Music for Munchkins Festival taking place in Troy

Music for Munchkins Festival taking place in TroyHeavy metal band Rabid Panda, from Elmira, is pictured at last year’s Music for Munchkins Festival. Music for Munchkins allows kids to become immersed in classic rock, pop and metal music. (Photo provided by Travis Walker)

The fourth annual Music for Munchkins will be taking place on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Troy and Travis Walker, one of the festival planners, is continuing his mission of connecting munchkins with the music. 

“I want kids to see music,” Walker said. “I want them to be in awe about it.”

Walker feels that most music festivals do not involve children in the festivities. Each year, the Music for Munchkins Festival invites families to a show that isn’t watered down with children’s music, but instead exposes all to a range of musical genres such as classic rock, classic pop, country and metal. 

Music for Munchkins Festival taking place in Troy
Heavy metal band Rabid Panda, from Elmira, is pictured at last year’s Music for Munchkins Festival. Music for Munchkins allows kids to become immersed in classic rock, pop and metal music. (Photo provided by Travis Walker)

On top of that, he and his partner, Matt Putnam, wanted to find a way to give back to the community. This year’s festival will be benefitting House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, which works to put instruments in kids’ hands that are in under-resourced communities. 

So far, the festival has a lineup of seven local artists ranging in style to ensure that there is something for everyone. Some of the artists and bands include the Ashley Lux Band performing classic rock, the rock band Torn, country artist Tim Ruffo, and 15-year-old Payton Clark. 

“Everybody has their own energy and you have to see it to understand that energy,” Walker said. 

Along with the music, there will be yard games like corn hole, ladder ball and ring toss, beverages and, something that Walker is excited for because he won’t have to cook, a food truck. Walker says that he wants the kids to focus on the music, but at the same time, to have fun with their family. 

Music will be kid friendly until 8 p.m. when the heavier bands come out, and it becomes “an adults’ night out,” Walker added. 

Walker said that the festival has come a long way since its beginnings four years ago when the stage was built out of discarded pallets. When he can stand in the middle of the festival and see everyone enjoying themselves, making friends and listening to music he gets a “warm, fiery, toasty feeling.”  

Music for Munchkins will take place at 3535 Fallbrook Rd. in Troy, and the cost is $10; children under ten enter free. Gates open at 1 p.m. and music starts at 3 p.m. Camping is encouraged. 

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