get a bit of everything,” Gumucio said. “I think there is something for everyone.”
Throughout the musical weekend, four artists, including the painter Garrett Melby, will create live art that will be for sale. Artists will be featured at The Cellar, Mother’s Brewing Company, Hold Fast Brewing and Tie and Timber Beer Co., according to the Queen City Shout website.
The complete festival schedule and list of artists are available on the Queen City Shout website.
“Having played here for 25 years, I’ve seen, for a city of this size, we really have a talent pool, not just in music…but with film and the arts,” Gumucio said. “It’s important in that we want to celebrate the arts, we want Springfield to be recognized and seen. We also want to be seen as a community that supports its neighbor, helps its brother and sister. We’re all in the same boat. “
Tickets for the festival are available at Eventbrite. One-day passes are $15 and seven-day passes are $40.