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Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about the start of summer. It is supposed to be our chance to remember those that have died for our freedoms. And there is no better way to commemorate the ones we’ve lost – the ones who have kept us safe and free – than to celebrate them artistically through the art, poetry, dance, music, and theater of their brothers and sisters in arms. With the proceeds going to local veterans nonprofits: Clear Path 4 VeteransBlue Star FamiliesYIT Foundation, and the Veterans Repertory Theater, the Savage Wonder Festival is not only about the past – it is also about helping in the present!

Each participant at the Savage Wonder Festival is more than just an accomplished professional artist, each is also a military veteran. Their backstories – the tragedy, the struggle, the perseverance, and the triumph – lends each one’s art a powerful depth. A dance choreographer who was a Marine machine gunner in Fallujah, Iraq. A combat veteran and female engagement team member turned poetAn Iraq veteran handpicked by Placido Domingo to be one of his proteges. An Afghanistan veteran and survivor of a green-on-blue attack whose debut outlaw country album was engineered and produced by the Grammy winning Station House in Los Angeles. These are not your typical world-class artists.

From the beer garden to the rock wall, from the food trucks to the service dog demonstrations, from the outdoor music to the two indoor stages, you’re not going to run out of fun. And whether you are seeing former USMC Combat Artist Elize McKelvey do live illustrations, going to the screening of former Green Beret Scott Mann’s filmed play Last Out before it releases on Amazon Prime, or watching the veterans of Frontline Arts demonstrate how to turn old military uniforms into the most mind-blowing paper you’ve ever seen, you’re going to discover a whole new way to celebrate Memorial Day, even if it’s on the day before!

Come and join us in celebrating the veterans that are gone, listening to the veterans that are still here, and supporting veterans in need.

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