The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival (WOX) celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend at Thorneville, Ohio's Legend Valley Campground. Attendees came from around the country to celebrate in near-perfect weather. Host band The Werks recently announced a fall hiatus, with these being their last shows of 2019.
Saturday's vibe was friendly and fun, with mermaids on site in an Atlantis-themed pool, a giant jellyfish art installation with swings inside, a renegade DJ stage that threw some wild late-nights in the middle of the grounds, and a welcoming mental health Werkshop for all ages under a parachute by a Columbus group called Roochute. There was something for everyone musically, ranging from reggae kings Steel Pulse, to various rock bands peppered with members of The String Cheese Incident and a handful of electronic DJ sets. They even had a full marching band called March Fourth from Portland, Oregon. A standout set of the day, don't miss them when they come to your town if you like to dance and see a creative, costumed spectacle.
Another highlight was The Werks meet and greet at the Headcount booth, where the band met fans and signed up unregistered voters. Keyboardist Dan Shaw renewed his own voter registration with a volunteer's help for his home county, and helped sign up a few new voters as well. The Werkers Union, the band's fan club, gathered round the booth for photos and camaraderie amongst politics, which was just refreshing to see, especially amongst young people. On Saturday, The Werks played a daytime VIP acoustic set and a full plugged-in set to close the festival.
Ohio Headcount Midwest Volunteer Coordinator JR Wotring said they signed up a good amount of voters this year and that Headcount loves going to Legend Valley. A veteran Werk Out attendee, Wotring explained what made this year so special:
"What I believe made WOX the most interesting this year was the change in layout and the Atlantis concept. From my (Headcount booth) perch alongside Atlantis, I watched as the people moved like tides across the Atlantis landscape. Happy faces rolling into the main stage to see their favorite band, or a riptide of people rolling out to see that band everyone should know, but doesn't yet, over on the Camp Stage. All in all, WOX turned the Valley into the perfect place for everyone to choose their own perfect adventure."
Check out the photos from Saturday below! Lots of friendly faces, can you find yourself?