The Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees voted on July 9 to allow the Scarsdale Business Alliance to host Scarchella, a music festival in Chase Park. The name Scarchella comes from the uber-cool California music festival, Coachella, which features top name artists and attracts more than a quarter million music lovers every April at more than $400 a pop.
Scarsdale’s free admission version is slated for Sept. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. with musical acts, activities for kids, contained wine tasting and food trucks.
“Over a year ago, Rob Shire, a lifetime Scarsdale resident — SHS class of ’85 — called me saying that he knew I was involved in village revitalization and had an idea to bring a music festival to Scarsdale,” said Village Trustee Jane Veron. “I knew that the [Scarsdale Business Alliance] was planning a food and wine event and thought it would be a great idea to have the events coincide.”
Two bouncy castles set up on Boniface Circle by the Harwood building will anchor the Kids’ Zone, along with a tent of kids activities and police and fire vehicles. The beer and wine tents with tables for approximately 20 distributors will offer samples from noon to 5 p.m.
Of course, a lineup of local bands and singers will be the centerpiece of the event.
“We have six bands already booked for this year, including some high school boys, and [we] are developing a database of other bands interested to play next year or at other musical events throughout the year,” said Veron. Some of the local bands include WHERE IS PHI, The Big Red Words, and Someday Radio.
“As brothers, [Mike and Tom Dwyer] grew up in Scarsdale and have always contributed to the music scene in Westchester along with Tito Wilson on drums,” said Mike Dwyer, the guitarist and one of the vocalists for Someday Radio, “A music festival in Scarsdale will bring great joy to our hearts and gives us an opportunity to share our love of music with the community.” Someday Radio will cover Tom Petty, U2, The Cure, Johnny Cash, Snow Patrol, The Killers and originals from their upcoming album.
Scarsdale police will be at the event to help control traffic, overseeing street closures and the wine tents. The Scarsdale Fire Department will also be at the event to watch for hazardous conditions.
Scarchella will be a free event with the goal of bringing all community members together.
The only question on every seasoned festivalgoer’s mind is, “Will there be flower crowns?”