As if it wasn't enough to have the biggest movie of the year hitting theaters next month, Jackson Rathbone is adding a music festival to his to-do list. Rathbone, star of New Moon (the second installment in the Twilight series), and some of his fellow cast members will be hosting the NewCon Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, November 6-8.
Jackson's band, 100 Monkeys, will be headlining the festival, which aims to inspire people to get more involved in the arts. The weekend includes Twilight- and New Moon-inspired art competitions as well as poetry and fan fiction contests. 100 Monkeys will also be part of an open jam session on Saturday, November 7. Anyone attending the festival can bring their instrument to jam with the band for two hours. The band will pick one lucky fan to join them on stage Saturday night during their concert at The Wildhorse in downtown Nashville.
"We wanted to do something different that inspires people to be creative," said Rathbone. "NewCon offers all kinds opportunities for people - whether they're writers, musicians, or artists - to share their talents in an interactive way that's fun."
Award winning artist Kelly Garrett Rathbone (Jackson's sister), will be one of the judges at the art competition and a panelist during Q&A sessions over the weekend. She currently has pieces on exhibit in galleries nationwide. The winners of the writing and art contests will get a private meet & greet with all attending New Moon cast members and have their winning pieces signed by them, as well.
100 Monkeys will also host a t-shirt design contest during the festival. The winning shirt will get printed as a limited edition and sold on the band's website, with all of the money going to the Spencer Bell Legacy Project. Spencer was a dear friend of Jackson and his bandmates who lost his battle with adrenal cancer in 2006. For more information, visit www.SpencerBellMemorial.com.
The weekend, hosted at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, promises to be anything but ordinary. To make sure everyone has time to fully enjoy the festival, there are only 400 tickets available. More cast members and bands will be announced every week leading up to the event. For more information about the festival, visit www.NewCon2009.com.