Omnivore - King for a day: King of Pops gives back with an all-ages, rock-n-roll field day

Steven Carse talks about community, saving Criminal Records, and what Field Day is all about


Best part about being the King of Pops? “Sitting out here on a day when it’s 75 degrees and sunny and people come by and talk to you. Especially if people are excited about what you’re doing and you get a positive reaction for your product, that’s a good feeling.”

It’s been a year-and-a-half since [|Steven Carse founded King of Pops after he lost his job as an analyst at insurance company AIG, and from the sounds of it, the 27-year-old does not regret the career change in the least. Originally available at Irwin Street Market, it was only a few months before King of Pops found a permanent home on the pedestrian-heavy intersection of North and Highland avenues. In less than two years, the all-natural, vegan frozen treat caught the attention of media outlets and publications, such as Creative Loafing, CNN, and Delta’s Sky Magazine, and expanded to include retailers. Now KOP is even available out of state in North and South Carolina. So how did Carse decide to repay the community that made him King? With a free, rock ‘n’ roll field day fit for both children and adults as a way of saying thank you.
The Sun., Oct. 23, event at Masquerade Music Park includes music by local bands, such as synth-pop rockers Sealions and Beatles’ tribute band Please Please Rock Me, plus field day inspired activities, such as the three-legged race, egg toss, potato sack race and dunk tank. King of Pops Field Day also includes a yoga class by Neda Draupadi Honarvar from Tough Love Yoga at 1 p.m., food trucks, a ping pong tournament, a pop-eating contest, and ice carving.

The King of Pops Field Day Facebook event page explains: “Ever since we sold our first pop, from a seemingly misplaced push cart on North Avenue, it has been clear that this wasn’t just about some frozen goodness on a stick. Pineapple Habanero and Banana Puddin’ aside, It was about community. Thousands and thousands of smiles, as well as a few dollars later, we want to do something to say thanks and give a little back.”

With that in mind, we got together with Carse to talk about community, proceeds going to save Criminal Records, and what King of Pops Field Day is all about.]