Nine bands performed over seven hours at the Port Orange City Center to showcase their indie rock talents.
The Port Orange City Center hosted a party for the cool kids on Saturday night in the form of the inaugural Daytona Beach Indie Fest.
The Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater proved to be an excellent stage for nine bands that were able to play full 30-minute sets in front of their fans and other Port Orange residents.
“It’s my son’s 21st birthday,” said Risalina Leuterio, the mother of Luke Leuterio, who plays guitar, piano and drums in his two-piece band called Stranger, Stranger. “Instead of renting out the rec center, it was much cheaper to have it here and I said gather your group and we’ll just have fun! He gathered them through Facebook, and we decided to make it big and have vendors. I’m really glad, I think it turned out really well.”
Headlining the show was longtime Daytona Beach locals Odessos, whose sound combines funky rhythms with unpredictable time signatures to energize and enthrall crowds.
The quartet has been together since 2014 and after touring across Florida through Orlando, Deland, Daytona, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Melbourne, and Sunrise in the past three years, the indie rockers can look back on where it all began and see how far not just the band has come, but the entire indie music scene in Port Orange and Daytona Beach.
“As someone who has been a part of this scene since its infancy a few years back, it's both humbling and awe-inspiring to see how far we've all come,” said Richard Simunac, guitarist for Odessos. “I'm so thankful for all of the support we had for this event, both behind the scenes and from those who came to enjoy the day with us. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the local music scene here.”