Christopher Gifford, 32, is excited to introduce a dozen local bands during the first annual Crooked Grind Music Festival, happening Sept. 21.
Gifford is the event manager for the festival, held at Bugaboo Tattoo Southlake, 4357 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville.
“Ten of the bands are regional acts, and two are from Michigan. There are two hip hop acts, one pop punk act and nine metal/hardcore/screamo bands,” he said.
The 10-hour event is sponsored by Bugaboo Tattoo and Broadway Music, and is expected to draw between 300 and 500 music fans.
It will feature a 500-square-foot skate park onsite, built by Disciple Construction, and artwork from local artists will be displayed.
Admission is $10 and benefits Young Life, a Colorado- based nonprofit organization that seeks to build mentoring relationships with teens undergoing hardship.
“I was approached by Young Life NWI to organize and manage the festival. For six months I’ve been a part of a team planning and executing all areas of event,” Gifford said.
“The money raised from the fest will go directly to Young Life of NWI. It is used to help with other YL events and connect teens with mental health professionals if need be.”
“Also, we will have YL mentors at the festival if any teenager there wants to talk. Our goal is to provide a positive environment for teenagers for the day and also raise money in order to be able to help them throughout their teen years,” he added.
More information about the event can be found at facebook.com/CrookedGrindMusicFestival.
Gifford graduated from Highland High School in 1999 and earned a business management degree in 2010 from Purdue University Calumet.
He has been employed as a hairstylist for 12 years. “The job doesn’t always pay well, but I enjoy working hands-on with a diverse client base and helping people feel confident (in their appearance),” he said.
His portfolio can be viewed at facebook.com/ChristopherMatthewHair.
Gifford lives in Highland with his wife, Janneal and daughter, Zion. He is a member of Suncrest Christian Church.