Addition of Student Performers at Fall Fest Opens Doors for the Future

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Late last year, a student committee, formed in conjunction with the CAP Center, began planning Fall Fest 2014, Bucknell’s annual fall music festival. This year, the committee centered the event on the addition of eleven diverse student performances, ranging from acoustic duos, to DJ’s, dance teams and student bands. Despite being called indoors due to early morning showers, the event still was a success with Bucknell students, in large part because of the presence of student performers. Here’s a rundown of each performance: The afternoon began promptly at 2pm when Lara Murray16 played a short set of acoustic covers. As students, faculty and some admins frolicked on the inflatables, Lara’s folky voice and solid guitar work provided a fitting background to the light atmosphere of the early afternoon.

Following her set came the Buck’s Orchestra, who proved themselves as the surprise performance of the festival. The large ensemble, comprised of three vocalists, a horn sections, drums and keyboard played swing music both new and old including the Duke Ellington classic, “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and contemporary fan favorite “A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody (All We Got)” from the recent remake of The Great Gatsby. Their natural energy successfully got the crowd going.

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Photo by CJ Moy

After a short break, Ian Hackett ‘15 A.K.A DJ Blazin’ Asian took the stage at 3pm, mixing a surprising set of country, pop and electronica. For more of Hackett’s mixes, check out his Soundcload here:

Allison Cane ‘17 and William Frost ’18 changed pace, mellowing out the crowd with a soulful set of acoustic covers, including an excellent and unique cover of “Latch” by Disclosure. The duo’s voices blended nicely, and the whole crowd seemed content to sit on the ground and get off their feet while enjoying the music.

At 4pm, Jared Fallt ’15 A.K.A ANDRAViDA took the main student stage, riling up the crowd with his impressively technical DJ skills. Free downloads of his tracks can be found on his Soundcloud.

On the other side of the field house, Eric Gowat ’17 and Jon Leung ’17, now known as Jerick Lowang: Jon and Eric’s Wonderful Adventure, rocked an upbeat set of acoustic pop. Apparently unaware of their name change, the duo joked that they hoped the audience would “enjoy the adventure.”

Ending the afternoon was rock duo Manifest Destiny’s Child, comprised of seniors Eric Kwiatkowski and David Rapp-Kirshner. Similar to the Black Keys, the rock group played with just drums and a guitar, rocking the auditorium stadium-style.

During the break, a flash mob by the Bisonettes caught students off guard, and was followed by another dance performance from the Bison Girls. These two performances broke up the music nicely, allowing students to see the diversity of skilled performers around campus.

Following the dance section, blues-trio HMS Pinafore comprised of seniors Connor Small, Andrew Kilman and Ryan Sindelar performed a blazing set of blues-rock classics ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer to Arctic Monkeys, even showing their versatility by having all three members featured on guitar, drums, and bass.

Closing the evening of student performances was Thought Police, a four-piece jam-rock band again featuring Andrew Kilman (guitar/vocals) and Ryan Sindelar (drums), this time with seniors Sam Carey (bass) and Jake Perlmutter filling out the quartet. They’re breezy set was reminiscent of The Grateful Dead and Dispatch, and they displayed their vocal prowess with their harmonies. Check out their first full-length album, Ministry of Groove on Spotify!

Finally, headliner Andy Grammar took the stage at 7:30, playing an entertaining set of pop songs, mixing in well-known covers such as Chasing Cars” and “Counting Stars”. His backing-band was impressive; at one point each taking virtuosic solos. It was a shame that the covers he played were the most popular of the night, as his original material was upbeat and compelling. Overall, Grammar was a solid choice of a headliner who got the whole crowd dancing and singing.

Big thanks to CJ Moy for the photographs. Check out more of his work on Instagram and Tumblr.

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