The rise of "fest culture" in the world of underground music is a particularly divisive topic. While music festivals allow tons of kids to watch all of their favorite bands in one convenient location, it can be hard for local scenes to compete with the massive bills these fests boast. With Harmony Festival, Rochester-based booking agency The Entertainment Collective is providing a solution to this dilemma: a two-day fest almost entirely consisting of local bands. Headlined by hometown pop-punk heroes Such Gold (pictured) on Friday and local metalcore juggernauts Vanity Strikes on Saturday, Harmony Fest will feature 15 bands, offering a taste of just about everything our regional rock, punk, and metal scenes have to offer, from Kind of Kind's introspective math-rock to Reps' blistering hardcore and beyond.
Harmony Festival will take place on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, at the Harmony House, 58 East Main Street, Webster. 6 p.m. both days. $15. tecshows.com.