He started out just an underage kid who would wait outside the local rock clubs, offering to load equipment so he could get into the show. He died living his dream, a platinum recording artist on tour with Ozzfest. But it was the time in between where Dave "Stage" Williams of DROWNING POOL earned the endearment of his fans, friends, family and nearly everyone who crossed his path in his all too short life. Dave was truly music lover and fan living his dream and the Dallas music community will honor him and that legacy with a multi-venue music festival, aptly named "Stage Fest". Stage Fest will be held in downtown's Dallas' Deep Ellum district on August 14, 2007, the fifth anniversary of his passing.At press time, confirmed bands for Stage Fest include Dallas area-based rock and metal bands ADVENT, CINDER CELL, DEATHRIDE, DOWNLO, LAME, MAD MEXICANS, MOURNING FURY, THE OPUS FLUX, OVERSCENE, REVOLUTION OF KNOWLEDGE, and SLING; and will play five Deep Ellum venues including Curtain Club, Liquid Lounge, Galaxy Club, Reno’s Chop Shop, and Tomcat's. The ticket price of $10 will include admission into all shows plus donated food and prizes from partners and sponsors. Proceeds from Stage Fest will be donated to Dave's parents, Charles Edward and Jo-Ann Williams of Princeton, Texas. Additional sponsors and bands (including a surprise headliner) will be added as they are confirmed in the coming weeks. Dave was known not only for his enthusiastic presence during his own performances, but also the performances of others, often finding him on the stage introducing a band, jumping in to sing along, or rallying the crowd into a frenzy, earning the nickname "Stage". Hailing from Dallas, Texas, the metal band DROWNING POOL was on their second tour with Ozzfest when Dave passed away unexpectedly on August 14, 2002, from an undiagnosed heart condition. Up to the date information can be found at the official Stage Fest web site.
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