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Universal Vibe returns to downtown Texarkana Oct 15.

by Erin DeBlanc | September 22, 2022 at 4:13 p.m.
Universal Vibe creator Colton Foltz and his wife, Cassie Crabbe, talk out some final details for the upcoming music, arts and wellness festival while having coffee at Alley Cats Coffee Bar. Universal Vibe is a free family-friendly community event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, on Front Street in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. (Staff photo by Erin DeBlanc)

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- The third annual Universal Vibe music, arts and wellness festival is coming to downtown Texarkana on Oct. 15.

Universal Vibe is free to the community and aims to provide a safe environment where people can connect with one another through holistic health and a variety of art forms to heal, evolve and thrive.

WIth four performing stages, 30 musicians, 20 workshops, 75 vendors, a kids' area and more, Universal Vibe 2022 is expected to be even bigger and better than last year. Guests can plan to attend fire performances, yoga workshops, sound healing therapies, poetry and music performances and belly dancing shows.

"I haven't stopped working on Universal Vibe 2022 since October of last year," said creator Colton Foltz. "The most rewarding moments have been releasing the lineup and seeing the graphics created for it. Seeing all the awesome graphics makes it real."

Foltz has spent the past year working with the help of his wife, Cassie Crabbe, and friend Wililiam QwillA Young to plan and grow the event so Universal Vibe can offer even more for the community to enjoy.

"I watch as the challenges arise daily and how his hard work and dedication can literally pull through anything," Crabbe said.

The Universal Vibe team has worked together to provide an abudance of activities and options for the day, including live painting performances with artists such as Brian Jones, Kayla Mercer and Valeriya Street.

Guests can browse vendor stations from a variety of businesses such as Pretty Dead Things by Michelle McCarver, Cactus Cones coffee and shaved ice, and Angelic Alchemy with Amanda Pipes, among many others, all while watching a lineup of performers both local and regional.

"The first 250 people to arrive at Universal Vibe get free swag bags filled with awesome stuff from our sponsors and vendors," Foltz said.

Universal Vibe will have three music stages this year: Yin Stage, Yang Stage and The Vibe Mainstage.

"There will be a wide variety of music to watch live, from electronic dance music DJs, to rock bands, singer-songwriters, poets and island swamp music," Foltz said. "Island swamp music is like island reggae vibes mixed with Louisiana swamp vibes. I'm very excited to see them."

The Yin Stage will have performances by artists such as Nicci McCarty and Siege.

Guests can look forward to performances by Blake Morris and Deep Sequence and a fire performance by Phantom Flow Arts at The Vibe Mainstage.

The Yang Stage will have musicians and DJs such as QwillA and Dooee b2b Rx Evil.

Holistic-based workshops and therapies can also be found at Universal Vibe in the Healers Village space.

"It's a nice grassy area," Foltz said.

The Healers Village will have workshops and classes such as Intro to Reiki with Colleen Narens Woods and Sacred Women's Circle hosted by Yulia.

Another area, the ReKinection Section, is a place where guests can learn about different flow arts with classes like Beginners Aerial, and then guests can watch an aerial-fire-dance performance finale with Coshiki.

"Something new and fun for the kids this year is that we will have two different magic shows in the Kid's Art District Area," Foltz said.

Dan the Magician will perform his magic show and Uncle Funk will perform in the Kids Art District Area. Parents and children can also wind down the evening with a sunset bubble party there.

An after-party at Crossties will close out the night with performances by Flintwick, Liquid Lizards and OHNOITSDOUG. Tickets to the after-party can be purchased for $20.

"I hope people leave Universal Vibe inspired to create in whatever way they choose," Foltz said. "We want to inspire people to create music and art, or to inspire positive change, mindfulness and overall better health."

(Universal Vibe is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 on East Front Street, with an after-party at Crossties Event Venue from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information, visit Universalvibe.org, email [email protected] or find @universalvibetxk on social media.)

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