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Written by Ellie Kay of Sublunary (link:

Mike may be under thirty but he’s already experienced so much. For the last seven years, he has been the drummer of Galaxy Dynamite. Galaxy Dynamite’s genre is Psychedelic Electronic Space Rock and they’ve been the winner of “Best Psychedelic/Jam Band” award by Veer for the last three years. They list their influences as “Steve Vai, Lake Trout, The Disco Biscuits, Ozric Tentacles, and The New Deal”.

The band may have started at Open Mic nights but has accomplished so much in the last few years. In one summer they performed a 78 show tour. They’ve now done over 500 live performances and now focus on creating. Galaxy dynamite is a band that doesn’t feature vocals but instead focuses on melodic instrumentals to create a dynamic energy. Each song is an entire story without a single word.

This year, Galaxy Dynamite will be headlining Starfire Festival 2 at O’Connors on April 21st, 2018

. Last year, Starfire Festival 1 had over 2,500 people in attendance. The festival had vendors, artists, demonstrations, video game tournaments, cosplay, and more. This year he’s bringing even more excitement to the table. Mike is aiming to bring the classic psychedelic American music experience to Norfolk.

For many of the guests in attendance, this will be their first big music festival. Mike wanted everyone to be able to experience something like they’ve never seen in a family-friendly environment. Attendees can expect a myriad of competitions: video games, tabletop card games, beer pong, corn hole, the color war, and more. In addition, there will also be live art demonstrations such as live mural painting collaboration and glass blowing.

Mike noted that his success would not be possible without the incredible support system he’s developed. He noted particularly that he would not be able to make this event happen if it were not for some amazing teamwork. EJ Toudt is great for feedback and handles all of the graphic design. Khalil Riddick is the curator of the art demonstration team and has been invaluable in managing such an undertaking. Sonja Sunny Days is his day of coordinator and right-hand man. Bobby Phillips of Electro Organics provides all stage management including sounds and lighting. Finally, none of this would be possible without the assistance of Sarah Soreno and O’Connors.

Starfire has acquired the support and sponsorship of many of the local legends including 96X, WHRO, the Norfolk City Council, Thrive, Downtown 100, Hampton Roads Transit, Virginia Pilot, Veer Magazine, and more. With this sort of support from the city of Norfolk and a lot of hard work, this is sure to be an incredible event.

It’s sure to be a magical event with some of the most brilliant minds Norfolk has to offer. Attendees can look forward to over 15 visual artists demoing, 20 bands playing, and some playful friendly competition. Starfire 1 was a party the likes of which Norfolk hadn’t seen in a long time. Make sure you don’t miss this incredible celebration of music, arts, and culture.