Most teenage indie rock fans show their devotion by etching the names of their favorite bands on their notebooks or schoolbags. For Kirby Campbell, the best way to express his love of local underground rock was to start a music festival. In 2008, the then-high school senior founded the Geronimo festival, a single-day, multi-venue event in downtown Lafayette showcasing emerging indie acts from Lafayette as well as New Orleans and Dallas. The inaugural festival was an unexpected success, with nearly 30 bands drawing over 600 local music fans, bringing skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors to Acadiana.
For 2009, Campbell enlisted the help of Tiffany Lamson to help expand on 2008’s success. “We don’t want to see the Lafayette scene die,” says Lamson, who brings festival experience through her work with Lafayette’s Festival Internationale de Louisiane. “It’s all we have.”
The 2009 festival takes place May 30 and brings in over 35 bands for nonstop music from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at three Lafayette bars within walking distance of each other. The festival will also feature a common area/rest center in close proximity to the venues containing a small stage for acoustic performers and food vendors.
Geronimo’s line-up is evenly split between Lafayette bands and acts from surrounding areas, including New Orleans artists Quintron and Miss Pussycat, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Caddywhompus, and A Living Soundtrack. Geronimo will also have a fundraiser for the festival at the Hi-Ho Lounge on May 1, with A Living Soundtrack, MyNameIsJohnMichael, and Caddywhompus performing. The fundraiser hopes to do for Geronimo what the festival does for the Lafayette indie rock scene. “Geronimo rejuvenates us,” says Lamson, “it gives the scene a shot in the arm.”