SA’s Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival Is Like Coachella With a Real Cause

SA’s Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival Is Like Coachella With a Real Cause After the millennial-music-festival giant Coachella was recently slammed for questionable donation habits, a whole slew of flower-crown-wearing, flash-tattoo-clad attendees were left wondering: Is it ethical to attend a festival whose values they couldn’t get behind? While there’s no easy solution to this Coachella paradox, Texas music lovers can breathe easy knowing San Antonio’s upcoming Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival is, through and through, an event with not only a great cause, but a unique one. Hosted by Boerne-based nonprofit Aid the Silent (an organization focused on advocating for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community), Good Vibrations is a festival that seeks to include the very community many would discount as “impossible” to include at a live music event: persons with hearing loss. By partnering with hearing-solution industry leaders, Aid The Silent has created a truly innovative all-accessible festival. The lineup, which will include popular musicians like Parachute, American Idol winner Kris Allen, and singer-songwriter duo Penny & Sparrow, will feature ten hours of real-time captioning, sign language interpretation, looping technology that transmits sound directly into hearing aid wearers’ devices, backpacks that transmit sound into vibrations, an LED dance floor, and a visual sound wave board that is synchronized to the tempo of the music. As pioneers of this new kind of multi-sensory event, the Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival was the first of its kind to include deaf accommodations to this magnitude: an effort that has not gone unnoticed. Last year, the San Antonio area festival won a “Best of the Fests” award for its charitable work at the FestForums Conference awards in Santa Barbara, California. Proceeds from the event will benefit Aid the Silent’s continual efforts to provide opportunities, accessibility, and equality to deaf youth. Aid the Silent’s goal is to give deaf/HOH children the same opportunities to excel as their hearing peers. The festival, which will take place at SABOT’s historic Sunken Garden Theater on Saturday, September 29, 2018 (1:00 to 11:00 PM), is open and welcoming to people of all ages and modes of hearing. (Click here to visit the official website for tickets and information!)