Quantum Flux showcases Arkansas performers in miniature music festival
Where can you listen to live music while you camp under the stars amid artists and performers, and explore your own artistic talents? At Quantum Flux, a music festival in Little Rock Aug. 23 and 24 planned, in part, by a UALR student.
“I was the one who said ‘let’s make a baby,’ and now it’s our – the three of us – baby,” said Nick Sumbles, business major and co-organizer with Cat Innergy Hicks and Zachary Robert. In addition to organizing the festival, Sumbles will play music as Sick Numbles.
“Quantum Flux is a sort of mini-festival, one-night camping and concert experience meant to provide a space for creative community expression,” Hicks said. The festival will include musicians, dancers, yogis, visual artists and video jockeys, she said.
Hicks explained the festival’s name, saying, “‘Flux’ sums up the event as a flux of energy or a flux of space – vibrating waves…and the ‘Quantum’ makes it very cerebral.”
A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit KABF 88.3FM.
“It’s a community radio run on donations,” Hicks said. “Their level of commercial influence is much lower than other stations, but it provides a voice for the people. If you want a radio show, just call them up and talk about getting a slot. You can’t do that with Clear Channel.”
“We want to show KABF that we do really care and that our community does exist and it gives in a different way,” said Corey Stardust, one of the festival performers and co-host of Perfect Glitch, which the station airs Wednesday nights. “KABF is really important to this community,” he added.
All the musicians are local, Hicks said. The musical line-up features Cory Stardust, S!Bass Cadet, 7HR047 P1X3L5, Sick Numbles, Spot Wade, Dustin Searcy and Kyle Owen, Zora McBride, and Groovecluster, also known as Jackson Diner, a sophomore mass communication major.
Unscheduled musicians can perform on stage from 12:30 to 2 a.m. Casual festival goers can participate in drum circles, community painting and an alchemy workshop, in which they make an elixir made from herbs, spring water and crystals, Hicks said. She added that she would like the festival to be educationally and creatively stimulating.
The festival grounds, which were provided and cultivated by Robert, feature a chemical-free pool, Hicks said. There will also be food and laundry services available, she said. Entry is $5 or $10 dollars for camping and entry. Additional details are available on the Quantum Flux Facebook page.
“I’m definitely expecting an intensified, diverse collective of individuals coming together to bring you an incredible journey,” Sumbles said. “It’s definitely an opportunity for [artists] to expand and explode and show people what they’ve got.”
“I would people to come out and experience a festival-type lifestyle, by which I mean come out and see people having genuine fun and being able to be a group with everyone in tune with each other,” Stardust said.
Tag Jackson, who will play electronic music as S!Bass Cadet, said he would like to see “lots of booty shaking, and a lot of people getting along, having fun, and putting aside differences and barriers.” He added that the festival will help give local artists exposure.
Quantum Flux first took form in July, when Sumbles approached Hicks, who had prior experience organizing festivals, and Robert, who had wanted to host a festival for a while.
After donating to KABF, remaining proceeds will help fund future festivals, Hicks said. “We have a lot of great ideas to make the next event bigger and better and even more dynamic,” she said.
“Everything is leading up to this point,” Sumbles said, “but it’s not the end of the journey; it’s the beginning of another journey.”