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Festival Preview: First Annual Winter Werk Out Kicks Off At The Bluestone

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The Werks will be hosting the first annual ‘Winter Werk Out’ music festival this Friday and Saturday at the Bluestone. The festival will follow suit of their annual summer ‘Werk Out Music and Arts Festival’ drawing on the edm and jam-tronica vibes seen at Thornville, Ohio’s outdoor Legend Valley venue.

Playing alongside The Werks will be multitude of other funky artists, including The Floozies, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Honeycomb and more. Those in attendance can look forward to two stages, as well as tons of art adding to the vibes of the show, including an art slam and themed nights.

Former Werks bassist, Dino Dimitrouleas and Mihali Savoulidis of the jam band Twiddle will also join The Werks in forming ‘The Twerks,’ performing an original Tribute to the 70s.

Drummer for The Werks and festival organizer Rob Chafin explained over the phone that he had noticed a wintertime void for a multiple day event of jam improvisational music in Columbus.

“We wanted to bring that summer Werk Out vibe into the Bluestone and help warm everybody up,” said Chafin.

This weekend also kicks off The Werks three-month long tour in preparation for their new album ‘Magic’. Chafin explained the album, recorded here in Columbus, is some of the group’s most accessible work and explores multiple genres.

“The new record’s got a little bit of everything,” said Chafin. There’s some Tame Impala vibes, reggae similar to 311, but we feel as if we’re finally living up to our name ‘The Werks , as in it’s a little bit of everything…”

The festival kicks off early this Thursday evening with a pre-party celebration at Woodlands Tavern. The pre-party will also feature the debut of ‘Werktronic’ a funky, electronic instrumental dance set. Bands SassafraZ and Conscious Pilot will also join in on the party Thursday night.

If you can’t make it out to this weekend’s festival you can plan ahead for the summer’s Werk Out August 3 – 5 at the Legend Valley venue in Thornville, Ohio.

For more info visit www.thewerkoutfestival.com.

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