455 S Westgate Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
This years’ theme for Summer Jam West was “the peace train”.
Sidebar: This was a festival packed with a lot of activities so pace yourself.
Tell me about your car.
This is a 1976 Chevy Malibu. I have been working on it 20 years. It was given to me. It was decorated at a county fair in California. It was a mess. I had to spend the first two years taking things off. Then, I started putting things on. The theme is the garden of good and evil. I have three art cars. This is my medium.
Tell me about your ride.
I do a girls rhythm and rock camp in the summer. My theme is female characters and music events. It is a Kia Sol so, I named it Soul Sister. Ramona and Greg talked me into it. Once you start it, you will be hooked. I started at the Hot Times Festival about a year and a half ago.
I love it! People come up and talk to you that never would. You can be parked somewhere random and people come over. It makes people happy. People are always taking pictures. It is like having the Doo Dah parade 365 days a year.
Is this your ride (primary car)?
We are alternative music from right here, in Columbus, Ohio. We have been a band for about three years. We have new music coming out November 2 at the Basement (our second EP (extended play) record release). We are so excited.
What is the name of your first project?
Our first EP is called “Ghost of You.” You can find that on any place where music is streamed.
Sidebar: In the first picture, you can see the top of the little girl’s head. The girl dished the line to tell Kenzie Coyne how much she loved the music. The interaction between them was priceless!
There were a lot of kid’s activities:
There were activities for all ages:
One of the highlights of this festival is watching members of the Chalk Guild create live chalk art.
Tell me what you do and how it feels to be the inspiration of live art.
I’d say music, but I also do photography on the side. This makes me really happy. I have known Hillary for years. I went to school with her kids. What an honor. She is really talented.
Tell me about your band.
I’m in a band called Snarls. I’d say we do alternative rock. We have an all female front end (female guitarist) and Max on drums. We like to play downtown. We went on a couple of tours. We are just trying to get the ball rolling. We have been together for a year and a half.
I am 19. I am just starting to get myself out there. If you follow me and you like my stuff, please don’t hesitate to message me. I am willing to work with anybody.
Is this a family affair?
It is a family affair and I also do it on my own. We have been doing this since 2013 in Texas.
Did you drive all the way from Texas to participate?
No. We moved here about two and a half years go. We live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am part of the Chalk Guild. They told me about Summer Jam West and that is why my family is participating.
Is this your day gig?
This is a weekend gig. I have another art related job where I work with kids. This stuff I like to do on the side: commission and mural work.
We are passionate about sharing art, love, and faith. It all comes together when you create stuff.
Tell me about yourself and what you are doing today.
I have been doing chalk since 2014. I do it about five or six times a year. Today, I am doing John Lennon. I am named after Paul McCartney. I figure I would do John Lennon since it is the peace train. I have been an artist since I was sixteen. I went to Ringling Arts School in Sarasota and graduated in 1989. I just moved back to Ohio about five years ago. There is a big chalk scene in Florida. The weather is perfect there all year around. I’m glad they have a chalk scene here.
Give peace a chance. Imagine peace because that is what the world needs.
Tell me about your organization.
We are a non-profit community bike shop or a bicycle cooperative. We provide a space where people can come in and use our stand, use our tools, and get help fixing up their bike. If you are an experienced mechanic, we have all the tools, grease, or anything you might want at a professional grade bike shop to do repairs. If you are a novice, we have volunteer mechanics on hand to coach you through the process, so you learn about bike maintenance and repair. We do classes. We have community rides. We support youth programs all over the city. We do a lot of things centered around community building bicycles.
Tell me about the rides.
We have two monthly bike rides. Community ride is education focused. We take people on a 5 mile tour of Franklinton and the downtown area the third Wednesday evening of the month.. It is a really pretty ride. We ask people to pre-register. We have a ride leader and a sweep to make sure people don’t get left behind. We talk about different traffic situations as we go. The other one is our coffee outside ride series. We bike to a different metro park. The first Sunday of the month at 9.30am. We start at the bike shop, then ride to the park and brew coffee at the park, socialize, chat for a while, then ride back. Typically, those rides are ten miles each way.
What about a bathroom?
I make sure that there is at least a portajohn.
Franklinton Cycle Works is for everybody. If you enjoy riding a bike, I think we have something for you. Check us out online. Come visit us. I think it is a good community to be a part of and we would like to have you.
Sidebar: I included pictures of children creating art to demonstrate centrifugal force
at the Cosi Festival (https://www.614whats2love.com/home/cosi-science-festival). I wanted to do it then, but there were children waiting. Today, there was no line, so I did it!
Tell me about your band.
We started about ten years ago with a band called “Pirates of the Scioto.” Then me and Lynn, the guitarist, separated from them and started “Zoo Trip.” Then, rebranded to “Zoo Trippin’.” We have been around for about five years as “Zoo Trippin’.”
What type of rock?
I would say, we are blues based rock. It is alternative as well. We have a little funk, a little soul and a little hip hop.
I have heard you play at other festivals. Are you gonna keep all your clothes on today?
Summer Jam West is very family friendly. I have received emails giving me a heads up that it is family friendly.
Sidebar: At another festival down town he started the set with a hat, shirt, tie, and pants by the end of the set, he had on a neck tie and boxer shorts.
Is this event important to you because you grew up in this area?
Very much so. I’m from the Hilltop. We didn’t have a whole lot of stuff like this when we were growing up. It is really cool that you can see music and do all these arts. You can get a $1 pop and a $1 snow cone with all the inflation going on in the world. We had the bean dinner and that was kind of nice, but that was it.
You should have asked me who are hugs and kisses.
Where do you see hugs and kisses, what are you talking about?
Hugs and Kisses is Columbus’ best kept secret. They are a theatrical act.
Are you part of it?
No, not at all. I just love talking about it because they are so rare and mind blowing.
Sidebar: Talking to Tony Casa was a breath of fresh air. It is rare that performers mention other performers. After this conversation, I made it a point to stay an extra half an hour to listen to most of their set. They had the crowd hyped. My personal favorite in the set was “Signed, Sealed Delivered, I’m Yours.”
My Take: Fellowship around the arts has the ability to bring us together by starting a conversation (if we make the effort). This festival is balanced in what is offered. There is something for everyone.