A community coming together to fight suicide, depression, and mental illnesses.
    Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 6:00 pm  -  Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont

  • Together We Can Help

    After Joseph Loughner took his life, his family felt helpless.  In order to both keep Joe’s memory alive and to do something productive, Joe’s brothers and sister-in-laws created the Spreading Light Music Festival to fight mental illnesses.  We dedicate our efforts to Joe and all those lost to depression and suicide.

    We are excited to be partnering with The Point Independent Radio for the 4th Annual Spreading Light Music Festival by bringing a mental wellness outreach event to one of their FREE summertime concerts.  Several mental health organizations throughout the area will be on-hand to provide resources.  Come join us for a FREE family friendly event where you can enjoy music, mental wellness activities and a beautiful sunset over Lake Champlain!

    - Spreading Light Music Festival Team


    Donations support Active Minds, a 501(c)3 non-profit, which aims to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.  Active Minds supports student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy groups on college campuses nationwide.


    A mental wellness outreach event during a FREE concert


    Burlington's Battery Park


    Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 6:00 pm
    (free 30 minutes yoga starting at 6:00 pm)




    Mike Edel / Foy Vance

    What to Bring:

    •  Blanket / chairs, all your friends and family!

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  • Doctor Rick

    Doctor Rick is a captivating group of comrades who just so happen to play instruments. Being together less than a year, they have an impressive number of original songs that keep crowds intrigued, excited, and always wanting more. Not to mention the fact that the Doctor himself will rip your face off with solos any chance he gets.


    The group of four started as just a bunch of friends, so their on-stage dynamic is unlike any other. They are constantly trying to think of new ways to make their audiences appreciate their craft while throwing in occasional jests from time to time.


    In the short period that they’ve been playing venue shows instead of grungy basements, they’ve opened for a number of acts including Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, The Hornitz, Atlas Road Crew, Elephant, and the Michelle Sarah Band. Frankly, these guys just know how to party.


    Are you Ricksperienced?


    A Band Named Coquette

    Coquette is a wildly energetic American indie band with Franco Anglo roots based in Central Vermont, consisting of Cobalt Tolbert (guitar), Angus Davis (bass) and Titien Tolbert (drums).

    more info on Coquette
  • Doctor Rick

    Doctor Rick is an electrifying group of diverse musicians. Their origins can be traced back to when their bass player, Brennan Kensey, was exposed to high levels of radiation during his childhood and consequently developed an acute sense of hearing as well as an inhuman ability to shred psychedelic bass chops that defied all existing theories of funkology. At 18, Kensey was accepted to the University of Vermont on a full-ride funkanomics scholarship. This is where he met drummer, Zach Santarsiero, an ex-convict who decided to turn his life around by using 'going hard in the tempos' as an outlet for his tendency to impulsively and viciously hit things with extremely high-energy. Together they formed an impenetrable rhythm section that rocked the land. This force of nature attracted the attention of Doctor Rick Soszynski, M.D., a bachelor in the funkological arts at UVM and savage guitar swinging warlord of the night. Upon hearing this mad scientist’s patented non-GMO guitar licks of doom, the Doc was integrated into the group and they emerged into the local music scene of Burlington, Vermont. Then, suddenly, a lone outlaw came riding on horseback from below the Mason-Dixon Line. This was none other than the fastest guitar slinger on this side of the Mississippi, Patrick Callahan. It is said that he got all of his guitar skills by making a pact with the Devil at the crossroads. Impressed by Callahan’s songwriting ability and his capacity to serenade the ladies with his melodies, he was inducted as the final ingredient to the delectable recipe for goodness that is: Doctor Rick. Are you Ricksperienced?

    more info:  DOCTOR RICK
  • Coquette

    A wildly energetic American indie band with Franco Anglo roots

    Meeting the first day of High School, they immediately started playing music together. Several incarnations later, including a run as a successful acoustic cover band named Carter Glass, Coquette emerged in the Spring of 2013. Influenced by Prog Rock and Punk, they have created a varied, frenetic kind of Alternative Rock, with a strong focus on composition. They released their first EP “The Mandrill” with Vincent Freeman of Green Mountain Records in September of 2013 and their sophomore EP, “Separatio” in November of 2014. They play regularly in Montpelier, have played several festivals around Vermont, occasionally headlining. They are continually writing new material, play at any opportunity they can grab, and have plans to conquer first New England, then The World!

    "Coquette rarely linger on any one idea for too long, and when they do it’s often to set up the next creative explosion... fiery and schizophrenic... Vacillating among proggy guitar histrionics, fist-pumping anthemic metal and furious funk-punk breakdowns... bewildering and perplexing... undeniably alluring. It’s musical MSG. The more you consume, the more you want, until you become a salty, bloated mess that can never be fully satiated. We’re hungry, Coquette."- Dan Bolles, Seven Days


    "These three youngsters... absolutely kill it, especially live. There is no substitute for youthful energy and raw talent, and these kids have both in spades. - Ed DuFresne, Times-Argus

    more info:  A band named coquette
  • Donate

    How To Donate to Support Active Minds

    All donations and ticket purchases are tax deductible and proceeds support Active Minds.

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    About Active Minds

    Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

    Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

    Active Minds was established in 2003 by Alison Malmon after tragically losing her only brother, Brian, to suicide.  Driven to combat the stigma and lack of understanding that she felt contributed to Brian's death, she developed a student organization to promote mental health awareness on her campus. Upon graduating she launched the national nonprofit, Active Minds, Inc.

    Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy.  With more than 400 student-led chapters and a dozen nationally acclaimed programs and awareness campaigns, our network is the back-up to so many young adults who are struggling.  For more information, visit www.activeminds.org.

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  • In Recognition of Joseph Loughner and all those lost to suicide

    The Spreading Light Music Festival celebrates the life of Joseph Loughner who took his own life in May 2012.  As Joe's family experiences the tragedy of losing him, they remember him as a kind person, with a love for music, who would want to do good for others.  Let's come together on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 to honor Joe and all those lost to suicide and pledge to fight depression by addressing mental illness in an open and serious way.

  • Resources

    If you know someone who is suicidal, suffers from depression, or other mental illnesses, please seek the necessary help by reaching out to available resources.

    •  Active Minds - http://www.activeminds.org

    •  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - http://www.afsp.org

    •  Center for Health and Learning - http://www.healthandlearning.org

    •  HowardCenter - http://www.howardcenter.org

    •  National Alliance on Mental Illness - http://www.nami.org

    •  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    •  Pathways Vermont (The Wellness Co-Op, Vermont Support Line, Soteria Development Project, Housing First Program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families) - http://www.pathwaysvermont.org

    •  Vermont 2-1-1 - http://www.vermont211.org

    •  Vermont Department of Mental Health - http://mentalhealth.vermont.gov

    •  Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention - http://www.umatterucanhelp.com

  • Friends of the Spreading Light Music Festival

    •  Bright Music Festival - Mental health education and resources to members of our communities whose lives have been touched by mental illness and suicide.  The first Bright Music Festival will be in East Lyme, Connecticut on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 hosting family-friendly music and poetry performances.

    •  Labor of Love Music Festival - Suicide prevention and mental health awareness benefit concert in southeastern Wisconsin.

    •  ME2/orchestra & ME2/strings - A classical music organization for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them.  ME2/ is based out of Burlington, Vermont.