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A rainy day could not keep students away from Mayfest

May 14, 2015

 

Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth headlined Mayfest for the first time on May 8, at The Depot–Photo by Devin Dronett

Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth headlined Mayfest for the first time on May 8, at The Depot–Photo by Devin Dronett

BLAKE BRANCH

Staff Reporter

 

Not even Mother Nature was capable of dismantling this year’s Mayfest, as an intimate crowd of around 50 revelers came out to The Depot, a local coffee shop, for a wonderful evening of music.

 

On Friday, May 8, the rain rolled in, eliminating any chance of the festival taking place at Centennial Plaza, its original site.

 

Lucky for the bands, festival organizers and attendees, The Depot reached out and stepped up immediately to offer their stage.

Chris Rimmer, lead singer of Irene & The Sleepers, sang at Tech’s Mayfest–Photo by Brian Blakely

Chris Rimmer, lead singer of Irene & The Sleepers, sang at Tech’s Mayfest–Photo by Brian Blakely

 

The festival, put on by Tech’s radio station, KLPI, featured performances by The Congo Linguists, Yorkshire Fields, The Jack Kerowax, Too Soon for Symmetry, Aep, Engine, Irene & The Sleepers and Royal Teeth.

 

All obstacles considered, the festival went well,  said Scott Cook, KLPI’s general manager and senior chemistry major.

 

“You can’t have this concert in the rain,” Cook said. “Lucky for us, one of our team told me the manager of The Depot reached out to us and were willing to host it; we are extremely thankful for them.”

 

The bands put their respective styles on display for those who managed to make it out despite the rain, even though for most of the night the crowd seemed content to sit on their hands as if they were at a play and not a concert.

 

The local flavor was provided by acts such as Irene & The Sleepers and Engine, who drove over from Shreveport, as well as those bands like the Dallas-based Jack Kerowax and the Royal Teeth, hailing from Lafayette.

 

Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth sings with passion for the audience–Photo by Brian Blakely

Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth sings with passion for the audience–Photo by Brian Blakely

Landon Miller, lead vocalist and guitarist for Engine, said Mayfest is a staple of their band’s yearly calendar.

 

“This is either our fourth or fifth Mayfest,” he said. “Despite the weather, this may be the best one yet. We started playing here when our friends were still in school here and we’ve been coming back ever since. The student involvement at this university is great.”

 

Nash Griggs, bass player for the Jack Kerowax said the weather provided an unexpected change, but praised the rest of his Mayfest/Ruston experience.

 

“This was our first time playing in Louisiana,” Griggs said. “The weather made it a little weird, but it was a great turnout and everyone here was really nice and helpful. A good and enjoyable experience, for sure.”

 Engine returned after playing multiple Mayfest shows in the past–Photo by Brian Blakely

Engine returned after playing multiple Mayfest shows in the past–Photo by Brian Blakely

 

Whether it was the southern sound of Engine and The Jack Kerowax, the alt-rock stylings of Irene & The Sleepers or the indie-pop punch provided by Royal Teeth, Cook said this Mayfest provided musical diversity for attendees, which was KLPI’s ultimate goal.

 

“We love to give back to the music community,” Cook said. “We wanted to show Tech students different kinds of music and I think we did that.”

 

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