All-day music festival to bring 32 bands to Milford

MILFORD – The Happiness Project Music Festival returns July 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and mental health awareness, and features 32 regional performers on three stages, as well as food trucks, local vendors, and nonprofi t organizations. It is free to attend and is a family friendly event.


This is the third festival co- organizers and co-founders Jason Burlew and Candy Fortney have organized since March 2015. The first event was in Georgetown, and the second was in Smyrna.

“We are really excited and happy to be in Milford,” Ms. Fortney said. “And everything about this third festival is bigger – we have more performers, more stages, more nonprofit organizations, more food trucks, and we plan on having even more fun than we did at the first two.”

The event is headlined by Annapo-lis, Md. rock band Jocelyn Faro & The Ragazzi, Philadelphia, Pa. rock/soul/ R& B singer- songwriter Boy Wonder, North Carolina pop-punk band Eyes Eat Suns, who will be making their Delaware debut at the festival, and Dover’s own R& B/soul singer Kevin McCove.

Other Delaware performers include Green Means Go, Here for the Night, Route Seven, Joe Brellahan, Hanna Paige, Single Origin, Hoochi Coochi, Lauren Foraker, Lost on Mainstreet, Wild Virtu, Lexi Brinsfi eld, and Dylan Swinson.

Additional performers from outside of Delaware include singer/songwriters Alicia Rae and Janelle, from Maryland; county singer Brianna Lauren, from Virginia; sister duo Cecilia Grace, from Maryland; pop-rock singer/songwriters Madison Ryan and Emily Mineo, from Pennsylvania; sister duo Danielle & Jennifer, from Pennsylvania; singer/songwriters Natalie Bermudez, Kate Mills, and Clarabell, all from Pennsylvania; and singer/ songwriters Dynasty Marie and Eric Vattima, from New Jersey.

There will be three music stages – one outside and two inside. Food will be offered by food trucks: The Roaming Raven, from Newark; Vittles, from Salisbury, Md.; Kimo’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice, from Bridgeville, and A Latte Soul, from Milford.

“It is always important to us for this event to appeal to a wide variety of people and we feel this has something for everyone,” Mr. Burlew said. “We’ve got almost every single genre of music covered, we have plenty of food choices, and plenty of local vendors and nonprofit organizations to provide information to all attendees.

“And this is an all-ages event. We want families to feel welcome at the event and we want everyone to bring chairs, bring blankets, lay them out and kick back and relax and enjoy the best music you’ll find anywhere.”

Some of the nonprofit organizations that will have information tables at the event are NAMI of Delaware, ContactLifeline, Paws of Tomorrow, Volunteer Delaware, A Foundation for a Better Tomorrow, Kent- Sussex Counseling, and Brandywine Counseling.

In addition, there will be free yoga offered by Tula Yoga & Reikie Professionals of Dover, and Amanda Marie Yogi of Washington, D.C. Yoga sessions will be held at 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m,, 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. and will be open to all levels. It is a great opportunity to try yoga for the first time.

Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in sponsoring, email happinessmusicfest@

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